By Ryan Maquiñana
Adrien Broner weighed in a second time on Saturday morning and came in at 143 pounds, prompting challenger Vicente Escobedo to pull out of their scheduled WBO junior lightweight title fight later tonight in Cincinnati, according to a source within Team Escobedo.
“After he weighed in again, Broner came out and was saying that something better be done to fix this, as if he were trying to make it sound like it was our fault,” the source said. “His team said yesterday after he came in overweight the first time that the fight should still go down if they came in at 143 the following morning.
“But look, 143 is not 10 pounds over the actual contracted weight of 130. It’s 13 pounds. We said if he doesn’t come in at 140, which is 10 pounds over the contracted weight, then the fight’s off, and now it is.”
At Friday’s original weigh-in, Broner tipped the scales at 133.5 pounds, 3.5 over the junior lightweight limit of 130, which Escobedo made. As a result, the title would only be on the line for the challenger.
Rolando Arellano, Escobedo’s manager, was livid with Team Broner and stated that if the reigning champion did not meet a 140-pound fight day limit at 9:30 a.m. ET, that they would not go through with the bout.
Broner had voiced his opinion that Saturday would be his final title defense at junior lightweight, even posting pictures of Twinkies on his Twitter account as a display of his growing frame. Now he has been effectively stripped of the belt.
“We tried to make it work,” the source continued. “But look, at this point, if Broner’s allowed to continue to hydrate, he’s a big guy. He's going to come into the ring at around 150, 152 pounds, and no way Vicente will add that much to the 140 pounds he weighed this morning. That would be a difference of two weight classes.”
There is still no word regarding how the WBO will handle the newly vacated title, but Escobedo, currently ranked No. 1, is content to let things play out.
“We’re not going to be bullied into that situation,” the source said. “They think they can throw money at everything and fix things. ‘The Problem’ has become a problem."
Ryan Maquiñana writes a weekly boxing column for CSNBayArea.com. He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and the Ratings Panel for Ring Magazine. E-mail him at [email protected] , check out his blog at Norcalboxing.net, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.