A team meeting including junior lightweight challenger Vicente Escobedo and his manager, Rolando Arellano, will reveal whether or not the fighter will go through with Saturday night’s HBO-televised WBO title bout against beltholder Adrien Broner , at U.S. Bank Arena in Broner’s hometown of Cincinnati, according to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer.
Broner (23-0, 19 knockouts) came in at 3.5 pounds above the 130-pound division limit at Friday afternoon’s weigh-in, while Escobedo (26-3, 15 KOs) was on weight at 130.
At that point, Arellano and Escobedo threatened to pull out of the fight, but decided to allow Broner a Saturday morning weigh-in, where they wanted the champion to come in a 140 — 10 pounds over the contracted weight.
The Broner camp wanted 143, according to Arellano, and that’s what Broner weighed on the scales on Saturday morning, according to a report by BoxingScene.com.
Escobedo weighed 140 on Saturday.
“Team Escobedo is having a team meeting, and they’re going to decide what they want to do,” said Schaefer. “It’s obviously up to Vicente to decide what he wants to do, so they’re having a team meeting and they will tell us what they want to do.”
Schaefer, who is in Los Angeles, told RingTV.com that Golden Boy matchmaker, Eric Gomez, is on site handling the situation.
Although neither Arellano or Escobedo could be reached for comment, The Sacramento Bee, the fighter’s hometown paper, has reported that Escobedo insists that the fight is off.
“I’m very disappointed,” said Escobedo.
Broner was fined $60,000 of his purse — $30,000 of which was added to Escobedo’s take of $150,000, and $30,000 of which went to the Ohio Commission.
On Friday, WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel told RingTV.com that Broner’s infraction cost him his title at the scales, although that meant that Escobedo still could win the title if the fight took place.
But Arellano warned, “If he’s comes in too high, then we have to rightfully pull out of the fight because he would have an unfair advantage.”
“This gives the guy an incentive to f–king behave today and to go work out. So I want to go 140 as a maximum,” said Arellano on Friday.
“We have come to a general consensus for that as a team, and we’re just waiting for their response. We had a contractual agreement, and now, we’re giving him the chance to satisfy it. If he doesn’t satisfy it, it’s not our fault.”
If Escobedo takes the fight and is victorious, Valcarcel said that he will be the new titleholder. If Broner wins, Valcarcel said that he will be named the No. 1 contender to the title owned by WBO lightweight titleholder Ricky Burns (34-2, 9 KOs) of Scotland. Burns has a defense opposite Kevin Mitchell (33-1, 24 KOs), of England, on Sept. 22.
“If Broner wins, the title will be vacant because he can not keep the belt since he was overweight,” said Valcarcel. “If Escobedo wins, then he becomes the champion. If Broner wins, then he will become No. 1 at 135 pounds and become the mandatory for Ricky Burns.”
Broner informed RingTV.com on Saturday that he expected the fight to happen.
“I ain’t talking about the fight,” said Broner. “But I will see you tonight.”
Asked if he still thought the fight would happen, Broner said, “yeah.”
“I’m going to beat his a–,” said Broner.
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