Adrien Broner says he has turned over a new leaf and is no longer a “sh*t talker anymore”.
The normally brash and outlandish Broner cut a new figure ahead of his ring return against Mexican-American Adrian Granados this Saturday night, exclusively live on BoxNation.
Taking place in Broner’s home city of Cincinnati, Ohio, the 27-year-old will be back in action following over 10 months out of the ring due to personal problems and now insists he is a changed man ready to do the business in front of his local fans.
“I know everyone is used to me coming up and being boastful. That's not me anymore. I have a lot of respect for Adrian Granados and he's a great fighter,” said Broner.
“A businessman that can fight. That's what I am nowadays. I'm not a sh*t talker anymore. I'm a businessman that knows how to fight.
"I just want to put on a great performance for everyone in Cincinnati. It's going to be a special atmosphere and I want to give them their money's worth.
“I've had an amazing training camp and I feel great right now. I'm very thankful to my team who have helped me get to this point in my career,” Broner said.
Fighting at welterweight, 27-year-old Granados goes into the fight as the underdog but an impressive string of wins, which includes victory over the highly-touted prospect Amir Imam, gives him confidence to shock Broner.
“I'm excited for this weekend. I'm ready to go. I've been through a lot but we're ready. I'm not here to lay down. I'm here to take home a victory for Chicago and for my people,” Granados said.
“People that think I'm an underdog don't know me. They don't know the tricks I have up my sleeve. I plan on thriving in the underdog position. Saturday I'm expecting a great fight. It is going to be a kill or be killed-type of fight. It is going to be a very exciting night for all of us.
“I've watched Adrien fight live on TV and in the arena many times. Spending eight weeks with him [in camp], I think I know him more than most people. I plan on winning in a stoppage or a unanimous decision - no matter what, I'm leaving with a victory,” he said.
The exciting card will also see the return and move up to welterweight for former champion Lamont Peterson who will be looking to challenge the very best at 147 pounds, including a possible rematch with Amir Khan following a controversial 2011 victory.
First, however, he must get through a tough assignment of Russian David Avanesyan, who has only lost once in 24 fights, that being in just his second professional fight nearly 8 years ago.
33-year-old Peterson, who has been out of the ring since October 2015, says he is ready to deal with Avanesyan’s unorthodox style and win late into the fight.
“Avanesyan switches from southpaw to orthodox a lot, which is something we had to be prepared for. We've sparred with guys from both sides and gotten a lot of good rounds there,” said Peterson.
"He's a strong fighter too. You know a Russian fighter is going to come in with power. We made sure I'll be able to match him anytime the fight gets rough. I'll be ready for anything. I think my speed will give him trouble.
“He's been able to handle everything in the past, but that doesn't mean I won't have advantages. I'm the more experienced fighter and I have the skills to get the win. I feel like I'm going to get him out of there. I'm predicting a late stoppage,” he said.
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