Tonight at 9 pm ET on Showtime from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas headline a tripleheader of action in a 144-pound catchweight main event.
Broner (33-3, 24 KO) and Vargas (28-2, 10 KO) are both former titleholders looking to get back to a world title fight, and a win is necessary to do so. The pair of 28-year-old fighters are a potentially intriguing style matchup, with Vargas’ consistency matched against Broner’s flashy skills.
In the co-feature, Jermall Charlo (26-0, 20 KO) and Hugo Centeno Jr (26-1, 14 KO) meet in a 12-round bout for the interim WBC middleweight title. The full belt is held by Gennady Golovkin.
In the televised opener, the vacant WBA “world” super featherweight title is on the line between Gervonta “Tank” Davis (19-0, 18 KO) and Jesus Cuellar (28-2, 21 KO).
We’ll be here with live, round-by-round coverage and immediate post-fight analysis for all three bouts. Wil Esco will be on the RBR call. Join us!
- ADRIEN BRONER and JESSIE VARGAS battle to MD (115-113 Broner, 114-114, 114-114)
- JERMALL CHARLO def. HUGO CENTENO JR by KO (0:55 of Round 2)
- GERVONTA DAVIS def. JESUS CUELLAR by TKO (2:45 of Round 3)
ADRIEN BRONER vs JESSIE VARGAS
Round 1: Vargas comes out with a jab to the body, then to the chest. Vargas goes to the body again with a hard jab, and again! Broner tries to retaliate with the same thing and Vargas throws another one in return. Vargas throws yet another jab to the body and Broner throws a check hook. Vargas continually leads with a hard jab to the body, probably looking to set up a chopping right in short order. Broner starts talking to Vargas and gets him to smile. Another jab downstairs lands for Vargas. More and more jabs downstairs come from Vargas. Vargas makes the most contact in Round 1. Vargas 10-9.
Round 2: Vargas tries to throw some more jabs to the body and now Broner counters upstairs. Now Vargas tries to sneak in a right hand upstairs as he feints the jab to the body. Vargas outworking Broner with the body jab alone. Broner still not letting his hands go. Vargas goes downstairs with a combination and ends with a couple upstairs. Vargas throws another combination as Broner just covers up. Chopping right hand lands for Vargas, who is clearly outworking Broner by a significant margin. Vargas 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Broner’s trainer yells at him in between rounds for not throwing enough punches back. Starting this round Vargas comes back out featuring the body jab. Another hard jab to the body lands for Vargas. Broner tries to walk forward a little more now but he’s still mostly just covering up as Vargas throws short combinations. Vargas now throwing hooks to the body and Broner pushes him back. Broner lands an uppercut on the inside but it’s a singular shot. Vargas throws five punches and Broner throws one back below the belt, Vargas complains about it. Now the fighters are in close quarters with Vargas still throwing many more shots than Vargas. Easy rounds to score so far. Vargas 10-9.
Round 4: Vargas comes out with a few jabs upstairs, then tries one down to the body. Broner actually throws a couple punches and looks for a right hand counter that doesn’t land. Now Broner lands a hard right hand to the head. Vargas just taking a workmanlike approach and just trying to score and keep a pace he knows Broner won’t match. Counter left hook lands for Broner. Now both fighters are trading on the inside. Vargas hits Broner to the body with a couple shots. Vargas hears the clapper and throws several more shots. Better round for Broner but I still think Vargas takes it. Vargas 10-9, 40-36.
Round 5: Broner comes out looking for his counter left hook but can’t find the target. Right hand to the body lands for Vargas. Vargas throws four more punches to the body and Broner lands one counter shot back. Broner lands a jab and walks forward but Vargas meets him with shots. Vargas is just throwing a lot, lot more punches than Broner — who would’ve guess it?! Broner lands a lead right and tries a big left hook that misses and makes him slip to the canvas, Vargas leans over to mock him. Check hook lands now for Broner, then a right hand to the chin. Well, better round for Broner but I’m still leaning towards Vargas’ workrate. Vargas 10-9.
Round 6: Broner comes out throwing punches in this round and hit Vargas with a number of shots early. When Broner throws punches, he’s landing them, imagine that. Vargas throws a flurry but Broner walks through it. Vargas throws two left hooks to the body. Vargas has a mark under his left eye from a Broner right hand. Hard left hook lands for Broner. Now Vargas is talking to Broner, taunting him. Broner lands a low blow and the referee calls a timeout to let Vargas recover. Now we’re back in action and Vargas tries a flurry to end the round. I think Broner gets on the board here. Broner 10-9, 55-59.
Round 7: Vargas looking to reestablish his jab and then sneaks in a chopping right hand to the head. Vargas throws some more jabs to the body and Broner is mostly too busy defending to get off any sustained offense. Now Broner lands a hard counter hook. Vargas going back down to the body and the fighters are trading on the inside. Broner lands another left hook. Broner tries a couple lead right hands but can’t land them clean. Vargas 10-9.
Round 8: A couple of Broner’s trainers are yelling at him to throw more punches — don’t hold your breath. Vargas jabs to the body. Counter hook lands for Broner. Vargas might be starting to get a little fatigued based on his how much he’s been throwing. Broner lands a lead right hand, then another one! Vargas’ defense is slipping as he’s fatiguing a little. Vargas lands a right hand downstairs but Broner lands a sharp jab upstairs. Broner is landing more punches now but Vargas gets in one back! Double hook lands for Broner. I like Broner’s sharper punches in this round. Broner 10-9, 74-78.
Round 9: Broner comes out on the attack, trying to pick up the pressure on Vargas. Broner backs Vargas to the ropes and lands a lead right. Broner hits Vargas with another lead right, followed by a jab. Now Vargas lands a five-punch combination to the head and body. Broner lands a left hook as Vargas tries to walk in. Hard straight right to the body lands for Broner. Both fighters trade body shots but Broner gets the better of it. Lead right lands for Broner, Vargas nods. Uppercut lands for Broner, who flurries to end the round! Good round for Broner. Broner 10-9.
Round 10: Broner lands two body shots and Vargas is clearly fading. Broner lands a right hand to the head. Vargas backing up and Broner is showboating as he walks to Vargas. Vargas trying to get distance using the jab but grabs Broner as he walks in, a clear sign of fatigue. Broner tries a left hook, right hand combination. Broner lands a jab, then another one. Vargas throws a short combination but Broner is still chasing him down and strafes him to the body and head with several right hands! Broner 10-9, 94-96.
Round 11: Broner is looking to make a late push in this fight, closing the scoring distance. Broner is walking Vargas down again and Vargas grabs hold to force a break. Vargas tries two left hooks upstairs that partially land. Broner isn’t throwing punches as much now and it’s allowing Vargas to get a pace he feels more comfortable with. Broner lands a right uppercut and then lands a left hook to the body, followed by a straight right upstairs. Vargas’ face is showing signs of distress. Big right hand land for Broner, and Vargas is now bleeding from his left eye. Broner is doing more and more damage but Vargas outworked him here. I’m going to edge it slightly to Broner. Broner 10-9.
Round 12: Broner’s trainer wants him to fight this last round like he needs a KO. Broner walking to Vargas, looking to land another right hand lead. Vargas circling the outside and Broner lands a right hand. Broner tries another left hook, right hand combination that can’t find the mark. Broner isn’t showing a ton of urgency but now throws a few punches that miss. Vargas isn’t doing much himself. Vargas throws a combination but Broner catches all of them on his guard. Broner lands a body shot and then an overhand right. Close round that could go either way but I’m going to give it to Broner for forcing the fight more. Broner 10-9. I’ve got it a draw, 114-114.
JERMALL CHARLO vs HUGO CENTENO JR.
Round 1: Centeno come outs with several feints, trying to gauge Charlo’s reaction. Charlo throws a jab that doesn’t quite find the mark. Now Centeno tries a couple jabs but gets countered by a harder one. Slow opening round so far, lots of posturing and feeling out. Charlo stalks Centeno as he tries to work the outside of the ring. Two jabs land for Charlo. Not much to speak of here, but I think Charlo takes the opening frame. Charlo 10-9.
Round 2: Charlo comes out and tries to land something big but gets tangled up. Now Centeno lands an uppercut but catches some hard shots back, including a left hook that flattens Centeno! Beddy-bye time! He’s not going to beat the count. Charlo demolishes Centeno once he let his hands go! Charlo KO-2.
GERVONTA DAVIS vs JESUS CUELLAR
Round 1: Cuellar comes out quick trying to put some leather on Davis. Davis picks him off with a counter jab. Davis throws a couple more jabs which gets Cuellar’s attention. Davis throws a hard uppercut to the body, then another one. Now Davis gets in some really quick shots to the head. Davis is showing off his much faster hands early. Cuellar now goes downstairs with two shots. Davis is stalking forward now, looking to do some more damage to Cuellar. Hard counter left hand lands for Davis, who follows it up with a three-punch combination. Davis now lands an uppercut upstairs. Davis is lighting Cuellar up early. Davis 10-9.
Round 2: Cuellar tries to start quick again, trying to apply pressure early. Davis uses the ring to circle, keeping his composure. Davis misses on a counter left but then hits Cuellar hard with a shot to the liver which puts Cuellar down! Cuellar is in pain! Cuellar beats the count but he’s still hurt to the body. Davis tries to pour it on Cuellar and hits him in the same spot with another body shot! Cuellar survives but walks into a couple more counter shots. Davis 10-8, 20-17.
Round 3: Cuellar’s trainer tells him to wait until the mid-rounds to try and pour it on Davis, trying to survive his early exuberance. Still Cuellar comes out throwing punches to start the round, trying to hit Davis almost anywhere. Davis is a much sharper counter puncher and he’s making Cuellar pay. Davis again looks to target the liver and do damage. Cuellar can’t really cope with Davis’ speed. Hard counter uppercut to the chin lands for Davis. Now he has Cuellar on the ropes and beats the body like a drum and Cuellar once again hits the deck! Cuellar beats the count but he’s taken a lot of punishment early. Davis batters Cuellar along the ropes and Cuellar crumbles once again! Referee waves it off. Davis TKO-3.