By Jim Dower: WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Jose Ramirez is delighted to hear the news of Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner talking of moving down to 140 to compete in the same weight class as him. Broner (33-4-1, 24 KOs) said this week that he wants to move down to light welterweight, and that he’d beat Ramirez and WBA champion Regis Prograis (24-0, 20 KOs).
Ramirez states that the still young 30-year-old Broner has lost his hunger for the sport after accomplishing so much earlier in his career. He’s ready to beat Broner, and hand his first knockout loss of his career.
By the time Broner was 26-years-old in 2015, he’d already captured four division world titles.
Things haven’t gone well for Broner since 2015, as his record is 2-2-1 in his last five fights since winning his fourth division title against Khabib Allakhverdiev. Ramirez (25-0, 17 KOs) believes he’ll be the first fighter to knockout Broner in his career.
Ramirez: The 140 pound division can use Broner
“I’ll fight Adrien Broner anytime. If he’s serious, and let’s me handle my business, and then I’ll be happy to fight him,” said Jose Ramirez to Fighthub. “I don’t pay attention to a fighter until the contracts are signed for to face each other. He didn’t do too well at 147. So maybe at 140, he’ll be a better fighter. I hope he does make that move, because at 140, we could use names like Adrien Broner.
It’s good for us to have those type of names to be in the mix. I think it would be a great fight, an entertaining fight. I don’t think Broner can keep up with my pace. But I’d be more than happy to fight someone like Adrien Broner,” said Ramirez.
Broner needs to make the move to 140 right now, because he’s floundering at 147 and he’s going to burn up his career if he stays there. But even in moving down to 140, there’s guarantees that things will be any better for Broner. He’ll need to prove that he can compete with the elite level fighters like Ramirez, Prograis, Josh Taylor, and Maurice Hooker. Broner may his hands full beating the contenders like Ivan Baranchyk, Subriel Matias, and Pablo Cesar Cano. There are a handful of other contenders that Broner would need to be able to beat in addition to these guys.
Ramirez: I’d be the first to knockout Broner
“I never like to say it, but I think I’d give him his first stoppage,” said Ramirez in predicting a knockout victory over Broner. “But, I think so. I think my high volume of punches [and fast] pace [would be too much for Broner]. I think he’s very defensive, and that works good for me, because with eight ounce gloves, I can break through that guard,” said Ramirez.
It would be hard for Ramirez to knockout Broner, because he’s not a huge puncher. Broner has a lot of experience against top names, and Ramirez isn’t in the same league. The way Broner struggled against Mikey Garcia, Jessie Vargas and Porter, he would lose to Ramirez by a decision. As long as Broner stays off the ropes, he’ll be fine against Ramirez. Broner couldn’t afford to fight Ramirez off the ropes the way Maurice Hooker recently did in their unification fight on July 27 in Arlington, Texas. Ramirez knocked Hooker out in the sixth round.
Broner doesn’t possess the hunger he once had says Ramirez
“I don’t think he has that hunger he had once,” said Ramirez. “When you don’t have that hunger that makes you want to be serious and put yourself and have pride, that’s when it becomes the most difficult fight. Adrien Broner, I think he’s already satisfied with what he’s already made. That’s to my advantage if I have to fight a fighter like that,” said Broner.
Ramirez isn’t the only one that believes that Broner has lost his hunger. A lot of Boxing fans believe the same thing, because his outside of the ring activities have been hard to ignore. At the same time, Broner is no longer winning world titles, and his career is sagging. When Broner has stepped up a level to fight good opposition recently, he’s lost. Broner is arguably past the point of no return as far as the welterweight division goes. He’s lost too many fights for him to be useful as an opponent for the top guys. The only thing Broner can do now is try and resurrect his career at 140.
Broner’s four losses on his record were 12 round decision defeats to Marcos Maidana, Shawn Porter, Mikey Garcia and Manny Pacquiao. Adrien also has a controversial 12 round draw against Jessie Vargas in 2018. Further, Broner has three questionable wins on his resume against Daniel Ponce De Leon, Paulie Malignaggi and Adrian Granados. A lot of people believe that Broner should have lost those three fights as well as his match against Vargas. If those four fights resulted in losses for Broner, his current record would be 30-8 instead of 33-4-1. Broner would be seen as a journeyman now.