Adrien Broner is the most hyped and highly-touted boxer to come along in years. Whereas most fighters make their bones over the span of a decade, bout by bout, victory by victory, the 23-year-old Cincinnati native has gotten to the front of the line in just over four years as a pro.
With 22 of his 26 victories coming by knockout and a career-defining fight against Paulie Malignaggi just around the corner, it is clear why so many are considering Broner to be boxing’s brightest rising star. The thing is, though, while his skill is undeniable and his No. 6 Ring pound-for-pound ranking speaks for itself, Broner is now running into a problem that a lot of up-and-coming stars often run into: he is prematurely be compared to all-time greats.
During a recent interview with Dan LeBatard, Max Kellerman discussed the fact that Broner was being lined up next to Floyd Mayweather Jr. with increasing frequency these days.
Broner is a fantastic fighter and has a bright future ahead of him, but it would probably be smart for all involved to pause the overzealous praise until after the Malignaggi match. If he can claim victory over the 32-year-old champ, then we can start putting him in ‘elite’ discussion. Until then, despite his impressive wins over some very formidable foes, Broner doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as a legend.