Brilliant Broner here to stay?

  • By: Derek Bilton
  • Last Updated: November 29 2012, 8:09 GMT

Derek Bilton gives us his latest Sportinglife.com World pound-for-pound top 10 list.

Broner: Could become a P4P mainstay

Adrien Broner. Remember the name. For rest assured this man may just be the 'pound-for-pound' heir apparent.

The 23-year-old from Cincinnati has compiled a faultless 25-0 (21) pro long since turning over in 2008, and in that time he has also won world titles in two divisions.

Broner never hit the heights in terms of Olympic or world recognition in over 400 fights as an amateur, but he has lit up the pro game and looks a fighter to follow over the next few years.

'The Problem' recently added the WBC lightweight title to his resume by toying with respected champion Antonio DeMarco before closing the show emphatically in round number eight.

The battle-hardened DeMarco had already beaten good men in Almazbek Raiymkul, Jorge Linares and John Molina, but Broner was way too sharp for the Los Mochis man, peppering him with jabs, hooks and razor-sharp combos throughout.

Broner looks the real deal. He has already beaten a good Mexican in Daniel Ponce De Leon and in two fights already this year stopped decent types Eloy Perez and Vicente Escobedo in four and five rounds respectively.

The reflexes, the flash, the confidence and the way he puts his punches together is very Mayweather-esque, and Broner could be the man to take over when Floyd's career finally winds down.

His win over DeMarco, and the manner of his win in particular, sees him hit our 'pound-for-pound' top 10 and if he stays focused and dedicated he could be a mainstay on our list for years to come.

Mayweather, of course, won't box again in 2012 and I am not sure he will meet you know who in 2013 either.

It's a great shame that Floyd, the most naturally talented boxer of his generation, has been averaging less than one fight a year since 2007.

Let's hope that Broner and Andre Ward, another fighter eyeing the 'pound-for-pound' crown, are far more active and I have a feeling they will be, with Ward set to meet Kelly Pavlik on January 26.

Pavlik is perceived in some circles as 'damaged goods', but let's have it right. 'The Ghost' is just 30 years old and the two men to beat him (Sergio Martinez and Bernard Hopkins) are headed for the Hall of Fame.

He has 40 wins against those two defeats and a KO ratio above 80%. He's definitely worthy of a shot against Ward, who has enjoyed a fantastic year and seems willing to go over old ground against super-middleweight rivals Carl Froch or Mikkel Kessler next year.

Finally it will be interesting to see what Wladimir Klitschko does next year. The big man is 36 now and suffered a hammer blow recently after the passing of his trainer and mentor Manny Steward.

He still had too much for Mariusz Wach, but with a lack of legitimate challengers in the heavyweight division suggests he might call time on his career and finally begin to fully enjoy that vast wealth his fists have created.

Sportinglife.com pound-for-pound world top 10:

1 Floyd Mayweather

2 Manny Pacquiao

3 Andre Ward

4 Juan Manuel Marquez

5 Nonito Donaire

6 Sergio Martinez

7 Miguel Cotto

8 Wladimir Klitschko

9 Timothy Bradley

10 Adrien Broner

Honourable mentions: Saul Alvarez, Brandon Rios, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Carl Froch and Yuriorkis Gamboa.


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