Adrien Broner Makes Statement at 130, WBO Title Win

By Jake Donovan

Unbeaten super featherweight Adrien Broner became the latest chapter in the rich history of boxing in Cincinnati, becoming the seventh fighter from Queen City to advance to championship status.

While a long way from the likes of Ezzard Charles and Aaron Pryor before him, a new era has begun for Cincinnati’s latest future great. The honor came in front of his home crowd at the US Bank Arena as he easily dispatched Argentine contender Vicente Martin Rodrguez in a bout that served as the opening leg of a split site doubleheader on HBO.

The official time was 1:43 of the third round in their vacant title fight.

Broner came out all business in the opening round, hoping to build on the momentum spilled over from his one-round blitzing of Jason Litzau this past June. Rodriguez proved to be durable, even scoring with an occasional left hand. Neither fighter seemed bothered by the other’s punching power, though Broner’s hand speed advantage was massive and also the key to his success.

Rodriguez enjoyed mild success in the second round, though only in that he was more aggressive. Broner wisely covered up while avoiding most of the incoming, incorporating an uppercut into his attack whenever Rodriguez came in wild up top.

The ultimate weapon of choice was Broner’s left hook, which battered and bloodied Rodriguez and eventually put him away. The third round was viciously one-sided, with blood spouting from Rodrigueez’ nose before being put out of his misery courtesy of a left hook after landing at least three uppercuts beforehand.

As the count was issued, Rodriguez sat on the bottom rope, all too content to remain on the deck. Referee Frank Garza reached the count of ten, to signal the beginning of Broner’s championship reign.

“I dreamed of this, and I put on a great performance,” insisted Broner, who improves to 22-0 (18KO). “I told my dad when I was six that I’d become a world champion. November 26, I am now a world champion.”

The win was Broner’s fourth of 2011 and third straight HBO-televised appearance. All have come on cards headlined by Saul Alvarez, who faces Kermit Cintron in Mexico City later this evening.

Rodriguez falls to 34-3-1 (19KO) with the loss. The bout was his first in the United States and just his second outside of his native Argentina. He has failed miserably in both attempts and most likely will never again be heard from on the contender level.

There will be plenty of noise coming from Broner’s world, for sure. The Cincinnati boxer enters the title ranks at a time when the 130 lb. division is threatening to take off.

“I’m ready to move forward. The sky is the limit. We’re going to the drawing board with Al Haymon and Golden Boy Promotions, my promoter, and see what’s next.”

Whatever the case, the future is bright for Broner, on a night after joining elite members of his city’s rich past.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by richardt on 11-27-2011

Rios would chew up and spit out Broner. Broner already lost to a guy who is smaller than Rios and doesn't hit anywhere near as hard as Rios, let alone the size, despite what the Golden Boy blind Judges scored.…

Comment by Eaner0919 on 11-27-2011

[quote=JibbaJabber;11479933]to you it is.. as i can see you have a stand in front of you get punched until someone falls down fighter in your sig.. rios is a bum broner would would whip his ass.[/quote] feed him to Rios…

Comment by TaurusJ27 on 11-27-2011

Broner's speed was incredible.

Comment by nycsmooth on 11-27-2011

hard 2 look bad vs a guy brought in to lose...better opposition in a weak WBO rankings...even @ a lower wt he'll never approach the caliber Aaron was...

Comment by Check on 11-27-2011

Broner looked good and his uppercut is pretty deadly. Yeah, he has a strap but in reality he is still learning on the job(is he even 22 yet). He probably would of iced Burns though so he looks like a…

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