SAN DIEGO, July 21, 2012 – Adrien “The Problem” Broner lived up to his name all right after his failure to make weight caused tonight’s bout in front of Broner’s hometown Cincinnati fans against Californian Vicente (Chente) Escobedo to be put in jeopardy.
Thanks apparently to some last minute scrambling and additional money changing hands according to WorldBoxingNews.net which doubles Escobed’s purse to $300,000, the bout will go on as scheduled.
I’m reluctant to give shameless media whore Broner any more publicity than he deserves by writing about this. But fans looking forward to seeing the trash-talking flashtastic fighter Broner in his final fight in the junior lightweight division need to know what the hell is going on. So, now you know. You can stop reading here and I won’t blame you. It won’t hurt my feelings a bit. Talk at you later.
Broner (22-0, 19KOs) weighed in Friday at 133.5 pounds, and couldn’t budge the scale despite working out and sitting in a sauna. Not wanting to call things off, Escobedo’s camp agreed to let Broner weigh in again this morning at 9:30 a.m. If he stayed within 10-pounds of the weight limit after rehydrating, 140 pounds or less, the fight would be a go. This should have been a breeze.
Broner was stripped of his title and fined $60,000 of his pursue for his failure. Half of it went to Escobedo (26-3, 15 KOs), half to the Ohio Boxing Commission.
Saturday morning, Broner weighed in at 143.5 pounds. As boxing writer Steve Kim of MaxBoxing.com wrote on Twitter, Broner not only missed the junior lightweight limit Friday, he missed the junior WELTERWEIGHT limit today.
None of this comes as a shock to those who follow Broner’s Twitter feed. Last Sunday, he posted two photos back to back. The first at 2:39 p.m. read “Had to get it” and showed the photo above of a Twix Ice Cream Bar. Two minutes later, Broner posted “I’m addicted LOL” and featured the Twinkies seen in the photo above.
Twinkies are 150 calories each; the Twix ice cream bar is 280 calories. These junk food items aren’t by themselves make or break for someone working out as hard as a professional boxer.
This is just the tip of the junk food iceberg. Broner has also tweeted about eating Skittles candy, sugared cereals, McDonald’s (calling Michael Moore!), and the like. If this stuff is a regular part of Broner’s diet, it adds up. Seriously Sherlock, chowing down on Twinkies five days before weigh-in? Cause, meet effect.
Broner might also get a clue looking at his father Thomas, an auto mechanic by day and his cornerman and groomer for his fights. I’m just saying.
The scrambling began after the second weigh-in failure to try and salvage the fight. Escobedo was reportedly offered $10,000 per extra pound to go ahead anyway. HBO, which has engaged in plenty of build-up featuring Broner and wanted to avoid showing re-runs of “Game of Thrones” instead of “Boxing After Dark,” didn’t want to pack up all its gear and leave. Surely producers applied some behind-the-scenes pressure. HBO needs to dole out some punishment to Broner and make it sting over this, starting with the annoucing team tonight. I’m talking to you, Jim Lampley and Max Kellerman.
Broner’s manager Al Haymon was reported to have apologized to the Escobedo camp for his boxer’s lack of respect.
Through the morning and afternoon, it was off. Then on. Then off. Then at 5 p.m. Eastern, it was on again. Broner reportedly weighed 148 pounds and Escobedo decided to take him on. Golden Boy Promotions posted on Twitter: “Despite rumors circulating, the @AdrienBroner vs @ChenteEscobedo fight is ON! #BronerEscobedo @HBOboxing @USBankArena #fb”
I was just as disgusted when Julio Caesar Chavez ended up fighting at 180 pounds, 21 pounds over the weight limit against veteran Marco Antonio Rubio in February. By some miracle, Chavez cleared 160 pounds. By the opening bell, he weighted 180 pounds. Rubio is a natural middleweight fighting at 161. When your opponent outweighs you by 20 pounds, how can this be considered an even contest? Never mind that Escobedo has the chance to claim the WBO super-featherweight title with a win over Broner. It’s not worth it.
It is time to go back to weigh-ins the day of the fight. Boxing doesn’t need any more black eyes. Add this to the Pacquiao-Bradley issue, Floyd Mayweather going to jail, Lamont Peterson testing positive for drugs - I need to stop there because I’m makng myself angry.
If you’d rather not watch this one-sided bout in protest, you have my blessing. Go find something else to do tonight. Maybe write some letters to Mayweather, who has another two weeks left on his jail sentence. I’ll report on the outcome later tonight.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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