By Keith Idec
NEW YORK – Jessie Vargas and Adrien Broner agreed that they want a rematch as they stood alongside each other at ringside late Saturday night.
Whether a second bout between them takes place remains to be seen, but their fight Saturday night certainly was competitive and entertaining enough to warrant a rematch. Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs, 1 NC) and Vargas (28-2-1, 10 KOs) battled to a majority draw in a fan-friendly fight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
One judge, Julie Lederman, scored their 12-round, 144-pound fight for Broner, who overcame a slow start and performed well during its second half. The two other judges – Eric Marlinski and Kevin Morgan – had it even (114-114).
Cincinnati’s Broner believes he should’ve won, 115-113. Las Vegas’ Vargas wasn’t as adamant about the scoring, yet he also feels he deserved a victory.
Broner wants a rematch in his hometown, where he won a debatable split decision against Adrian Granados 14 months ago. Vargas suggested fighting again in Brooklyn, where an announced crowd of 13,964 watched at Barclays Center.
“I hope so,” Vargas said. “I hope so. I mean, it was a good fight. Fans seemed to like it. I heard ‘em getting loud in here, in Brooklyn. We’ll be back. I mean, if they want us to do it again, we can do it again. I’d be glad to do it. … We’ll do it again, anytime.”
Vargas used the word “if” regarding Broner’s willingness to fight him again, which caused Broner to interrupt him.
“Nah, if you want to,” Broner said. “When have I ever ran from somebody? Let’s do it.”
The 28-year-old Broner indicated Vargas will push for an immediate rematch because he would make more for that fight than any other bout that’s realistically available for him.
“Cuz that’s the most he getting paid,” Broner said. “He ain’t getting this type bread fighting on any given Sunday.”
Vargas’ reported purse for their main event Saturday night was $500,000. Broner reportedly made $1 million.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.