He talks too much. He’s too cocky for his own good. He eats too many twinkies. He’s a Floyd Mayweather wannabe.
Adrien Broner has heard it all.
Whether you hate him or love him, Broner is clearly on the path to become boxing’s next superstar. Only time will tell if he will ever live up to his full potential, but he has all the talent in the world to become the next Floyd Mayweather Jr.
On Saturday night, Broner made Money May proud in typical cocky fashion. He managed to stir up a ton of pre-fight controversy by not making weight. He demolished his opponent in the ring, and afterwords he even entertained fans with a fake post-fight marriage proposal.
The fight was in jeopardy up until just a couple hours before fight time because Broner weighed in 3 1/2 pounds over the super featherweight limit. To make matters worse, Broner clearly didn’t care. Immediately after the weight-in, he was seen chugging down water and tweeting pictures of twinkies.
Vicente Escobedo didn’t want to fight Broner at lightweight, and who could really blame him? Even at super featherweight Escobedo would have been outmatched and outclassed, but fighting him at lightweight would ultimately prove to be hazardous to his health. According to reports, Escobedo was prepared to walk away from the fight but Broner’s promoters ended up paying him at least twice the amount he was originally scheduled to make.
Once the two fighters finally met in the squared circle the fight went pretty much as anyone could have predicted. Broner has no problem breaking Escobedo down. He was the bigger, faster, smarter and the flat-out better fighter. In fact, Escobedo never hit Broner with a clean punch. In the fifth round, Escobedo’s corner stopped the match after Broner had Escobedo stuck on the ropes and in serious danger.
Kudos to Escobedo’s corner for throwing in the towel. His face was starting to get butchered up and there was no reason to risk longterm damage in a fight he had no business being in to begin with.
Broner, 22, has a bright future in the sport of boxing and fans look forward to seeing how dominant he will eventually become. He’s a marketable fighter and he knows how to make himself memorable. After his destruction of Escobedo, he kept everyone tuned in when he dropped down to one knee in-front of his girlfriend, acted like he was going to propose, and stunned everyone — including his girlfriend — by asking her to brush his hair.
That’s why he’s Cincinnati’s Cocky Killer, not Cincinnati’s Classy Killer.
On the undercard, undefeated power puncher Keith Thurman, 23, finished Orlando Lora in six rounds. While nobody should be surprised by the outcome, Lora was definitely game for the first four rounds. The challenger never backed down, and even though Thurman landed a number of flush power punches, Lora never seemed to be seriously hurt. By round six, however, Lora realized he wasn’t going to win and told his corner he had enough.
Thurman is a prospect worth keeping an eye on, but he has a long way to go before becoming a top contender. He needs to show more fluidity in his movement and more athleticism to go along with his power before he can be considered a true threat to any of the top welterweights and/or light middleweights.