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AL BERNSTEIN NOT OPTIMISTIC ABOUT ADRIEN BRONER'S CHANCES AT 147 OR 140: "HE NEEDS TO GET HIMSELF BACK DOWN TO 135"

By Ben Thompson | January 02, 2014
AL BERNSTEIN NOT OPTIMISTIC ABOUT ADRIEN BRONER'S CHANCES AT 147 OR 140:

"Not to throw dirt on him, but that very night, you look at the difference between how Keith Thurman reacted to early adversity and how Adrien Broner did. Both of them got hit hard early. Thurman was able to shake it off, figure out a way past it, and win, and Broner wasn't," stated Showtime commentator Al Bernstein, who shared his thoughts on Adrien Broner's upset loss to Marcos Maidana and what the future may hold for the former welterweight champion. According to Bernstein, Broner can bounce back, but only if he realizes that he's not quite ready to compete with the naturally bigger fighters in both the welterweight and the jr. welterweight divisions.

"Now Broner is in an interesting situation because his problem...his big problem... one of his problems is I think he is fighting 2 weight classes too high at 147. At 135, he was able to beat those fighters with his power; even though he didn't throw a lot of punches, he was able to beat them with power. He was physically a little stronger than them. He could fight tall and not get hit with a lot of punches," Bernstein explained during a recent interview with FightHype's Percy Crawford. "But at either 140 or 147, in my opinion, he's gonna be facing monstrous punchers who are a little bit bigger and I think for Adrien Broner, it was absolutely essential if he wants to put his career back on track, he needs to get himself back down to 135. He only had a couple of fights at 135. He moved up from 130. He should be able to get to 135 because he's physically not that big, and see what he can do at that weight division. I'm not optimistic for Adrien Broner at 140 or 147."



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