Posted 12:00 AM | Feb 24, 2012
|Weight Class:||Super Featherweight|
26 Wins | 0 Losses | 22 KOs
|Birthdate:||July 28, 1989|
With 22 pro fights under his belt, 22-year old Adrien Broner has paid his dues, and on November 26th, 2011 he made the most of his hard work when he knocked out Argentina's Vicente Martin Rodriguez in three rounds for the vacant WBO 130-pound world championship.
A standout amateur who came up in the same gym as 2000 US Olympians Ricardo Williams Jr. and Dante Craig, Broner was boxing - along with his twin brother Andre - before he even turned ten years old. And as he grew older, the results were even more impressive, as he won the prestigious Silver Gloves tournament in 2002 and 2003 and made it to the semifinals of the 2005 Junior Olympics.
By 2008, the pro game beckoned for Broner, and he made his debut on May 31st with a 32 second destruction of Allante Davis. His next two foes didn't fare much better, with neither David Warren Huffman (1:20) or Ramon Flores (2:11) getting out of the opening round.
On November 22, 2008, Broner made it 4-0 by stopping Terrance Jett in six rounds in his Las Vegas debut on the Ricky Hatton vs Paul Malignaggi undercard, and 14 days later he was back in Vegas, taking out Scott Furney in just 74 seconds.
2009 continued Broner's hit parade as he scored impressive decision wins over Jose Lugo, Eric Ricker, and Fernando Quintero, showing that he's more than just a knockout artist. That doesn't mean that Broner abandoned his home run swing though, as he also found time to knock out five foes in 2009, including 15-1 prospect William Kickett, who the Cincinnati product halted in six rounds.
On January 23, 2010, Broner began his third calendar year as a pro with a fourth round TKO of Roberto Acevedo to improve to 14-0 with 11 KOs, and after halting Rafael Lora in a single round less than four months later, he won his first pro title with a sixth round TKO of Carlos Claudio on June 19th that earned him the vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental crown.
Following a September 4th blowout of 11-1-1 Guillermo Sanchez in just two rounds, the Cincinnati cyclone was back in action in Newark, New Jersey on November 6th with a 94 second destruction of 60 fight veteran Ilido Julio, and on January 15, 2011, Broner won the WBC USNBC lightweight title with a first round finish of 10-1-2 John Revish.
The best was yet to come though, as Broner scored his biggest career win to date on March 5, 2011 when he decisioned 41-2 former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon over 10 closely-contested rounds to take the vacant WBO intercontinental title. He didn't leave matters in the hands of the judges in his next bout though, as destroyed respected contender Jason Litzau in a single round, earning the vacant WBC USNBC junior lightweight title.
The icing on the cake was his November 2011 win over Rodriguez, which not only earned him his first world title, but that was also held in his hometown of Cincinnati.
On February 25, 2012, the new champ made a successful first defense of his WBO 130-pound title by stopping Eloy Perez at 2:24 of the fourth round.
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