Even though Adrien Broner rubbed many boxing's fans the wrong way with his inability to make weight for his July 21 fight against Vicente Escobedo, he did make up for it by putting on an impressive show at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
After a lengthy feeling out period, Adrien Broner started building momentum, landing some solid shots in the second round. Surprisingly, Escobedo turned things around in the third round, but he wasn't able to keep it up for long. Broner regained control of the fight in the fourth round, and he turned up the heat in the fifth round, punishing Escobedo with a vicious barrage of punches that forced Joel Diaz - Vicente's trainer - to throw in the towel.
"He backs it up. He talks and he backs it up," Escobedo told Max Kellerman after the fight. "I have respect for Adrien Broner. … He felt stronger, but I can't determine that. I came in the ring determined, but I didn't do my part. He was the better man tonight. I'll go back home, spend time with my daughter and my wife and see what's next. … Just to come all this way and not get a fair fight and I'm a bit emotional. I'm here to fight."
Escobedo might be disappointed with the result of the fight, but he did earn his biggest paycheck so far on Saturday night, thanks to Broner's weight cutting problems. As far as his boxing career is concerned, there's no shame in losing to a talented boxer like Broner, especially when giving up a significant size advantage.
With the win, Broner plans to move up to the lightweight division, and he already has his sights on the likes of Antonio DeMarco.
"I'm on to the lightweights," Broner said after the fight. "[Antonio] DeMarco can get it, [Juan Manuel] Marquez can get it. Brandon Rios, we can meet at a catch-weight and you can come get it next."
I definitely was impressed with Broner's performance inside the ring, but his behavior throughout the weekend makes me question his desire to be the best that he can be.
Jake Donovan, "Lightweight Bound Adrien Broner Stops Escobedo In Five"
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.