WBC titleholder Adrien Broner is 26-0 between the ropes, but he isn’t doing himself any favors away from the ring.
UPDATE: Tuesday, March 19 at 3:57 p.m. ET by Richard Langford
Details of Broner's arrest are coming to light. Miami New Times' Kyle Munzenrieder reports the following:
The boxing champ was arrested after getting in a fight at the hotel and biting one of the security guards who tried to break it up.
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According to David P. Greisman of BoxingScene.com, the lightweight boxer was arrested in Miami Beach on Monday and charged with battery.
Broner posted a photo of his booking information on Instagram before deciding to remove it, but LaceUpBoxing was able to acquire the photo and post it on Twitter:
Adrien Broner gets arrested for Battery! See Mug shot Pic. http://t.co/ELcTFgMm8i http://t.co/EH2mYwwPgT3/19/2013, 12:31:43 AM
The former WBO super featherweight champion, Broner has a spotless record in the ring. He defeated Gavin Rees on February 16 by technical knockout—the 22nd such win of his five-year professional career (per ESPN).
Broner is considered boxing’s “next big thing” (via Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated), and his impressive knockout power and polarizing personality are exactly what the sport needs to remain in the spotlight. Unfortunately, alleged incidents with the law don’t bode well for the 23-year-old and his standing in professional boxing.
According to Lem Satterfield of The Ring, Broner is expected to fight again on June 15, “potentially against Scottish WBO counterpart Ricky Burns.” While that fight is still up in the air, Broner will also be dealing with the fallout of HBO no longer being in business with his promoter, as Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports reported with this tweet:
Kevin Iole @KevinI
BREAKING: HBO boxing decides it is no longer doing business with Golden Boy. Story coming soon on @YahooSports #boxing3/18/2013, 4:06:19 PM
Broner has the talent to bring boxing to new heights at a time when the sport is suffering from a lack of young star power. He’s been masterful in the ring thus far, but he’ll have to stay out of trouble if he hopes to have a future as the new face of the sport.