Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Team Escobedo Confirms Interest in Adrien Broner Fight

By Ryan Maquiñana

WOODLAND, CALIF. – Junior lightweight contender Vicente “Chente” Escobedo cleared the air regarding speculation surrounding a July 21 title shot against WBO 130-pound titlist Adrien “The Problem” Broner.

“My plan is to go forward,” Escobedo told BoxingScene.com.  “Whoever’s in the way, whether it’s Broner, or anyone else, it doesn’t matter.  I want to get my title, and I want to stay at this weight class.”

Earlier in the week at his public workout, Escobedo (26-3, 15 KOs) told BoxingScene.com that he might not be ready for a July date because he was expecting a baby with his wife this summer. However, “Chente” was much more definitive with his answer following a virtual shutout of veteran Juan Ruiz (23-10, 7 KOs) Saturday night.

“Yeah, it doesn’t matter to me,” Escobedo said when asked if he would indeed be amenable to a July 21 fight.  “I talked about it with my manager.  We can make it happen.”

Broner (23-0, 19 KOs) has impressed as of late with stoppage wins over each of his last three opponents.  Escobedo broke down how a fight would transpire with the Cincinnati native.

“I have to look at more of his tapes, but from what I’ve seen, he has speed and power,” Escobedo added.  “But I have speed and power as well.  He has good fundamentals, but so do I.  I think a fight between me and him would be a great fight.  It would be a chess match.”

Regarding fighting in the champion’s hometown, Escobedo was seemingly unconcerned about getting a fair shake.

“One thing I learned from an old trainer of mine, Nacho Beristain—a great trainer—he told me, ‘Chingasos are chingasos,’ which means, ‘Punches are punches.’  The punches are going to be the same whether the fights in Cincinnati or Sacramento.  It’s going to be the same fight no matter where it is.  A fight’s a fight.  We’re professionals and we don’t fold under the pressure.”

Escobedo’s manager, Rolando Arellano, echoed his fighter’s sentiment.

“Within the next couple days, I’ll be over at the office at Golden Boy, talking to Richard [Schaefer] and talking to the network, and we don’t want to lose for an opportunity like that,” Arellano said.  “He’s the No. 1 contender.  He’s been waiting for his title shot for a very long time, so what we’re going to have to do make several adjustments.

“What the adjustments are I don’t know yet, but we have to sit down with the team and find out what’s best for Vicente number one, what’s best for his psychology number two, what’s best for this family and his future child.  I’m sure if we put those elements in place we can come up with something that makes sense for all of us, and we can also save that date and that great opportunity.”

At a Thursday press conference in San Jose to announce Robert Guerrero’s July 28 with Selcuk Aydin, Golden Boy’s Eric Gomez confirmed that Broner had an open date for July 21 in his hometown of Cincinnati, and that Escobedo was their first choice to land the fight.

Ryan Maquiñana writes a weekly boxing column for CSNBayArea.com.  He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and on the Ratings Advisory Panel for Ring Magazine. E-mail him at [email protected], check out his blog at Norcalboxing.net, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BoxerDood on 05-14-2012

Broner should be fighting Salido. Would get much more credit, especially if he won by KO. It would be his biggest win to date.

Comment by newcastleking on 05-14-2012

Broner at 135 against DeMarco, Broner gets schooled.

Comment by 4Corners on 05-14-2012

This is a solid stay busy fight. Escobedo isn't a world beater but he's a good keep busy fight for sure.

Comment by WarMaidana on 05-13-2012

broner should have only one more fight at 130 then go up to 135, hes huge for 130 and theres way better fights at higher weight classes he could prob even go to 140

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 05-13-2012

[QUOTE=FirePunch;12122297]Meaningless fight for broner Hes a champ shouldnt he be facing real competition ? Escobedo ? lol really might aswell fight juan diaz or rocky juarez[/QUOTE] Only reason I don't mind this fight is because it's better than a fight…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (17)
Top Headlines Ricky Burns: Indongo's Height & Reach Made Him a Nightmare Freddie Roach Has Mixed Feelings on McGregor-Malignaggi Crawford: Winning all The Belts, Topping Kostya Tszyu is The Goal! Daily Bread Mailbag: Mayweather-McGregor, Mosley, Ward Shakur Stevenson: Me, Crawford Are Going To Put on a Show Crawford-Indongo Offers a Rare and Intriguing Unification Treat Mayweather-McGregor Odds Shift After 8-Ounce Glove Ruling Malignaggi Explains Why Conor McGregor May Get Disqualified Billy Joe Saunders: Tyson Fury Will 100% Return To Boxing Alberto Machado Drops, Decisions Carlos Morales Why The Glove Size Means Absolutely Nothing For McGregor Against Mayweather Video: Bob Arum on Pacquiao-Horn 2, Crawford-Indongo Video: Crawford's Trainer Talks Mikey Garcia, Indongo Clash Mayweather-McGregor: Money Fight Pop-Up Shops Information Mosley: Mayweather Sr. vs. McGregor is 50-50 Fight - I Pick Sr. Photos: Luis Nery Embraced in Mexico as Hero After Title Win Mayweather: Conor McGregor, as a "Fighter" - is Undefeated! Photos: Maurice Hooker vs. Courtney Jackson - Official Weights Photos: Jennings, Alvarado, Stevenson, Reed Ready To Fight Video: Crawford vs. Indongo - Weigh-In Gets Very Tense Mayweather-McGregor - Weigh-In Ticket Information Photos: Crawford, Indongo - Ready For Unification War Manny Robles, Everton Lopes Return on LA Fight Club, 9/1 Crawford, Indongo Intensely Go Head-to-Head at Weigh-In Luis Ortiz Laughs at Joshua: Where is Your Pride To Fight The Best? Mosley: McGregor Will Be Surprised By Mayweather's Power Hugo Centeno Returns, Set To Face Immanuwel Aleem Shawn Porter Plans To Pursue Danny Garcia Showdown Joshua Admits He Felt Massive Disappointment Klitschko Retired Report: Leo Santa Cruz-Abner Mares Rematch Off Over Money Mayweather: I'm Partying at My Strip Club Every Day Through Fight Antonio Orozco vs. Roberto Ortiz Set For Linares-Campbell Card News: Briedis-Perez Tickets, Victory Boxing Update, Yard-Ford Bob Arum Eyes Michael Conlan ESPN Card in Ireland, in 2018 Mayweather Sr. on McGregor, Malignaggi: Neither One Can Fight! White: Floyd Wouldn't Even Discuss 8-Ounce Gloves in Negotiations Mayweather: I'm Taking Bigger Risk Than McGregor; Legacy on Line Nicholas Walters Cancels His Return Due To Illness, Eyes Fall Bout Shakur Stevenson: I Plan on Taking Over The Sport of Boxing Paddy Barnes To Return On October 6 In Scotland
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement