Adrien Broner Says Fighting During a Pandemic Does Not Feel ‘Real’

Published 02/20/2021, 9:45 PM EST
BROOKLYN, NY – JULY 29: Adrien Broner reacts after losing to Mikey Garcia during their Junior Welterwight bout on July 29, 2017 at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)


After a long two-year hiatus, the ‘Problem’ Adrien Broner will finally step into the squared circle. He’ll compete against a lesser-known opponent at one of his prime weight classes, welterweight. Moving into this fight, Broner will look to stay composed mentally, as he’s stayed out of action for a substantial period.

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In a pre-fight press conference, the ‘Problem’ unveiled his notions and his mindset for this fight.

Right now, we’re just trying to beat covid. That’s the best. F**k the opponents. We just trying to beat covid. I want everything to open back up and I want people to come back to the fights. This is starting to feel like a game. Like it’s not, this is not real like this, like this. Like this is bull**it like it ain’t no people out there, this ain’t real,” he said.

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MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 18: Adrien Broner works out for the media at the 5th Street Gym on December 18, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Broner is scheduled to fight Manny Pacquiao on January 19th in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Broner, who will fight for the first time since the pandemic, admitted that this doesn’t feel real to him. He enjoys taking a dig at his adversaries by going close to them in showdowns, but because of the global pandemic, fighters need to distance themselves from each other.

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Can Adrien Broner get on track with a win in this fight?

The 31-year-old hung his gloves from the sport back in 2019 after a unanimous decision loss to Manny Pacquiao. But, he caught interest in lacing up the gloves again and began training for his comeback in late 2020. Broner is confident of putting up a show in this fight, as he feels he’s worked extremely hard over the past few months.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 19: Adrien Broner walks to his corner during the WBA welterweight championship against Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Earlier, he was supposed to fight Pedro Campa on this card, but the latter pulled out of the fight as someone from his team tested positive for COVID-19.

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If the ‘Problem’ secures a win over the undefeated Jovanie Santiago in this fight, he’ll put himself in contention for a title shot in the future. Fans will look forward to seeing Broner get his hand raised in the ring so that he could be motivated to box again with regularity.

Could the former champion get used to the new normal if he competes regularly?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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