Adrien Broner went from trying to establish himself as a new Cincinnati sports hero to potentially screwing the fans in the city out of a fight. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
As reported yesterday, Adrien Broner came in at 133.5 pounds for his 130 pound bout with Vicente Escobedo, scheduled for tonight on HBO. He was supposed to weigh in no heavier than 140 pounds this morning for the fight to go ahead.
Well, Broner went ahead and blew that weigh in as well, coming in at 143 pounds. This resulted in immediate reporting that the fight was off, but the Broner camp, Golden Boy and (presumably) HBO have been trying to figure out a way to have the fight go ahead all day.
Steve Kim tweeted earlier "Im told that Escobedo has been offered more than double his purse to proceed tonight. Yeah, this fight may still take place."
At roughly the same time, Ernest Gabion of Boxing Scene tweeted "And I have been told just now Team Escobedo rejected the latest offers. Fight is still off."
It's hard to see how you allow the fight to go ahead at this point. Broner missed weight, was given a reasonable weight to stay under for a morning second weigh in, blew that off and now they're effectively trying to bribe Escobedo into taking a televised beating from a guy who had no interest in making weight.
I can only speak personally, but this has soured me on Broner. I was never a huge fan as I felt like he had an attitude his accomplishments didn't quite give him the right to have, and I also have my doubts about his heart in the ring. But I now don't see him as much of a professional and there is an amount of "respect for the game" that I expect out of fighters and he basically spit on that idea.
This is going to haunt him, these are the kind of situations you can't just shake off. He has a lot of work to do to have people forget his pulling this stunt.