Meet Adrien Broner.
Adrien is a three-time boxing champion, who once held the WBC lightweight championship, the WBO super featherweight championship and WBA welterweight championship. Broner is preparing for a fight against Shawn Porter Saturday night and both boxers have something in common: They were both born in Ohio. The difference? Broner is all Cincinnati and Porter had the misfortune of being born in Northern Ohio (and thus gravitating towards Cleveland-based teams).
Broner and Porter are squaring off against each other during Premier Boxing Champions, broadcast on NBC on June 20 (Saturday with a scheduled start of 8:30 p.m).
From a football perspective, both boxers navigate towards their own hometown teams:
"I grew up watching the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Cavaliers," Broner said via Boxing Scene. "I didn't start watching basketball until I was playing more of it in elementary and high school. That's when LeBron first came into the league. I remember LeBron's very first game in Cleveland. It was huge. Most players freeze under that kind of hype, but not him."
On the other hand, that "northern Ohio" boxer Porter is predictably a Browns fan.
"I've tried to watch every draft and every preseason and regular season game," said Porter. "I got into the Cavaliers a little more when I was in high school. I'm an all around Ohio sports fan though."
The fight will take place at MGM Grand. Broner (30-1, 22 knockouts) is coming off a win over John Molina, while Porter (25-1-1) knocked out Erick Bone.