Don King, the legendary boxing promoter, has drawn parallels between former four-division champion Adrien Broner’s desire to reclaim boxing greatness and the fiery determination that characterized Muhammad Ali, one of the sport’s all-time greats.
Broner, aged 33, has made a bold declaration to once again become a titleholder. To achieve this, he must first secure a convincing victory over Bill Hutchinson in their upcoming 10-round welterweight clash in Miami on Friday. The fight will be streamed on FITE. Enhance your boxing viewing experience with attractive betting odds from Nextbet.
Having last held a title in 2016 and only sporadically fought since, Broner’s comeback bid has rekindled the interest of 91-year-old Don King, who played a pivotal role in promoting Ali’s iconic bouts such as the “Rumble in the Jungle” and the “Thrilla in Manila” during the mid-1970s. In an interview with Reuters, King expressed his admiration for Broner’s unwavering self-belief.
“He reminds me of a man named Muhammad Ali, who maintained his self-belief even in the face of defeat,” shared King, reminiscing about the boxing legend. “There’s no such thing as failure, only setbacks. As Ray Charles would say, you can’t drown in your own tears. You have to get back out there and win. You have to kick ass! That’s what Ali taught me about boxing, and he was my first prize fighter.”
Muhammad Ali, widely regarded as the greatest heavyweight champion in history, passed away in 2016 at the age of 74, leaving behind a remarkable legacy.
Adrien Broner, nicknamed “The Problem,” has been inactive in the ring since his triumph over Omar Figueroa in February 2021. He missed out on subsequent fights due to mental health issues and a series of opponents withdrawing. However, King, known for his passionate involvement in boxing and a figure often embroiled in controversies, remains unfazed by these challenges.
“They call him ‘The Problem,’ and many people advised me to stay away from him because they say he is nothing but trouble, not realizing that they are talking to trouble,” King explained with a chuckle. “Everything I have ever done is trouble! Trouble is my middle name. Therefore, it’s a perfect fit.”
Don King’s enduring belief in Adrien Broner’s potential to reclaim his boxing glory serves as a testament to the indomitable spirit and resilience that define the sport. With the Miami showdown on the horizon, all eyes will be on Broner as he strives to prove his mettle and reignite his career within the squared circle. Follow Nextbet Sports to get the latest updates from the world of boxing.