Adrien Broner won over Vicente Escobedo tonight, but the win wasn't without asterisks. Bad Left Hook has the recap. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Adrien Broner didn't make weight, but he made good on his pre-fight talk, stopping Vicente Escobedo in the fifth round in Cincinnati.
Broner (24-0, 20 KO) was up against a good fighter tonight, but was simply on another level. He was fast, strong, and highly-skilled, just better than Escobedo (26-4, 15 KO). Escobedo gave it his best shot tonight and had a good game plan, but Broner was too good for him. There's nothing more to it than that. Escobedo's corner, led by Joel Diaz, stopped the fight as Broner dominated the fifth round and beat up on Escobedo.
From here, Broner moves to the lightweight division, and after the bout called out Juan Manuel Marquez, Antonio DeMarco, and Brandon Rios. But it's hard to give Broner even as much credit as a win over Escobedo should get him, which isn't a ton (it's a legit win, but not great), because he twice failed to make an agreed-upon weight, and by all accounts, didn't give it much effort.
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Personally, I felt the way the HBO broadcast hyped up Broner as if he's never been challenged (Daniel Ponce De Leon) and that's not even foreseeable (it is) was a bit disgusting. To me, and I'm just being 100% honest, and I admit Broner can fight, and I'll always tune in to see him, it was a circle jerk, and it came off really poorly. That is just my opinion.
But however you take it, Adrien Broner showed his class tonight, which is what I expected going in, but I also expected a fair fight, and this was not REALLY a fair fight.