Super welterweight, Adrien Broner (32-2, 24 KOs), stepped on the scale four tenths of a pound over the 140-pound limit for his fight against UK’s Ashley Theophane (39-7-1, 11 KOs), which took place at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. last night. The miscue on the scale caused Broner to be stripped of his WBA title. However, in the ring, he was calculated with his punches. Broner, who looked physically pudgy and soft, had no problem bouncing his opponent around the ring with thunderous body shots and uppercuts for eight and a half rounds. Theophane had his moments but didn’t possess the power necessary to back Broner up and get his respect. Theophane from five years ago this would’ve been a greater challenge but a career of taking punishment has taken a toll on the British fighter. Before the fight Broner predicted a third round stoppage but had to wait until round nine before his opponent was dispatched. Although Broner’s in-ring performance was lackluster, his post-fight interview was filled with drama.
Mayweather decided not to engage in a war of words while he was standing on the ring apron, but addressed Broner after he left the arena. Based on Mayweather’s reaction, it’s unlikely we’ll see the two in the ring with each other, and that’s probably a good thing.
If this is all a ruse to convince the public that a Mayweather vs. Broner fight is the perfect number 50, it’s a hoax of epic proportions only the WWE would attempt to concoct. For fans to buy into this matchup, Broner is going to need a win over a champion that’s convincing. If he wants to stay at 140, Terence Crawford is the perfect opponent to cement himself as king of the division. Otherwise, he’ll have to go up to 147 and lift a belt off Danny Garcia or the winner of Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter. Either way it won’t be an easy task for a man who seems to be dedicated to rapping and Instagram fame more than he is boxing.