Adrien Broner and Andre Ward - Boxing's next Generation!

Adrien Broner and Andre Ward - Boxing's next Generation!
By Robert Brown, Doghouse Boxing (Dec 5, 2012) Doghouse Boxing

Adrien Broner
Andre Ward
Time and time again the boxing obituary has been written in preparation for the enviable death of the sport. In the late 70’s, people were asking how is boxing going to survive after Ali retires and the rest of the golden heavyweights of the era fade into boxing’s history books? The void was quickly filled by iconic and charismatic figures such as Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran, Marvin Hagler and Mike Tyson. As these iconic figures were coming to the end of their careers, boxing’s premature death was once again the forecast.

The 90’s produced legends such as Oscar De la Hoya, "Sugar" Shane Mosley (just to name a few) who will both become future hall of famers. That decade also gave us the memorable fights between Riddick Bowe vs. Evander Holyfield and Tyson vs. Holyfield.

In this generation we've had the domination of two contrasting but equally iconic figures in Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. Crowds have admired Pacquiao for his extremely aggressive action packed and destructive style as well as his accent up the weight classes, fighting bigger and bigger opponents. Mayweather fans have admired the fact that he is a supremely gifted and talented fighter with blinding speed, a superior ring. Fans appreciate his ability to make adjustments in fights with ease and capitalise on any mistake his opponent makes. Mayweather in the last 6 years has barely lost a handful of rounds let alone come close to losing a fight.

Sadly these two great boxing legends are coming to the end of their careers and people are again looking for a fighter or fighters to carry the sport of boxing forwards. Ladies and Gentlemen, I am telling you there is no need to worry because the next generation has already arrived. I am talking about Andre Ward and Adrien Broner.

It is my belief that these two champions will be the ones to carry the sport forward and bring it to a whole new generation of fans. If they stay focused and keep progressing the way I believe they will, Ward and Broner will dominate the sport well into the next decade.

The similarities between these two and Mayweather and Pacquiao are actually startling. Now I don’t necessarily mean in terms of ring style or skills, I mean you’ve got Andre Ward who’s a consummate professional and religiously dedicated family man much like Pacquiao is, whereas Ward has got one of the strongest ring IQ’s in the sport.  Ward's ability to make adjustments during a fight is second to possibly Mayweather. When he faced Carl Froch, he made the second best super middleweight in the world look foolish as if he was punching at shadows.  Ward then took on the best light heavyweight in the world in Chad Dawson and after making some adjustments during the battle, Ward would go on to find and exploit the gaps in Dawson’s defense. Dawson considered one of the best technical boxers in the sport looked utterly inferior to Ward. Ward will dominate 168lb’s for as long as he wants to and then go up and dominate 175lb’s cause there is no one in their prime that can compete with him on a technical level in those weight classes.

Adrien Broner is a young brash highly skilled fighter with the tools to take him a long way. Much like Mayweather he divides the boxing world right down the middle. Some boxing fans admire him for his complete confidence both inside and outside of the ring. He’s outgoing and some might say divisive personality, they admire his strong belief that no one within his realm can challenge him. People who dislike Broner level the same criticism’s against him as they have in the past against Mayweather. They believe Broner  is arrogant, self-absorbed and hasn't fought a high enough level of competition. My response to those claims is this Broner just destroyed a 135lb champion in Antonio DeMarco. DeMarco is a straight ahead brawler that does not have the experience and versatility to deal with someone like Broner, but you tell me who does? In my opinion Broner will destroy anyone within the 135 – 140 range including Brandon Rios and Lucas Matthysse. Yes they are tough fighters with concussive punching power, but they are one dimensional pressure fighters who do not have the versatility to deal with everything in Broner's kit bag. The only fighter I can see that could deal with Broner is a puncher with an intellect to match Broner such as a Juan Manuel Marquez at 140. I don’t see any fighter to fit that bill.

Whether you like it or not, Broner is going to be around for a long time and just like Mayweather he will make money because people will pay hoping to see him lose. Just like Mayweather/Pacquiao you’ve got the good versus evil in Ward and Broner, although these two fighters will most likely never face each other, fans with soon create their own rivalry by discussing who’s better and more exciting between the two.

Boxing is not dead and if an American heavyweight can rise from the ashes boxing could be heading for its greatest era yet with Broner and Ward carrying the torch for the next generation.

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