If the boxing career of former four-division champion Adrien Broner has nine lives, it’s unclear how many have been used up entering the in-ring return of the controversial and enigmatic star. 

Broner (33-4-1, 24 KOs) will snap the longest layoff of his pro career at just over two full years when he takes on the unheralded Jovanie Santiago (14-0-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday in a 147-pound bout headlining a Showtime tripleheader (9 p.m. ET) from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. 

Asked during an appearance last week on “Morning Kombat” whether the world of boxing needs the 31-year-old back, Broner was his typically entertaining self. 

“Yes, of course, we can admit that,” Broner said. “Don’t get me wrong, you have great fighters and good fighters like Gervonta Davis, Errol Spence, Shawn Porter, Teofimo…

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