During Adrien “The Problem” Broner’s homecoming, he was able to serve as honorary captain for his favorite team.
Broner, a Cincinnati native and the WBO Junior Lightweight Champion, is in town to fight at U.S. Bank Arena this Saturday. He will take on Vicente Escobedo to defend his title.
Some have dubbed Broner the "future Floyd Mayweather Jr." because of his fighting style and confident personality. He is very popular in his home city, as shown through the raucous applause when he brought the lineups to home plate before Tuesday’s game.
Growing up in Cincinnati, the Reds have always been a part of Broner's life.
“I always liked Barry Larkin,” Broner said. “I don’t know what it was, maybe it was just the sound of his name, but he was always my favorite.”
Cincinnati is known to fervently support its boxing champions. Broner has started to receive that treatment and it will grow with a win Saturday.
“I just want to show these hometown fans what I can do,” Broner said. “They should definitely expect a good show.”