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Trainer responds to Adrien Broner missing weight

Fighters Network

The kid is only human, he’s 25, and yes, he should have made weight.

But, Mike Stafford, father figure and trainer to Adrien Broner, told me, the boxer has been dealing with some heavy stuff.

That’s maybe an understatement.

Charges, potentially serious ones, hang over the head of the Cincinnati talent, though Stafford stressed they are allegations and is of the mind that celebs like AB get targeted by people looking for a windfall.

“The kid has been going through a lot of s–t,” said Stafford, one day before Broner is to fight Ashley Theophane on Spike. “He’s only 25. He’s never been through something like this. We will give him the benefit of the doubt. We tried to make the weight, he was up since about 6 am (working to make 140).”

So, is making 140 no longer viable for AB or did out of the ring distractions mess with his focus?

Stafford said they will decide what weight class is next after the Theophane tango.

“We gotta get through tomorrow night. There’s still a fight. He will be ready to rock. We are not making excuses, Mike. He shoulda made weight. But we didn’t even know if the fight would go on (last week).”



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