Adrien Broner continues to insist his next fight is simply means to an end—and not the end.

The former four-division titlist has vowed to add at least one more major title to his collection. The 33-year-old Cincinnati native plans to take the first step toward a brighter future with his scheduled 10-round welterweight bout versus Pittsburgh’s Bill Hutchinson. The bout is the first for Broner since he signed with Hall of Fame promoter Don King, who presents the show via Fite TV pay-per-view this Friday from Casino Miami Jai Alai in Miami, Florida.

“I will become world champion again under Don King,” Broner insisted during the final pre-fight press conference Tuesday afternoon at Miami Airport Embassy Suites Hotel. “There are bigger things to come.

“The first thing is to take care of Billy Hutchinson.”

Broner (34-4-1, 24KOs) fights for the first time since a twelve-round, unanimous decision win over Puerto Rico’s Jovanie Santiago in February 2021. He was due to return to the ring last August versus Omar Figueroa, only to withdraw from the Showtime-televised event due to mental health reasons.  

Through no fault of his own, Broner saw a full training camp go to waste for a planned return this Friday atop a BLK Prime PPV event from Atlanta, Georgia. Three separate opponents fell through in a span of less than two months, which left event handlers to cancel the show.

Broner immediately resurfaced with the stunning news that he signed a promotional deal with King, one of the best promoters in history but who has long ago seen his best days.

Both are excited about the union, beginning with his bout versus Hutchinson (20-2-4, 8KOs), a licensed attorney and fringe contender who moves up in weight and class for this weekend’s clash.

“Usually when they say ‘Adrien Broner,’ It’s usually something f----- up behind it,” admitted Broner, who has won titles at 130-, 135-, 140- and 147-pounds. “What they did, they f----- up and let me and Don come together. That’s the real problem. I can tell y’all right now, I ain’t looking past nobody. I ain’t looking past this man.

“With that being said, I want everyone to come out June 9. I’m back. AB and DK, this sh!t is over with.”

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for Twitter: @JakeNDaBox