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ADRIEN BRONER: "I'M NEVER AFRAID TO GET HIT...I LOVE CONTACT"

By Ben Thompson | November 19, 2012
ADRIEN BRONER:

"You know, I don't think there's nobody out there who's going to make me really have to move around. You know, this isn't just boxing, this is an art, and I'm definitely painting pictures...The biggest problem of the night was putting my robe on because I already had my gloves on...To be honest man, I haven't told nobody this, but after that 2nd round, he was done...It was easy money. I was laughing the whole time. But, I'ma be honest, he can crack; he can hit, but at the end of the day, you know, I've been sucker punched before, I've been in street fights, I've been in brawls, I do it all...I'm never afraid to get hit. Everybody is like, 'What if you get hit?' I love contact. You know, I love contact so much, I just like to scroll through my phone and see whose numbers I got. That's how much I love contact," stated WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner, who talked about his impressive 8th round stoppage of former champion Antonio DeMarco, his future plans, and much more. Check it out!

BT: What's going on Adrien?

AB: I ain't doing shit. I'm slidin' in the Range, brotha?

BT: Congratulations on the performance. You said that the fight was going to be like Mayweather-Corrales, but oowee, that looked more like Mayweather-Gatti.

AB: Yeah. It was ugly, for sure.

BT: I didn't know it was going to be that ugly though.

AB: Man, come on, that's what I do to mothafuckas.

BT: (Laughing) So tell me about it! Did everything go according to plan?

AB: I mean, it was cool. You know, he tried to come out and be competitive for the first, what, round or two, and after that, the skills took over.

BT: You told me even before the fight was official that you would stand right in front of him and break him down, and you did just that.

AB: Exactly! You know, I don't think there's nobody out there who's going to make me really have to move around. You know, this isn't just boxing, this is an art, and I'm definitely painting pictures.

BT: That was your first fight at 135. I know you're a big guy for the weight, but could you tell any difference in fighting at 135 as opposed to fighting at 130?

AB: Um, it wasn't a difference. I'm so used to sparring middleweights. You know, the weight thing wasn't nothing. It wasn't a problem at all, you know. Let me tell you what the biggest problem of the night was. I'm gonna let you know the honest to God truth. The biggest problem of the night was putting my robe on because I already had my gloves on.

BT: (Laughing) That's fucked up.

AB: I'm serious.

BT: (Laughing) The robe was too small; you couldn't get your gloves through it?

AB: Nah, man. I couldn't maneuver through, man.

BT: The reason why I asked is because during training camp, you posted a video of you doing a lot of weight training. I've never seen you lifting like that before, so I didn't know if you were actually trying to bulk up or if it's something that's always been a part of your training.

AB: That was part of the regular thing we do, for sure, but at the same time, it's just hard work. It's a lot of work that the world still hasn't seen from Adrien Broner. That was regular work, for sure.

BT: Going into the fight, a lot of people said Antonio DeMarco was going to be your toughest test. I think even you said that, on paper, he did look like he would be your toughest test. Now that the fight is over, do you think he's actually been your toughest test? I mean, you just made it look so easy.

AB: Um, despite the way I made it look, it wasn't. To be honest, he's a tough mothafucka. Anybody else, you know, they wouldn't have been there for them shots; they wouldn't have stood in there for that long. He was one of the toughest guys that I ever faced.

BT: As you were walking him down, which you started doing very early in the fight, it looked like he caught you with a couple of punches and you just kind of smiled and laughed at him. Did you feel anything on his punches being that he is a natural 135-pounder?

AB: He couldn't hit me; he never hit me flush. I was just ready for whatever.

BT: It seemed like you were able to do whatever you wanted to do to him from the get-go. At what point in the fight did you know you were going to step it up and close the show?

AB: To be honest man, I haven't told nobody this, but after that 2nd round, he was done. He was already slow from the beginning. You know, you got fighters who try to make theyselves fast, and then you got just God-gifted fast fighters. He tried to make himself fast. You could see it, and he was just getting slower and slower. I wasn't going for that shit, man. It was easy money. I was laughing the whole time. But, I'ma be honest, he can crack; he can hit, but at the end of the day, you know, I've been sucker punched before, I've been in street fights, I've been in brawls, I do it all. I done seen a barrel at my head, you know what I'm sayin'. What the fuck is a punch to me? I'm never afraid to get hit. Everybody is like, "What if you get hit?" I love contact. You know, I love contact so much, I just like to scroll through my phone and see whose numbers I got. That's how much I love contact. I don't even gotta call nobody. I just scroll through my phone for no reason; I love contact that much.

BT: Well, I know you told me before the fight that you were expecting an easy outing, but I didn't expect it to look that easy.

AB: Hey, like my big brother [Floyd Mayweather] say man, all work is easy work, man.

BT: Speaking of your big brother, I saw you two were tweeting back and forth after the fight. I'm sure it's good to know that he took notice of the performance.

AB: Of course. I mean, you know, with a performance like that, how could you ignore it. You can't.

BT: I know everybody is always trying to compare you to Floyd. Do you think that performance will make people realize that you're actually...

AB: (Cutting in) I'm not a duplicate of Floyd.

BT: Yeah, that's what I was getting at.

AB: That's what I've been saying. Like I said, he's the best ever in his era, and I'm the best in my era. We support each and we're brothers. At the end of the day, we support each other. When he fights, I support him and when I fight, he supports me, and that's how it is.

BT: So what's next? I know you mentioned a few things during the post-fight press conference. Even before the fight, I know you said Ricky Burns can get it too. I mean, is that direction you're heading in or are you just going to sit back and wait to see who wants to come get it?

AB: Man, we going to wait. You know, we got time on our side. I'm only 23. I feel like Jordan for the Bulls, man. I'm only 23.

BT: I heard some of the reporters were already trying to push you up to 140.

AB: They was trying to go to 47, 54. All that tells me is that I got the whole world of boxing in my hands. I'm a guy who come up from 130, and before I have my first 35 fight, they want me to fight at 47. I mean, come on, man.

BT: So with that said, I take it there's still business to take care of at 135 and there's no rush to move up to 140.

AB: Of course.

BT: So guys like Ricky Burns, Miguel Vazquez, and Mercito Gesta have a problem coming their way.

AB: I'm pretty sure they won't be able to make the weight no more. And guess what. I know one thing. Before Adrien Broner gets back on the television, I ain't even gotta see the views; I know the views went crazy, I don't gotta know the views right now, but I know one thing, I need another figure. Me, you know, I'm just the type to go get it, man. You know, that's what I'm used to; that's how I was brought up. You know, walk around with two straps. I had it all on me all at one time. I was going all out. That's just me. I'ma go out with a bang. If I'ma do it, I'ma do it. I ain't gonna half step nothin'. That's just me.

BT: So what's your immediate plans? You going to take a break and go on a victory tour for the holidays?

AB: I don't know, man. You know what I got planned next, man. I'ma go have some sex and then on Monday, back to kicking ass and hittin' bags, man.



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