CINCINNATI - Adrien Broner was stripped of his WBO junior lightweight title on Friday when he weighed in more than 3 pounds overweight. Photos by Pat Lovell/Hoganphotos
But following his fifth-round technical knockout of Vicente Escobedo on Saturday night, Broner promised there would be many more title chances as he moves up to the 135-pound class.
"I'm going out of my weight class, and I'll take on anyone," said Broner moments after his TKO of the top-ranked WBO contender at 2:32 of the fifth.
"Vicente is a world-class fighter. I can't take anything away from him. But he didn't hit me with anything significant. I make all my work easy."
Broner improved to 24-0 with 20 knockouts.
Saturday's fight was billed as Broner's second WBO title defense, but he was stripped of his title on Friday after weighing in 3 1/2 pounds over the 130-pound limit.
Broner weighed in again on Saturday, this time tipping the scales at 143 1/2, which Escobar's camp said was over the newly agreed-upon 140-pound limit. Both sides came to an agreement on Saturday afternoon to fight as scheduled.
Escobedo, who fell to 26-4, said he didn't regret the decision to fight.
"I had to keep to my decision," he said. "I came in on weight like a professional. And he didn't."
Broner, wearing fluorescent green shoes and trunks with his nickname "The Problem" stitched on the front, remained patient with Escobedo until the fifth when he finished off the California native.
"He definitely felt stronger," Escobedo said. "I felt his power. He's fast and hard to hit. He's too quick."
Broner, 22, was fighting in his hometown for the first time since November when he knocked out Vicente Rodriguez to earn the WBO title.