Broner on Vargas: He Ain't Win His Fights When He Stepped Up

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Adrien Broner didn’t even let Brian Custer finish his question to Jessie Vargas.

The Showtime announcer attempted to ask Vargas about a statement he had made regarding Broner losing when he “stepped up” in fights contested above the super lightweight limit of 140 pounds. An agitated Broner wouldn’t allow Vargas to publicly pick apart his resume two days before their 12-round, 144-pound main event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“He did, too,” Broner yelled at Custer during a press conference Thursday at Barclays Center. “He ain’t win his fights when he stepped up.”

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Broner pointed out Vargas’ largely lopsided unanimous-decision defeats to former WBO welterweight champions Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao. Those are the only two losses of Vargas’ 9½-year pro career, but Bradley and Pacquiao were the onetime WBO welterweight champ’s two toughest opponents.

“I don’t wanna hear none of that sh*t,” Broner said. “When you stepped up and you fought Timothy Bradley, you lost. And when you stepped up and fought Pacquiao, you lost. So shut that sh*t up, bitch-ass n*gga. So what I’m saying is this – I’m a four-time world champion. I’ve been a world champion at ’47 before. So I don’t wanna hear nothing. Quit talking about all the losses. You ain’t them. You’ve gotta beat me first. No homo. Come on, man. Get up out of here, man.”

Despite losing to Bradley and Pacquiao, the 28-year-old Vargas (28-2, 10 KOs) is a slight favorite over Broner (33-3, 24 KOs, 1 NC) in part because Broner has either lost or struggled during fights contested above 140 pounds.

The Cincinnati native is 2-1 in fights as a full-fledged 147-pounder, but Broner’s two welterweight wins were split-decision defeats of a past-his-prime Paulie Malignaggi and Adrian Granados. Broner was knocked down twice by Argentina’s Marcos Maidana during his lone loss at the welterweight limit, a 12-round unanimous decision.

The 28-year-old Broner also lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Shawn Porter in a fight contested at the same 144-pound catch weight at which he’ll battle Las Vegas’ Vargas. Broner’s most recent defeat came against another four-division champion, Mikey Garcia, in a 12-round, 140-pound fight July 29 at Barclays Center.

The Broner-Vargas fight will be the main event of Showtime’s three-bout broadcast Saturday night (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).

In the opening bout, Baltimore’s Gervonta Davis (19-0, 18 KOs) and Argentina’s Jesus Cuellar (28-2, 21 KOs) will fight for a vacant version of the WBA super featherweight title. Just before Broner-Vargas, Houston’s Jermall Charlo (26-0, 20 KOs) will square off against Hugo Centeno Jr. (26-1, 14 KOs, 1 NC), of Oxnard, California, in another 12-rounder for the WBC interim middleweight title.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Moralesterible on 04-21-2018

[QUOTE=Realizniguhnit;18688162]How was Paulie past his prime at age 32? He looked the best he looked in a while when he fought Broner and it could be argued he won the fight. Paulie looked better there than in some of his…

Comment by elfag on 04-21-2018

[QUOTE=HURTFEELINGS;18688146]You do KNOW he's a 4 division champion, he ACTUALLY "stepped up" he went from 135 to 147 and won a World Championship.:boxing:[/QUOTE] He won the WBA by beating paulie malinagi at welter. malinagi wasnt even a full size welter.

Comment by Graz on 04-21-2018

[QUOTE=1hourRun;18688098][IMG][/IMG][/QUOTE] Perfect. That’s the real Broner when he gets spanked. I hope Maidana is there to watch tonight.

Comment by IronDanHamza on 04-21-2018

[QUOTE=Realizniguhnit;18689257]1st of all. Age matters buddy. When u just turned 32 you shouldn't be past your prime just yet, period Maybe you didn't read correctly or haven't been following his career because Paulie clearly wasn't past it in 2013 In…

Comment by IronDanHamza on 04-21-2018

[QUOTE=djtmal;18689195]i wonder how irrelevant it was for shane, cotto, and manny..they were so rickety by the time floyd fought em, you could have called those fights the grey bowl, sponsored by huggies and aarp...[/QUOTE] So how come you said you…

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