Adrien Broner took what amounted to a tin cup and a cardboard sign onto Instagram last week and begged his followers to send him $10 apiece to help him dig out of a financial hole that he dug all by himself.
Broner has been ordered to pay more than $800,000 to a Cleveland woman for an alleged sexual assault, and also owes $1.5 million to a New York jeweler for unpaid bills.
So A.B. — the “About Billions” fighter — who earned $2.5 million, plus a percentage of the profits, for his most-recent fight against Manny Pacquiao, no longer has enough Benjamins to flush down a gas station toilet, as he infamously did a few years ago in a video he posted on social media.
Expert analysts Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti discuss “The Problem,” whose future looks even worse than the present if he doesn’t get his act together soon in a very big way.
We also discuss Claressa Shields’ $15 million call-out of 40-year-old Laila Ali (who has been retired for 13 years), Al Haymon’s decision to fire Manny Robles for Andy Ruiz’s 288-pound girth before his recent loss to Anthony Joshua, the news that Danny Garcia had to drop 25 pounds in eight weeks to make weight for Saturday’s victory over Ivan Redkach, and speculation that Regis Prograis will fight Maurice Hooker, with Terance Crawford waiting for the winner.
All of the above is followed by back-to-back interviews with two of the hottest young featherweights in the world, Ruben Villa IV (17-0, ranked No. 5 by the WBO), who fights Friday in ShoBox’s main event, and Shakur Stevenson (13-0), who defends his WBO featherweight crown for the first time March 14 on ESPN against Miguel Marriaga.
Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show, editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com, and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of “Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy,” an Amazon bestseller.