“Hook, right, goodnight,” Adrien Broner Aims On Building His Own Legacy


    In the press conference for his upcoming WBC Lightweight championship defense against Britain’s former Light Welterweight  champion,  Gavin Rees on February 16th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Currently one of boxing’s hottest properties: Broner was at his outspoken, brash and quotable best as he discussed the upcoming fight, as well as his future plans and aspirations.

    “What can I say?  I’m 23 [years old].  I’m young and I’m getting it,’’ the Cincinnati resident proclaimed from the outset.

    At this point, the level of self-belief Broner has in his abilities is now evident for the world to see. But he was quick to point out he wasn’t taking Rees lightly.

    “I don’t underestimate him [Rees].  If we stood face-to-face, I probably couldn’t see him, but I respect him as a fighter,” said Broner.

    “I respect every fighter because only a boxer knows what we go through once we get into that ring.” He went on to add, “He [Rees] is a former champion at light welterweight.  He’s coming down in weight so he is used to getting hit by strong fighters,” he went on to add.

    Eager to not heap too much praise on Rees, when discussing his preparation for the fight his description was dismissive towards his opponent. “Training camp was great.  We don’t watch tape.  I’ve never seen him [Rees] fight before.”

    Broner is a pulverizing figure and his brash persona is a big turn-off to many. When his personality does is elevate expectations of his performance and makes him a prime target for failure. In summary of his comments about Rees, Broner had a definitive message:

    “I am not about to miss the boulder on this man’s shoulders.  He is going to be there all night or until I put him to sleep.”

    His pulverizing personality, is also garnering big business for Broner and if he is able to continue producing dominant performances, his assertion to super stardom may not be too far into the future.

    In commenting on his plans followed an expected victory over Rees, Broner  appeared coy and focused on the fight with Rees in front of him.

    “This is going to be a fun year for me.  I’m not looking past this fight, but I’m ready to fight whoever.  We’re going to take care of business Saturday night.”

    When discussing his aspirations for his career, again Broner reverted to a more reserved persona:

    “To this day, right now, I could literally leave boxing and be like, ‘I did more than anybody in my family ever did.’  I could provide for my kids and my family, but I’m not going to settle for that.  I’m trying to be the best boxer to ever lace up a pair of gloves.  That’s my goal. I have my own legacy.  Everybody has their own legacy.  Who knows?  Maybe I go all the way up to 154 and win a championship.  I know I could do it.”

    However, Broner could not resist ending with one of his trademark comments:

    “Put your glasses on because I am going to shine [Saturday night].  Hook, right, goodnight.”