By Chris Williams: Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner hit the gusher, saying he was given a huge figure eight. [$10 million]fight three “guarantee” 12 month contract with BLK Prime.
The problem with this deal is that Broner hasn’t fought three times since 2015, and it’s hard to imagine that he’s active at this late stage in his career.
This is the same company that is reportedly offering Terence Crawford an eight-payday fight to defend his WBO welterweight title against David Avanesyan on December 10th on BLK Prime PPV in Omaha, Nebraska.
In other words, they appear to have money to burn. signed veterans. Crawford is 35 years old, and has never fought anyone at 147 other than goalkeeper Shawn Porter last year.
Hopefully, BLK Prime knows what they’re getting themselves into, giving a big payday to the on-the-hill Broner and the untested once-a-year fighter Crawford.
The 33-year-old Broner (34-4-1, 24 KOs) must feel like he hit the jackpot with this deal, as he’s worked his way downhill since 2012. He’s only fought three times in the last five years since. 2017. .
It will be interesting to see what kind of opposition Broner will fight as part of the BLK Prime fight deal. The last time we saw Broner, he won a questionable 12th round decision over Jovanie Santiago.
Many boxing fans see this as robbery, they feel that Santiago did more than he should. Whether you want to call it a robbery or not, you can’t deny that Broner had a tough fight against Santiago from start to finish and was very lucky to get the win.
Interestingly, Gary Antuanne Russell knocked out Santiago in six rounds last May, which shows you how far Broner has come in the competition at 140.
This writer has lost Broner’s last five fights against Santiago, Manny Pacquiao, Jessie Vargas, Mikey Garcia, and Adrian Granados. BLK Prime giving Broner a massive $10 million contract with a record that should be 0-5 in his last five fights is very troubling.
If BLK Prime wants to throw money at fighters, they need to look at guys who are still young and winning against quality opposition. Broner hasn’t beaten a good opponent since his win over Antonio DeMarco in 2012. That was years ago.