Washington D.C. (March 11, 2016) – Friday, April 1 on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike from Washington D.C.’s D.C. Armory, Adrien “The Problem” Broner (31-2-0,23 KO’s) puts his WBA Super World super lightweight title on the line against former British World Champion Ashley “Treasure” Theophane (39-6-1, 11 KO’s).
Theophane charges into the fight boasting a six fight win streak following a split decision loss to Mexican warrior Pablo Cesar Cano. Though his record does not seem that impressive, it can be a bit deceiving. Theophane has been in ring with serious opposition. Along with Pablo Cesar Cano he’s been in with the like’s of Danny Garcia, whom he lost to by ten round split decision, and Delvin Rodriguez, whom he defeated by 10 round majority decision.
Broner, who has won titles in four different weight classes, is 4-2 in his last six fights, suffering tough competitive losses to Marcos Rene Maidana and Shawn Porter, and winning one-sided fights against Carlos Molina, Emmanuel Taylor, John Molina Jr., and Khabib Allakherdiev. The latter being the victory that earned him the WBA Super World super lightweight (140 lb.) title.
At first glance this match up, which has received a great deal of criticism, seems like a bit of a mismatch and the perfect kind of match up for Broner. Broner, who has shown flashes of offensive brilliance, has done exceptionally well against fighters who have a low punch output, and do not carry a lot of punching power into the ring. It is a fact that Theophane, with 11 knockouts in his 39 victories, doesn’t have extraordinary punching power, but he has shown in fights, like his clash with Danny Garcia, that he is capable of moving efficiently, and throwing effective punches. Yes, Broner is a special talent offensively, but it is well-known by the boxing world that he falls into lulls throughout fights and seems to freeze when he is pressured, and forced to deal with a high output boxer. Theophane, a true professional, always comes to his fights in shape, and leaves everything in the ring. One looks back at Broner’s victory over Emmanuel Taylor. Yes, Broner won the fight by unanimous decision, but Taylor by taking advantage of the respites and providing a high punch output gave Broner fits throughout. If Theophane can utilize this same strategy and make Broner uncomfortable, this could turn into an interesting scrap.
That being said, Broner does have some significant physical advantages coming into the bout. Broner is one of the most explosive and athletically gifted offensive fighters in the game today. There is no denying that when he gets into his rhythm and starts shooting off his 4,5, even 6 punch combinations, stopping him becomes rather challenging. But the questions still linger. Can he take full advantage of his physical gifts he was given? Can he put it all together and avoid having these discreditable lulls which have occasionally been his downfall? Will he prove all the doubters wrong?
There is also an interesting twist to the story of the event. The fight is being co promoted by Broner’s About Billions Promotions and Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s Mayweather Promotions. Floyd Mayweather Jr., who is considered the best fighter of this generation, in a sense is going up against his top pupil who was briefly expected by many to be his heir apparent. A few losses, and a bit of a fallout later we find ourselves where we are today.
Other notable names on the card are Cincinnati’s Robert Easter Jr. who will be taking a big step up in class against Dominican Republic’s Algenis Mendez, Mayweather Promotion’s top prospect Gervonta Davis, Anthony Peterson, and J’Leon Love.
Television coverage for Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike April 1 begins a 9 p.m. ET/PT.
-Hector Gomez @hector_gomez810