Businessman Broner ready for ‘special’ homecoming

After just shy of a year of inactivity, Adrien Broner will be making his ring return in Cincinnati against former sparring partner Adrian Granados this weekend. The four-division world champion appears to be back on a straight path after a sequence of controversies in recent months – and as he told gathered media, his ‘sh*t talking’ days are now behind him.

“I know everyone is used to me coming up here and being boastful,” Broner said. “That’s not me anymore. I have a lot of respect for Adrian Granados and he’s a great fighter. A businessman that can fight. That’s what I am nowadays. I’m not a sh*t talker anymore. I’m a businessman that knows how to fight.

“My best knockouts come when I don’t go for the knockout. I look at my last fight and think to myself that it was terrible because I was looking for the knockout. I watch the Khabib fight, I didn’t look for the knockout and it came. That’s when the biggest knockouts come.”

In spite of Broner insisting he was now fully focused on boxing, weight issues continue to linger. The American has a history of failing to make weight – perhaps most notably in his last fight with Ashley Theophane, which led to him being stripped of his WBA Super Lightweight title.

This bout was initially set to take place at a catchweight of 142lbs, though Broner’s team last week altered the weight limit to 147lbs due to supposed illness. ‘AB’ did not acknowledge potential weight issues, and only seemed focused on delivering a great performance for his fans. He finished by saying:

“I just want to put on a great performance for everyone in Cincinnati. It’s going to be a special atmosphere and I want to give them their money’s worth. I’ve had an amazing training camp and I feel great right now. I’m very thankful to my team who has helped me get to this point in my career.”

Adrien Broner vs. Adrian Granados will take place Saturday, February 18 from the Cintas Center at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH live on SHOWTIME. Televised coverage on begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with unbeaten light heavyweight contender Marcus Browne meeting hard-hitting former title challenger Thomas Williams Jr. in a 10-round showdown. Also featured will be WBA Welterweight Champion David Avanesyan battling former two-time world champion Lamont Peterson.

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