After having won 300 out of 319 fights as an amateur, then never losing until 2013, and being a world champion in four different weight classes, Adrien Broner [b. July 28, 1989] was considered to be at his finest in the early 2010s. And considering he pursed quite a lot throughout his career before the hiatus in early 2019, you'd think he'd be set for life.
However, boxing athletes are well-known for philandering their earned wealth as even fighting once has the potential to bring in millions for the fighter. We have notably seen Floyd Mayweather Jr. cashing in on expensive cars and quite a few boxers going completely broke.
Broner has made a comeback from his break, winning the recent February fight against Jovanie Santiago by a unanimous decision, which probably wasn't how he would've wanted to win the match. Meanwhile, he enraged many after that stunt where he was asking fans for money, claiming in court that he only had $13 and then going on Instagram to flaunt wads of cash. Was he really broke at all though?
How Much Is Adrien Broner's Net Worth Estimated to Be?
Broner is approximated to be worth $6 million, Celebrity Net Worth reports, and this is even after all the fiasco of his bankruptcy claims. There is no doubt he's earned quite a lot from each of the matches he's won or even just fought, which is more often than most professionals.
Having learned boxing since six to avoid a life in the streets, Broner fought as much as he could as an amateur, a staggering 319 times, winning exactly 300 times before moving professional in May 2008. He went on a lossless streak as soon as he was a professional. Three first-round knockouts followed by an undercard fight won in the last round and a no-contest decision against Eric Ricker concluded 2008 for him. In comparison to all other fighters' frequency, he took on a lot of matches, by his own will.
Continue on to the next section to know if he really went broke.
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Another undercard fight started 2009 in January for him, the year he fought in eight bouts altogether, his most altogether. He followed it up with a win in a rematch against Ricker. All the subsequent six bouts were wins as well, with only one of them going to the judges and one other being an undercard for Juan Díaz vs Paul Malignaggi.
Five of five wins in 2010 took his record to 18-0 by the end of the year. It was in 2011 that his career went truly professional. Three of the four matches he fought in 2011 were in the super-featherweight division as well clinching the three different title categories, with the first of the four being for the WBO-USNBC lightweight title win.
Broner retained his WBO super-featherweight title against Eloy Pérez to start off 2012 but missed out on it against Vicente Escobedo because of his weight despite winning the bout. He moved to the lightweight class later that year and easily defeated Antonio DeMarco for the WBC title. Despite wanting to fight Ricky Burns, he settled for British boxer Gavin Rees to retain the title in early 2013.
The boxer moved further up to the welterweight class that year, amid backlashes for skipping a class entirely, and defeated Paulie Malignaggi by a split decision, becoming a world champion in three weight classes at just 23. The fight was "ugly" apparently, but it gave him his career-high purse of $1.5 million.
2013 was also the year that handed him the first loss in his professional career, failing to retain his welterweight title against Marcos Maidana. For the moment, he acted kind of a sore loser which he acknowledged later and said he would accept a rematch, but it never happened.
Fans actually booed as he abruptly ran out of the ring after the announcement on his loss.
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It was kind of a turn-around for the 31-year-old as he moved down to the light welterweight class but did win both the title and the challenge against Carlos Molina and Emanuel Taylor respectively in 2014. He received $1.25 million for the first win.
After putting away John Molina Jr. in 2015, he was handed his second career loss by former IBF welterweight champion, Shawn Porter, via a unanimous decision, but still earned more than him, a purse of $1.35 million. He asked for it though, moving to welterweight again for it. After the loss, he moved to light welterweight class to win against Khabib Allakhverdiev for his fourth world title later that year.
The guy toggled between the light welterweight and the welterweight classes since then and became infrequent in the ring in comparison to his earlier years. But it's probably attributed to his countless problems since 2016. And there were more losses to come as well. He did win the only fight he did in 2016 against Ashley Theophane in the light welterweight class.
He went back to welterweight to defeat Adrian Granados by a controversial split decision in 2017, obtaining a base purse of $1 million. But a loss would come later that year from Mikey Garcia with the Diamond light welterweight title at stake, but Broner did earn $1 million for it. He fought Jessie Vargas in 2018 which ended in a draw and earned $1 million for it.
Pacquiao vs Broner sold 400,000 pay-per-view buys in the US.
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The biggest fight of his life would come in early January 2019 against the legendary Manny Pacquiao in the welterweight class. He lost but felt it should've been his. $30 million pay-per-view revenue came in from the fight, and Broner got $2.5 million out of it. Of course, Pacquiao was guaranteed at least $20 million.
This leads us to his 25-month hiatus within which he was seen to be acting quite a jerk, as many would perceive him to be. But he returned to the ring on February 20, 2021, against Jovanie Santiago, winning via a unanimous decision. However, he was said to be unimpressive throughout the fight.
'The Problem' Had to Put Away a Lot His Problems Financially
While he's had a few problems in the past, a lot of it really came to light since 2016. He was arrested early that year for allegedly beating up a man at a bowling alley, the charge which was later dropped.
All in October, he was posting conflicting videos on Instagram, once hinting at suicide and the others cruising it up in Mayweather Jr.'s car with him in Las Vegas. And a few days later, TMZ shared a story about a woman employee of Drai's nightclub accusing him of choking her and saying, "Bi**h, I will knock you out." Police were called in, and despite his pleas, he was charged with misdemeanor battery and was set to appear in court later.
Broner has seven kids from multiple mothers (a triplet of two sons and a daughter) and is currently married.
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Broner was again arrested in April 2017 for failing to appear in court for an arrest in 2014. It would all go more downhill from then. TMZ came again with a video of knocking out a fan heckling him and shoving a woman in Las Vegas. He was issued a summons in October which was returned in November without a reason. But he was scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment which he failed but claimed he wasn't aware of it.
Multiple assault and battery charges came his way and he had to pay his way out. He came out on bail for the first in early 2018 and was asked to pay $855,682.03 in January 2020 for the incident in mid-2018. However, for the latter one, he claimed in court in 2020 that he only had $13 at the bank and thus filed for bankruptcy.
Did Adrien Broner Really Go Broke When He Said He Did?
It was fine if Broner claimed he was bankrupt, only that he likely was not. Only a few months after the courtroom fiasco, he went on Instagram to ask his fans for money, asking them to donate $10 apiece in May 2020. It didn't particularly take fans by surprise, but they were sort of confused.
However, months later in late October/early November 2020 and Broner is seen flaunting wads of cash on Instagram. Many were immediate to assume that he only lied to skip on paying the $800,000+ fine from the aforementioned case. He was even arrested for contempt of court. He excused himself by claiming that it was because of his friends that he got back on his feet, and he did not own it before they donated it to him.
The same day he flaunted his cash, he also posted on Instagram to show how much he'd wasted in three years. Recording on his Notes, he showed that he had used up more than $3 million from October 2017 to October 2020. "I just calculated how much I spent since 10/17 and I found out I’m a f**king IDIOT," he wrote in the caption of the clip. "So I made myself some goals and I will be sure to reach every one."
The criticisms didn't seem to faze him though as he constantly posts to mention he's got only $13 in the bank to this day, the latest one showing his cash balance in photo, possibly because he gets asked about it quite often. He does constantly update on the amount he needs to pay of his debt, possibly the fine for the assault case. So, his net worth is possibly a lot lower than the tagged amount of $6 million.
This was the last available update post though.
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Broner did acknowledge the criticisms in late November 2020 but insisted he would be rich again in February 2021. However, the detail of the financial aspect of the fight is unknown as it was not available on pay-per-view and only available on Showtime. But because of the boxer's inadequacy to provide sufficient details of his bankruptcy plea, the accuser demanded how much he was guaranteed from the fight so that she could file a lien for his purse proceeds.
It's not a fight of the scale of Broner vs. Pacquaio, but it should've helped increase his bank balance from $13. If he used the income from the fight to pay off the debt in full or partially, it doesn't really do much. Still, fans are urging him to be more active in the ring like in the old days.
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Broner has obviously made a number of bad decisions, but he insists he's working on it one step at a time. He shared memos of his targets which included barring alcohol and getting his weight down 135 lbs. Other financial targets included buying a retirement home until giving it all for the next 2-3 years and saving a nine-figure sum thereafter.
High ambitions he is setting for himself, but it a highly constrained one as well. Obtaining $100 million in three years is nothing shy of impossible, but he keeps saying he is working for it. At one time, he professed of leaving boxing for a hip-hop career. We'll just have to wait and see.