Adrien Broner insists he is the heir apparent to Floyd Mayweather's title as the best pound for pound fighter on the planet ahead of his WBA welterweight title defence Marcos Maidana.
Three weight world champion Broner remains undefeated in 27 professional fights with a formidable 22 knock outs under his belt and has drawn comparisons with Mayweather not only for his prowess in the ring but also through his polarising character out of it.
The 24-year-old will defend his title against his Argentine opponent in Texas on Saturday night, but Broner already has his eye on taking over the boxing world.
"Every boxer wants to be where I am right now," Broner said in his final press conference before the weekend's fight, ESPN report. "I am the person who is going to take over boxing after Floyd Mayweather.
"You never know, maybe I have to sit in there and brawl it out with this guy for 12 rounds. Maybe I mess him up in two. Maybe one.
"If he makes a mistake and I have a chance to get him out of there, I'm going to get him out of there. If I just beat him to death, then I beat him to death."
While confident of his 28th victory, Broner does at least admit that his bout with Maidana at the Alamdome in San Antonio will be the biggest fight of his career.
"Who doesn't want to see a young star on the rise like Adrien Broner fight a guy like Marcos Maidana, a hard puncher, a knock out artist with 31 knock outs? Who doesn't want to see that? I have to stay focused.
"I am not going to allow distraction. I'm not going to lie. This is the biggest fight ofmy career to date. He is going to try to hurt me, so I am ready and focused."
Broner has been one name thrown in the mix for a future opponent of 36-year-old Mayweather, but it is growing increasingly likely that the five weight wold champion will defend his WBC welterweight title against Amir Khan in Las Vegas in May.
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