Undefeated Adrien Broner put on a boxing clinic during his last fight against Vicente Escobedo, stopping the California native in the fifth round of their July 21 encounter. However, he did rub many boxing fans the wrong way with his inability to make weight, coming in three and a half pounds over the super featherweight limit, and then failing to meet the agreed fight-day limit of 140 pounds. His fight against Escobedo was almost cancelled due to his antics.
Regardless of Broner’s behavior outside the ring, his performance against Escobedo solidified his status as one of the most promising young boxers around right now. At only 22-years old, the sky is the limit for Broner, but he’ll need to learn how to be a lot more professional in the future.
Like many boxing fans, well-respected trainer, Jeff Mayweather, thinks highly of Broner, and he shared his thoughts during a recent interview with Chris Robinson.
“The one thing I like about him is that once the fight was over with, he called out everybody who was anybody at 135 pounds,” Mayweather said. “That in itself speaks volumes. He’s still a very young fighter but, like I said, he still has tremendous belief in himself and I take my hat off to him. Because, the one thing about him, he has belief in himself and he’s calling out whoever it is. He’s not shying away from anyone. … He showed tremendous hand speed [against Escobedo], good power, even good defense. He used good angles and obviously, he’s a very confident fighter and he has tremendous belief in himself. Once he made up his mind that he wanted to stop him, he did. He got the job done.”
Broner is arguably the closest thing to boxing’s pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather right now, and he does seem to improve with every fight. He called out Juan Manuel Marquez, Antonio DeMarco, and Brandon Rios after his impressive win against Escobedo, but Mayweather thinks he’ll be wise to stay away from “Dinamita.”
Chris Robinson, “J. Mayweather’s Take on Adrien Broner and His Potential”
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