Adrien “The Problem” Broner (22-0, 18 KOs) will make his first title defense against Eloy “The Prince” Perez (23-0-2, 7 KOs) on Saturday, February 25th. The WBO super featherweight title bout will take place at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri and will air on HBO’s Boxing After Dark series at 10pm ET/PT.
Broner is an exciting undefeated prospect ranked 3rd in the world among super featherweights. He’s fun to watch and even more fun to listen to, as many will remember this quote from his latest post-fight interview:
“Uh, hold on Max. Hey Dad! Brush my hair one time. Hey Pops! Come brush my hair. [Broner’s father brushes his hair] Alright, okay. Now I’m more comfortable Max.”
And if you follow Broner on Twitter, you were treated to this gem,
“Just a couple days left before I PUNCH THIS DUDE IN HIS CHUBBY NOSE OF HIS LOL GET YO TICKETS I’M GOING IN!”
Broner is not the strong and silent type.
Broner has been boxing since the age of six, and he boasts an amateur career with more than 300 fights. He’s knocked out 80% of his opponents, with the most recent being Vicente Martin Rodriguez in his last fight (which also aired on HBO). He has a TKO win over Jason Litzau (who is currently ranked 6th in the world among super featherweights) and a UD win over Daniel Ponce de Leon (who is currently ranked 7th in the world among featherweights).
Perez is ranked 8th in the world among super featherweights. He is also undefeated, but he has yet to face a fighter ranked in the top twenty. In his latest win, he recorded a sixth round TKO over Ira Terry. In the spring of 2011, he recorded unanimous decision wins over Roger Gonzalez and Alejandro Rodriguez. He made a minor title defense against Daniel Jimenez, whom he dropped twice in the first round before ending the bout with an impressive second round knockout.
The main event will feature Devon Alexander vs. Marcos Maidana, both of whom are taking their first fight at welterweight. The fighters are ranked 4th and 5th in the world among junior welterweights, respectively.