Boxing has been ruined for the last half-century by the growing amount of weight divisions and the 4+ “champions” in each class. This was painfully evident during the Showtime broadcast of the Broner-Garcia fight. I threw up a little bit each time someone referred to Broner as being a champion in four different weight classes. What did I miss here? Lets take a look at Broner’s four “World Titles”.
Title #1 Vicente Martin Rodriguez – Won the Vacant WBO Super Featherweight title
This was a win over a man that is nowhere to be found in The Ring Magazine ratings at Super Featherweight. One title defense against nondescript opposition and a forfeiture of his trinket on the scales followed before Broner decided to move up. The Ring Ratings never ranked Broner higher than number 5. There is no way this belt crowned him a World Champion.
Title #2 Antonio DeMarco – Won WBC World Lightweight Title
This is the closest Broner ever got to being a “True” World Champion. He beat the #1 man in Antonio DeMarco to win a title and then beat 6th-ranked Gavin Rees. The problem comes that instead of unifying with Miguel Vazquez, #2 in the ratings at the time, he moved up in weight again. I believe Broner would have beaten him, but he never did.
Title #3 Paul Malignaggi – Won WBA Welterwight Championship
He defeated the light-hitting Malignaggi in a closely contested contest, but Floyd Mayweather was the “True” Welterweight champion of the world. In Broner’s first title defense he was beat up and mocked by Argentine slugger Marcos Maidana.
Title #4 Khabib Allakhverdiev – Won Vacant WBA Super Lightweight Championship
This fight obviously did not make Broner a “True” World Champion either. Haymon gave Broner a gift by pairing him up with a former holder of the trinket who hadn’t had a win in over two years, and who was not originally the mandatory.
Adrien Broner was a talented fighter who may have been a legit World Champion if he would have worked as hard at being a boxer as he did promoting himself. His style was to be like his “Big Brother” Floyd Mayweather, pot-shotting people with his superior speed. Too bad for Broner he never had the skill or the work ethic of Floyd. Hopefully Broner will just disappear into the sunset.