Lem Satterfield

Broner KOs Escobedo in fifth, calls out Marquez, Rios, DeMarco

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Former WBO 130-pound titleholder Adrien Broner battered his man from start to finish, forcing trainer Joel Diaz to throw in the towel and referee Gary Rosato to wave an end to the fight at 2:42 of the fifth and final round of Saturday night’s HBO-televised knockout of a bloody Vicente Escobedo at U.S. Bank Arena in Broner’s hometown of Cincinnati.

The stoppage win was the fifth straight for Broner (24-0, 20 knockouts), who turns 23 on July 28, against Escobedo (26-4, 15 KOs), a 30-year-old who was knocked out for the first time in his career and whose four-fight winning streak was ended. 

“He backs it up. He talks and he backs it up. I have respect for Adrien,” said Escobedo. “I felt that I could hang in there and beat him. I really felt that. But he was much quicker, much faster, and he did have some power.”

Broner fought Escobedo under the shroud of controversy. The fight was jeopardized at Friday afternoon’s weigh-in, where Broner was 3.5 pounds above the 130-pound division limit, and Escobedo was on weight.

Broner was fined $60,000 of his purse — $30,000 of which was added to Escobedo’s purse, and $30,000 of which went to the Ohio Commission. Broner was allowed a Saturday morning weigh-in, where the Escobedo camp wanted him to come in a 140 — 10 pounds over the contracted weight. Broner came in at 143.

But early Saturday evening, Golden Boy Promotions’ matchmaker Eric Gomez informed RingTV.com that “a confidential agreement” was reached, allowing Broner-Escobedo to happen.

Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer said the situation was resolved during “a team meeting” by Escobedo’s camp. According to a source, Escobedo was then “offered more money.”

Broner, who lost his title at the scales, is now expected to move up to lightweight, where WBO president Francisco “PacoValcarcel told RingTV.com 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.

“With the weight, I just grew out of the weight class,” said Broner, “and now, I’m going up, and that’s that.”

Broner then responded to a question by HBO’s Max Kellerman about having tweeted photos of twinkies and other foods he alluded to having dined on regularly leading up to the fight.

Broner said that an HBO questionaire asked “what was something nobody knows about Adrien Broner,” and his response was, “I said I’m addicted to twinkies.”

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“That was tweeted because of a 10-question HBO questionaire from HBO and that’s why that was tweeted,” said Broner. “But other than that, I tried my best, and I’m going up and get a lightweight title.”

Broner called out WBC lightweight beltholder Antonio DeMarco of Tijuana, Mexico, as well as four-division beltwinner Juan Manuel Marquez, of Mexico City and former lightweight titleholder Brandon Rios.

“DeMarco, you might be next. Marquez, you can get it next,” said Broner. “Brandon Rios, we can meet at a catchweight. It really don’t matter.”

Escobedo had fought four times at or below 132.5 pounds since losing a 10-round decision to former two-division titleholder Robert Guerrero as a lightweight in November of 2010. When he lost to Guerrero, Escobedo was two fights removed from a split-decision loss to Michael Katsidis in another lightweight bout in September of 2009.

Escobedo has fought 11 times above the 130-pound weght limit, where he had suffered his other losses by decision to Daniel Jiminez, Katsidis and Guerrero.

 

“Did he feel heavier in there? Yeah. He felt stronger. But I did my job in there. I came in on weight, like a professional does, and Adrien didn’t do his part, you know?” said Escobedo. “But that’s the past. I accepted the fight with those terms, and I came here to fight, and that’s what I did. But he was the better man tonight.”

Another report will follow.

Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Photo by Pat Lovell, Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

 

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