Adrien “The Problem” Broner is a wasted talent, according to Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez. He feels that the 28-year-old Broner hasn’t taken full advantage of his ability that he was blessed with.
Broner is a former 4 division world champion, so he’s obviously utilized his talent to a large degree, but he likely would have done much more if he’d stayed in the gym and improved his craft in between fights.
Broner was recently soundly beaten by lightweight Mikey Garcia by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision on July 29 in a fight televised by Showtime at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Broner made the mistake of entertaining training camp with his weight too high, and he was forced to burn off a lot of weight. By the time he got inside the ring with Mikey Garcia, he was weak and not powerful enough to compete.
“I think Broner unfortunately is a talent that’s just been wasted. He has just wasted so much, and I feel sorry for Mike Stafford, his coach,” said Abel Sanchez to Fighthub. ”He finally gets a guy that can really do something — no, he’s not Mayweather but he’s a talent.”
Broner is still a good fighter, but he’s letting his weight get out of control in between fights. He can’t be going into training camp in the 180s and having to boil down 25 to 30 lbs. to get to around 150 for his fights in the light welterweight division. That’s not going to work for Broner.
Unfortunately for him, he’s let his weight get high so many times that his body has reached a new set point in terms of his weight, and he can’t go back to the divisions where he previously enjoyed his greatest success at super featherweight and lightweight. Broner is stuck at light welterweight and welterweight. I don’t think Broner can even fight at a high level even at 140. He has to take too much weight off for him to be successful fighting in the 140 lb. division.
I don’t know if it would have made a difference whether Broner had stayed dedicated to his training in the last 4 years. I think Broner was doomed to failure as soon as he moved up in weight to the 140 and 147 pound divisions. Broner doesn’t have the power or the speed to compete at a high level in those weight classes like he did when he was fighting in the 130 and 135 lb. weight classes. He doesn’t have the same tools in the light welterweight and welterweight divisions for him to dominate.
“I thought that Mikey at 140 might not be the puncher that he was at 126 ‘because he hit Broner with everything but Mikey looked good, man. He’s a very good technical fighter, he’s very sound,” said Sanchez. “I would hate to see that. I don’t think above 35 is a good weight for him. 35 is probably the best weight for him.”
Garcia is not going to do well at 140 if he meets up with Terence Crawford. That’s a bad fight for him. Garcia might be able to win a world title once Crawford moves up in weight, but he’ll still have problems against the hard punchers in the division. Kiryl Relikh and Julius Indongo will give Garcia a lot of problems with their power, especially if he gasses out against them the same way he did in the 7th round in the Broner fight. Mikey will find himself taking big power shots if he fades against those guys, and I don’t think he’ll be able to escape the pressure that they put on him.
“I would like to see him fight Linares – that would be a good fight,” said Sanchez in talking about Mikey’s next fight. “Lomachenko eats him up. I think so. That’s my opinion; I think Lomachenko eats him up. I think Lomachenko is one of the best fighters around right now.”
Mikey probably won’t get a chance to fight Linares, because he’s facing Luke Campbell next. Linares probably won’t win that fight due to the boxing skills and power that Campbell possesses. I do thin Mikey beats Campbell though. That’s a winnable fight for him, but I’ll be surprised if Campbell’s promoter Eddie Hearn chooses to let him fight Garcia in a unification fight.
Mikey Garcia would get embarrassed by Vasyl Lomachenko if that fight were to happen right. Fortunately for Garcia, Lomachenko is taking his sweet time in making the move up to the lightweight division. If he was smart, he would have already moved up in weight and he’d be ready to take Garcia on right now. Some people don’t make the right career moves, and they end limiting their success.
Lomachenko is one of those guys. Mikey will be fine as long as he stays at lightweight and doesn’t fight Lomachenko. Once that fight happens, Garcia will suffer his first loss of his boxing career. Garcia likely has a year or two before Lomachenko makes the move up to 135.