Adrien Broner went out of the 130-pound division in impressive fashion, beating Vincente Escobedo by TKO in Round 5.
ESPN's Dan Rafael tweeted:
Using a tactical body assault early on, Broner (24-0, 20 knockouts) used that to his advantage, opening up Escobedo's (26-4, 15 KOs head in the fourth and fifth round. That allowed Broner to land power shot after power shot, ultimately causing the referee to stop the bout after Escobedo's corner threw in the towel.
Entering the fight at 147 pounds, Broner had a big weight advantage over Escobedo, who came into the bout at 142 pounds.
At the weigh-in Friday, Broner came in at 133.5 pounds, 3.5 pounds over the 130-pound junior lightweight limit, causing the WBO to strip Broner's belt and almost caused the bout not to take place (per RingTV)
Escobedo will still get a shot at the WBO junior lightweight title that he was supposed to get tonight despite the loss.
Broner will now make the jump to the 135-pound, lightweight division for the time being. He has as bright of future as any current boxing prospect in any weight division.
Broner entered the in ring his typical flashy fashion, having rapper Waka Flocka Flame accompanying him in his walk, rapping one of his hit songs.
Broner continued his show after the bout, when he fooled the crowd and the HBO audience that was watching on TV. During his post-fight interview he had everyone thinking he was about to propose to his current girlfriend. Instead, he asked his girlfriend to brush his hair—brushing his hair is something he does after every fight—down on one knee.
Look for Broner's antics inside and outside of the ring to continue, as he's poised to lead the sport after current fan favorites Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather are no longer active in the sport.
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