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Brash Broner an affront to the noble art

By Declan Bogue

The boxing website, badlefthook.com, had it right with their take on Adrien Broner after he lost his weekend prime time, welterweight contest in Las Vegas to Shawn Porter, and with it, all the respect that had been slipping away from him as a fighter.

Broner's problems were all laid out - he wants to be like Floyd Mayweather and he has a head start. He is brash, arrogant, possesses a swift shoulder roll and is capable of the occasional lightning-quick flurry of punches.

And, as Porter's father Ken helpfully pointed out, he has "always been an ass."

All the usual pre-fight stunts were amped up for maximum effect to sell tickets. Porter's training camp was invaded by Broner, leading, no less, to Mayweather being portrayed as the voice of reason when he separated the two fighters.

Come the fight, Broner brought little appetite for boxing, only slightly more for defending himself, and none of the attitude of the preamble as he pocketed a million dollar share of the purse.

No wonder in his post-fight interview, he seemed remarkably calm for a man after being outclassed, stating that people will still want his picture and autograph, and he might even take Porter out to dinner with him.

In the gym, Broner is reputed to be a layabout. His work ethic is non-existent. He is 26 years old, a mere child in terms of his boxing career when you consider how seasoned Mayweather is, and yet there is a clear sense that his best years are behind him.

Despite that, he possesses all the sense of entitlement and gaudy adherence to the bling culture that any imposter might, albiet a wealthy one, and an affront to the noble art.

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