In the past two weeks, we have seen the diversity that boxing's in and out of the ring participants provide for fans that are just as diverse worldwide. Whether you love them or hate them, each fighter offers something different for each and every fan out there. Here's my look at some of the more recent names we've seen and how they might be your cup of tea.
Broner is probably the biggest enigma out of the group. Some of his antics include brushing off making weight for his fight with Vicente Escobedo to taking his own sweet time to meet in the center of the ring upon the referee's instructions after introductions. Although he comes off as cocky and arrogant, his friends and camp will tell you he's simply misunderstood and is really a great guy. I just hope, in the future, he shows more professionalism, maturity, and respect for the sport then he has appeared to thus far.
Lest you think I'm hating on him, here's what I truly feel about Adrien Broner the fighter. I first saw him perform in November of 2008. It was his fourth professional fight against usually durable veteran James Jett on the undercard of Ricky Hatton vs. Paulie Malignaggi in Vegas. He pounded Jett so terribly that James was returning to his corner screaming in pain. After the action was mercifully stopped 33 seconds into the sixth round, I distinctly remember two things. First, I was keeping a close eye on Jett, and tried to get hold of his trainer/manager Luis Tapia, as I was thinking in my mind he was a candidate for one of those fighters that collapses in his dressing room after a fight. Secondly, I remember sending a text to my editor, Ben Thompson, to let him know something to the effect that there was a rising star and one to keep an eye on from his neck of the woods.
The reality of Broner as he moves up to lightweight is that I can't find a fighter in the division on paper that I wouldn't have "The Problem" as a favorite against. One should also remember that Broner is only 22 years old. I suspect that ten years from now, he'll look back at some of his antics during this time and admit that he did need to mature a bit and was maybe, at the time, an overconfident fighter. Who many believe to be a Mayweather clone, Broner has all the makings of a superstar. Whether you like him and watch to see him win, or you hate him and watch in hopes that he loses, simpy put, you will be watching him. Fans will be there to see him succeed or fail, which means he'll put asses in seats, making him a boxing moneymaker.
CUP OF TEA RATING OUTSIDE THE RING: No, thank you!
CUP OF TEA RATING INSIDE THE THE RING: Yes, please! Fill me up and keep it coming!
Those that don't know anything about Guerrero, but constantly see multiple press releases about him, may think he's simply someone trying to get attention in hopes of getting a quick payday. If you follow him and know his story, however, tell me what other fighter has endured like him and achieved the heights that he has? If I think about those that are in line for a big payday against one of the sport's elite fighters, I don't know of anyone who would be more deserving of it than him.
If a program like 24/7 profiles him as he prepares for a major event, I can see a huge following rooting for him given his backstory of putting his career on hold to stand by his wife while she battled cancer. I'm also told numerous stories from people in his area about how devoted he his to his community in Gilroy, California. Being a model citizen and an all-action fighter at the same, "The Ghost" is definitely one I root for in and out of the ring. I'm not sure if my expert pick would tab him to actually win a matchup against one of the big names, but I have a hunch he wouldn't have it any other way but to be the underdog in hopes of proving people wrong.
CUP OF TEA RATING OUTSIDE THE RING: Yes, please. I wish I could find a cup at more places in the sport.
CUP OF TEA RATING INSIDE THE RING: Yes, brign me a cup, and if it's a big fight, I'll pay double for a refill.
You couldn't help but feel for Vicente Escobedo in his loss to Adrien Broner. Ultimately, I highly doubt it would've been a different outcome had Broner actually made weight, but still, Escobedo deserved a better opportunity for a fair fight, regardless if he ended up getting more money in the long run. I hope he gets another immediate opportunity to fight for the vacant jr. lightweight title. I will certainly be rooting for him if he does.
CUP OF TEA RATING INSIDE THE RING: Yes, and keep the change! Get him another payday to support his family and another oppotrunity to win a title that he can show his daughter.
Selcuk Aydin has a crowd-pleasing style that I hope I get to see again against a number of different fighters. For American television to have denied him as an opponent in the past is regretful. They may need to get a better team of scouts, because from what I saw from him against Robert Guerrero, I'm not sure if he can ever be in a bad fight.
CUP OF TEA RATING INSIDE THE RING: Yes! Like the McRib, let me know when it comes back so I can have it while I can!
OTHER FIGHTERS WHO MIGHT BE YOUR CUP OF TEA