Broner: I’m taking over boxing

Adrien Broner claims he is ready to take over boxing in the absence of retired pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather as everyone else is boring.

Broner will put his WBA super lightweight title on the line against Mayweather-promoted Ashley Theophane in Washington on April 1.

The American, who has also held the WBO junior lightweight, WBC lightweight and WBA welterweight belts, will be having his second fight since losing to Shawn Porter in June.

“I want everyone to come out. Big brother Floyd Mayweather is gone, everyone else is too boring, so I’m taking over the sport,” said Broner (31-2, 23 KOs).

“This is really a big fight for me. I know that Ashley Theophane is going to come to fight, because he has something to prove. He’s going to try to take my world title.

“A lot of people told me I wouldn’t be here. I come from nothing. Like cereal and water nothing. I’m very fortunate to have someone like Floyd to look up to. I don’t want to be like Floyd though, I don’t want to be like any man. I admire him and respect him, but I’m creating my legacy.

“At the end of the day, Floyd and Ashley aren’t on my side. I’m against them. They’re coming to dethrone me. They’re my enemy right now and I’m going to beat Ashley down.

“This training camp, I’ve really been perfecting my craft. This is going to be the best performance of my career. It’s going to be a highlight reel performance. I’m not coming to just get a win.

“This fight isn’t going four rounds. Nine minutes is too much. I’m going to torture this guy.

“There’s nothing Floyd can teach [Theophane]. At the end of the day, it all goes out the window. The trainers and entourage can’t help. They can’t help Ashley Theophane.”

Theopane, who moved to Las Vegas two years ago after losing the British title to Darren Hamilton, has won six fights on the trot and is determined to repay boxer-turned promoter Mayweather’s faith in him.

“I’m representing Floyd Mayweather. He has my back and he believes in me. He believes I can win and that’s extra motivation.

“I want to be the best I’ve ever been. I want to fight the fight of my life on April 1. I don’t want to turn the clock back. I want this to be the best performance of my career.

“It’s been a long journey as a professional and I have to thank Floyd for giving me this chance. April 1 is going to be a war. Adrien is a warrior and I know he has no quit in him.”

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