Adrian Broner: Boxing’s newest star?

Updated: November 20, 2012

NEW YORK, NY (BASN)—Adrian Broner is being matched, paced, and tracked as a future star in boxing. Broner has the necessary ingredients of becoming a star. He’s young, somewhat appealing, and he is an undefeated world champion with the backing of HBO.

A carefully matched Broner (25-0, 21 KOs) ceased the WBC lightweight championship following eighth round TKO of Antonio DeMarco (28-3-1, 21 KOs) last Saturday. The bout was the featured main event of a HBO broadcast from Hurricane Sandy-stricken Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.

“I was shaking and baking him and flipped him up,” Broner said afterwards. “I knew coming into this to fight that this was going to be a world class fight, but I knew he didn’t have the skills to beat me.”

Broner, a two-division world champion, won his first world title, the WBO super featherweight championship by defeating Vincente Martin Rodriguez (KO 3) in November 2011. Broner has been showcased on HBO frequently for several fights. As he continues to move up in weight, more opportunities wait.

Broner is fast, exciting, and his brash post-fight comments make him must-see TV.

“What can I say after a performance like that?” Broner asked. “I am elite. Like I said coming into this fight, I’m an elite fighter that can make a great fighter look like an amateur and I think that’s what I did tonight.”

Is Adrian Broner truly boxing’s next biggest star? Only way to determine that is if he remains undefeated and continues to dominate opponents/world champions from one weight-class to the next the way Flod Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in recent years.

At age 23, the young Cincinnati, OH native has lots of time and opportunity to develop into something special.

Seth Mitchell KO’d by Klitschko trainer, sparring partner

Seth Mitchell was a desperate pitch from Golden Boy Promotions to create a new American heavyweight contender to one day next year to challenge unified IBF/WBA and WBO/IBO/Ring Magazine heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Not only was Mitchell, at 6’ 2,” 240-pounds smaller than a Klitschko, the guy can’t even make it past the sixth round in his fights. To make things worse, Mitchell, a former collegian athlete and football standout, can’t take a punch. Even worse than that, Mitchell (25-1-1, 19 KOs), last Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, was knocked out by Jonathan Banks (29-1-1, 19 KOs), a former cruiserweight contender not recognized for having a heavyweight punch.

Mitchell was knocked to the floor three times en route to a shocking second-round knockout. Banks, a former protégé of the late Emmanuel Steward and trainer/sparring partner for Wladimir Klitschko, proved that all of the hours working with Steward and Klitschko through the years paid-off.

“I have so much momentum going right now,” said Banks. Banks guided Klitschko to a successful unanimous decision win against the rugged Mariusz Wach in Germany just days after Steward’s death. “All I can think about is how thankful I am for Emanuel Steward. Without boxing, I wouldn’t be here and he taught me the game of boxing.”

Banks believed Steward was with him in his corner while he was fighting Mitchell.

“Emanuel was with me in spirit,” Banks added. “He was in my ear telling me to keep moving and keep boxing. He was with me the whole time. I dedicate this victory to Emanuel.”

All the talk was about Mitchell needing only three-four more fights before challenging Klitschko, a veteran of 62 professional fights, 51 KOs, two-time world heavyweight champion, and gold medal winner at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Mitchell’s stamina was terrible, he’s easy to hit, and his experience is laughable. Credit for Mitchell being a big, strong guy, but aren’t most heavyweights?

It was tough for those that have supported Mitchell to watch him struggle the way he did against Banks, especially after Mitchell’s previous fight against Chazz Witherspoon in April. Mitchell withstood a punishing second-round onslaught to win on a TKO in the third round. But Mitchell simply didn’t have the magic to come-from-behind to win once again.

“I could have gotten through the [second] round, but the ref did what he had to do,” Mitchell said. “In the second round, the game plan was to be smart. I was trying not to get caught, but then I threw a looping shot and he did what he was supposed to do, he counter-punched me.”

Mitchell added: “I will bounce back. This might set me back a little bit, but don’t be sorry for me, be sorry for my next opponent.”

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