Two time world champion Paulie Malignaggi wants a rematch with Adrien Broner.
Two time world champion Paulie Malignaggi wants a rematch with Adrien Broner.
On Friday, April 01, 2016, in front of a sold out crowd of 8,172 at the DC Armory in Washington DC, former Super Lightweight Champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (32-2, 24KOs) stopped Ashley “Treasure” Theophane (39-7-1, 11KOs) by TKO in the 9th round. It was a rough week for Broner. He lost his title for failing to make weight and is also being forced to settle an arrest warrant for felonious assault and aggravated robbery in his hometown of Cincinnati.
Broner took out all his frustrations on Englishman Ashley Theophane. In the early rounds, Broner brushed off Ashley’s overhand rights with vicious uppercuts and body shots. By the middle rounds, it was only a matter a time before the battered Theophane succumbed to Broner’s power. The end came in the 9th round after a Broner uppercut wobbled Theophane. Broner would follow up with a body shot, which later, after replay was shown to be a low blow sending the battered Theophane across the ring. Theophane raised his hand to signal of the low blow, But referee Luis Pabon waived the bout; calling it at 1:10 in the 9th round.
Mike Stafford, the man behind Broners success and trainer since childhood, speaks with boxhernews.com, giving viewers a glimpse into the soul of the man…WBA (Super) Super Lightweight Champion Adrien Broner (31-2, 23 KOs).
Saturday March 12th– Oohs and Ahh’s notify onlookers of the champs’ arrival. Adrien “The Problem” Broner strides through the double doors at the Sugar Ray boxing gym to take in a night of amateur bouts, at the Golden Gloves boxing tournament. With a few accompanying friends in tow, he tries making his way to his seat. However, when you’re one of the most successful and outspoken millennial, in the sport, the trek to finding a seat, can seem like a monumental task. As he makes his way through the crowd, Park Police Officer, McCracker, approaches the Phenom and asks for a picture. The often publically brash, Broner, appears honored by the request and obliges the serviceman. As more and more attendants become aware of his presence, Broner stops to shake hands, take more pics and engage every person wanting to be noticed.
The night of fights seem to preoccupy Broner’s mellow mood. In just 2-weeks, he will go head to head with fellow boxer, Ashley Theophane,(36-6-1, 11 KOs) who’s a member of the esteemed Money Team. Now, for most, going against any part of the Mayweather machine, would cause one to tremble in intimidation, however 26-year old Broner seems the least bit phased, as he interrupts an intense day of training, to support amateur boxers.
After my many attempts at getting the athlete to speak to me, when I am denied again, do I find myself simply staring at him, waiting for some volcanic like eruption to ooze from his mouth? “The Problem” simply states, “I don’t do interviews”, and he says it with a smile. Ohh Kay, what was that?! The publically feral, and habitually flippant super lightweight champ, I was expecting, gave me a stern, but gracious response. While I know probing him will not be in my best interest, I notice something. What I’ve come to believe about his persona non grata, may be an allusion, a well formulated character, who lives in stark contrast to the man himself. Now my mind and eyes are warring trying to make sense of the person I believed Broner to be, and the kind, generous superstar seated just a couple of feet away.
Once the dust is settled and the fights begin, it’s easy to see the man affectionately known as “Coach Mike” standing off to the side, studying each person entering the ring. Most of the attendees don’t take a second look at the kind gentleman standing towards the back. While unassuming, the always smiling Mike, lurks in the backdrop, quietly. As the many fighters test out nerves and prepare for their moment of stardom, none of the potential prospects pay attention to the one person, who could develop their talents, just like he did with his most famed protégé.
While his appearance isn’t lost on everyone in the packed gym, his show of support for the hungry talent, speaks louder than any knuckle crunching and faces splitting action taking place inside the square-ring. The Ohio born Stafford, on the surface is the complete contradiction to the aura emanating from his famed apprentice. Mike keeps Broner feet planted on the ground. When Mike is in the room, everyone including Adrien Broner listens.
Famed Trainer Mike Stafford took a moment out of his time to talk about Adrien Broner, and offer a couple clues into solving “The Problem”:
As a man; Adrien Broner (he) cares about kids. He got 7 kids now, he is a good father. He has over 20 members at my gym. He helps the kids at my gym. He provides transportation, meal money and uniforms, whenever I come to him he cuts a check; that’s the type of guy he is. Adrien employs a lot of people. He has over fifteen people he employes.
When you see negative articles about him?
You know you got to remember he’s a kid, an inner city kid too. He did a lot of growing up. He is not pushing or smoking dope, he always tested negative for drugs. Most of these guys test positive for a lot of stuff.
Next fight against Ashley Theophane?
Training going great, Adrien is a World Champion, and he acting like a World Champion. It just so happen its Floyd’s fighter. Adrien did not call Ashley out, Ashley called Adrien out, and Al Haymon made the fight happen. Its going to do wonders for Ashley to get in the ring with Adrien. A lot of fighters do not want to fight Adrien. I’ve seen him knock guys out with a jab. Adrien is an all time talented kid. He’s not going let any one steamroll him and take his belt. His smartness is there; all is left is to raise his hand on April 01.
Adrien Broner takes on Ashley Theophane Friday, April 01, 2015 at the DC Armory.
Written by Minnie Larry
March 12 Results:
The Washington Golden Gloves championship tournament continued with the Semi-Finals, Saturday March 12, at the Sugar Ray Leonard community center Palmer Park, Maryland. This hot night of boxing brought out current WBA Super Lightweight Champion Adrien Broner and former WBA Middleweight Champion William Joppy.
Every punch thrown, and every punch taken, had the packed house on the edge of their seats. Alvain Amana won a stunning TKO victory over Daniel Hawkins sending the crowd into an uproar. The fight of the night belonged to Tyrek Irby in the Open Division. The action between Irby and Gregory Outlaw was intense and resulted in each fighter landing strong punches, which could have seen the fight go either way. Irby would take the win after the final bell.
Tonight was a showcase of tenacity, and a battle of wills…..here are the results:
Semifinal bout: Deon Giles (No Xcuse) won over Damare Dawkins (Unattached)
Championship Bout: Shakell Daly (Sugar Ray Leonard) won the title by defeating Donte Baytop (UMAR)
Joshua Woodard (Headbangers) over Sang Kim (Unattached)
Marcus Johnson (Limelite) over Jaqueem Hutcherson (Keystone)
Leroy Payne (Headbangers) over Charles Johnson (UMAR)
Female Championship – Kierra Kerry of D-Block defeated Ladasha Lewis for the female 141lb Championship
Donnell Poe (Old School) won by walkover (other opponent did not make weight)
Kalonni Daly (Sugar Ray Leonard) over Felix Manzueta (Dog Pound)
Champ Moultrie (Laurel) over William Joppy, Jr. (Sugar Ray Leonard)
Alvin Amana (Switch Hitters) TKO victory over Daniel Hawkins (Keystone)
Thomas Mottinger (Main Street) over Nelson Reyes (Champions)
Malik Jackson (Limelite) over Dwayne Holmes, Jr. (Sugar Ray Leonard)
Tommy Avelar (Sugar Ray) over Cody Woodland (Woodland Rec)
Tyrek Irby (Headbangers) over Cody Woodland (Woodland Rec)
Joshua Lee (UMAR) over Dionte Burts (Woodland)
Maiwak Da’goot (Hillcrest) over Alonzo Thompson (Headbangers)
Mark Duncan (Headbangers) over Troy Moody (Old School)
Cortez Dunston (UMAR) over Ralph Alexander (Sugar Ray Leonard)
Nathaniel Copeland (D-Block) TKO victory over Jeraldo Cotto (Tony’s Athletic Club)
Let’s continue to support such positive events. The saga continues March 19.
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Kings Promotions, “The Battle of the Potomac” unleashed a torrent of boxing at the Walter E. Washington Center in Washington D.C. Saturday Night. The standing room crowd included a who’s who in boxing and politics. Celebrities on hand included, Lamont and Anthony Peterson, Adrien Broner, Dominic Wade (scheduled to take on GGG on April 23rd) and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.
The Main Event featured Super Lightweight Tyrone “Ty” Barnett (23-4-1, 15 KOs). Barnett scored an 8th Round TKO over Daniel “The Prophet” Attah (28-22-1, 11 KOs). Ty controlled the action with his jab stunning right hand, and combos. He prowled the ring like a skilled hunter seeking to destroy its prey. By Round 6, Barnett sent “The Prophet” to the canvas with a vicious right to the body and left to the head. The action picked up in the 8th, with Attah taking the fight to Barnett. Attah would land several shots, which, seemed to stun Ty. However, “The Prophet” could not foresee the Barnett uppercut that sent him to the canvass. Attah would beat the ten count only to be sent to the canvas again. The referee called the bout due to Attah being unable to continue. Time was 2:46
In the Co-Feature of the night, Super Lightweight Mykal “The Professor” Fox (9-0, 2 KOs) maintains his perfect record against Claudinei Lacerda (17-14-1, 12 KOs). The Professor dictated the fight by using his stiff jab to control where he wanted Lacerda’s head to go. In round 1, the baby-face Fox cracked his challenger’s body so hard; it caused Lacerda to take a knee. “The Professor” schooled his opponent throughout the fight, by not only allowing his height and reach to work in his favor, but also by staying quick on his feet. Fox would go on to win the bout by Unanimous Decision: 60-54 and 59-55 2x.
Middleweight Demond Nicholson (16-1, 16KOs) entered the ring with a focus that tore through Jose Valderrama (4-13, 3KOs). Nicholson landed a thunderous body shot which caused Valderrama to take a knee in Round 1. Valderrama would not answer the call before ten, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:46 in the 1st round.
The Super Bowl first introduced us to Sam “Vanilla Gorilla” Crossed (2-0, 1KO) in a Michael and Son commercial, featuring Mike Tyson. The star however, set Hollywood aside, to put on a boxing clinic, of opponent Martez Williamson (1-10, 0KOs) in the Cruiserweight bout. The one-sided fight saw Williamson lose focus and begin threatening to beat several unnamed individuals in the crowd. The clowning in the ring did not translate to a win. Crossed won 40-36, and 39-37 2x.
Antonio “Teflon” Magruder (4-0, 3KOs) stopped Terrell James (1-3-1, 0KOs) by TKO in Round 3. “Teflon” laid the wood to James dropping him twice in Round 1. James would survive the round only to continue to suffer in Round 2. “Teflon’s” beating of James did not stop in Round 3. He smothered James at the start of Round 3, which in turn caused James to call it quits in this Super Lightweight bout. Time 1:50.
In the “I can’t believe that just happened” bout, Cruiserweight Jordan Shimmell (20-1, 17 KOs) beat Willis Lockett (14-16-5, 5 KOs) by disqualification. Shimmell sent Willis to the canvass twice in Round 2 with several body shots. Willis’ mouthpiece felt it best to be outside his mouth, so Willis’ mouthpiece made appearances on the mat as well as outside the ring, throughout the fight. The referee called the bout due to excessive holding in the 3rd round at 1:23.
Patrick Harris (8-0, 5 KOs) made easy work of fellow Super Lightweight Christopher Russell (3-16-1, 2 KOs) with a vicious body shot that sent Russell to the canvass, in the first round. Russell tried, but eventually could not beat the ten count. Harris gets the Round-One victory at 2:03.
Heavyweight Luther Smith (4-0 4 KOs) won by knock out against Charlemagne Jones (2-5-1, 2 KOs). Smith battered Jones around the ring causing the referee to stop the fight 47 seconds in Round 2.
The opening bout saw Heavyweight, Wesley Triplett (3-0, 1 KO) out point the game challenger Aldando Pugh (1-7-1, 1 KO). Triplett controlled the action by landing the crisper shouts. The 4-round bout ended with a Majority decision for Triplett 39-37 2x, and 40-37 Pugh.