Broner wins fight, loses title
Adrien Broner stopped Vincente Escobedo in the fifth round on Saturday night after losing his WBO junior lightweight title on the scales.
Broner, who was making his last defence before moving up to lightweight, dropped his title before the first round by coming in nearly 1.6 kg over the limit.
He promptly set about demolishing Escobedo until the referee stopped the bout at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati in Ohio 2 minutes 42 seconds into the fifth round.
The title is now vacant as Broner, still only 22 years old, gets ready to take on the leading lightweights. On his performance on Saturday night he is likely to challenge for one of the titles soon.
Broner, who is still undefeated after 24 professional fights, has won by knockout 20 times. Escobedo’s record now stands at 26-5, with 15 knockouts.
Broner won the vacant WBO belt in November last year when he knocked out Vincente Martin Rodriguez in the third round. In his first defence, in February this year, he stopped Eloy Perez in the fourth.
Escobedo, who is 30 years old and represented the United States at the 2004 Olympic Games, knocked out Lonnie Smith (14-2-2) in the first round in March this year to win the vacant WBO NABO super-featherweight title.
In Hollywood, Argenis Mendez from the Dominican Republic beat Martin Honorio on points over twelve rounds in a super-featherweight bout.
Mendez, rated No 2 by the IBF, improved his record to 20-2 with 10 knockouts. His Mexican opponent, who lost two points for hitting behind the head, dropped to 32-8-1; 16.
OTHER WEEKEND RESULTS
Cancun, Mexico: Pablo Cesar Cano won the WBA interim super-lightweight title when his bout against Johan Perez was stopped in the seventh round.
Cano was bleeding from a cut that resulted from a clash of heads when the bout ended. He was ahead 68-65 on two cards and even at 65-65 on the third at the time. Cano improved to 25-1-1; 19 and Perez now stands at 15-1-1; 12.
Lightweight, Jorge Romero (23-5; 20) stopped Rudy Lopez (25-6-2; 16) in the fourth round.
Manuel Perez won a ten-round junior welterweight bout against Jose Cotto by split decision – 96-94 and 96-94 against 96-95 for Cotto – to take his record to 18-7-1; 4. Cotto dropped to 33-4-1; 24.
Tijuana, Mexico: Bryan Vasquez, the WBA interim super-featherweight champion, stopped Jorge Lacierva in the ninth round to retain his belt and improved to 28-0; 14.
Lacierva, who dropped to 41-8-6; 27 was down for a count of eight before the referee stopped the fight when he was knocked down again.
Jorge Paez Jr (32-4-1; 19) won a rematch against Omar Chavez (28-2-1; 21) when each of the judges handed in a score of 96-94.
Ontario, California: Charles Huerta (17-3; 9) stopped Eduardo Arcos (18-8-1; 5) right at the end of the fifth round of their super-bantamweight bout.
Baja California, Mexico: Junior welterweight Antonio Lozada (27-1; 23) knocked out Carlos Urias (45-23-1; 34) in the first round.
Jhonny Navarrete (25-6-1; 12) stopped Joel Juarez (34-21-2; 29) in the fourth round of a welterweight bout and minimumweight Juan Hernandez moved to 20-2; 14 when he stopped Lorenzo Trejo (30-25-1; 17) in the third round.
Atlanta, Georgia: Mike Ruiz won his a super-welterweight bout against Paul Delgado by technical knockout in the ninth round to improve to 17-7; 9 and take over the WBF intercontinental title. Delgado now stands at 26-11-1; 4.