Published: Sun, April 22, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas Battle To A Draw - Broner Blasts Decision

Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas Battle To A Draw - Broner Blasts Decision

Welcome to Fightful's live coverage of Adrien Broner vs. Jessie Vargas live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The judges scored 115-113 for Broner (Julie Lederman), and 114-114 (Eric Marlinski), 114-114 (Kevin Morgan), leading to the majority draw. A few moments later, they exchanged angry words and opposite views of what transpired.

This match was originally scheduled to be Broner (33-3-1, one no-contest) taking on Omar Figueroa Jr.in a 140-pound WBC championship eliminator, but Figueroa withdrew from the fight on March 4 after suffering a shoulder injury during training, according to ESPN.com's Dan Rafael.

Vargas: We can do it again. He had switched trainers after his last loss - to Mikey Garcia at Barclays Center last July - and believed his new coach, Kevin Cunningham, would give him the no-nonsense preparation he needed to win Saturday night. "Of course, we'll run it back".

Broner had a huge round in the 9th and towards the end of the round unloaded on what looked like a very exhausted Vargas by that stage. Broner has Vargas on the ropes now and both boxers are landing significant power punches.

"Honestly, this is a very important fight for my career", Broner said.

Vargas (28-2-1, 10 KOs) worked off the jab and was incredibly effective with his body shots in just his second fight with trainer and former world champion Mike “The Body Snatcher” McCallum.

Vargas came out hot in the first half of the fight, but he did fade as the bout went on.

After he was done chirping at Vargas, Broner then turned his attention to Gray for the customary post-fight interview.

Vargas let his left jab go in the 10th, and it kept Broner away. Vargas starts to land some solid punches of his own and Broner continues to walk down and pressure Vargas. "I beat your (expletive) ..."

The two ended the ninth and 10th rounds by exchanging heavy punches, and they finished the fight swinging wildly at each other.

"I was connecting with my right hands", Broner said.


"I thought I won the fight".

So now, the question becomes where do Broner and Vargas go from here?

Whereas Broner was spamming a lead left hook, the latter periods saw him steal back the fight by masking right crosses from the orthodox stance.

Davis, who was seen as a rising star before failing to make weight for his fight on the Mayweather-McGregor undercard last August, had trained with Broner and Cunningham leading up to this fight. Along with loss to Garcia, Broner had dropped unanimous decision losses to Marcos Maidana on December 14, 2013, for the then-vacant World Boxing Association's International Super Lightweight Title, and a welterweight fight to Shawn Porter on June 20, 2015.

Broner said he's up for the rematch, but wants home field advantage in Cincinnati.

Even though Vargas entered the fight having won three out of his last five, and eight of his last 10 bouts, Broner noted the Las Vegas native had lost to Tim Bradley Jr and Manny Pacquiao.

The Broner-Vargas bout headlined the 14-fight card, which drew 13,964.

In the semi-main event, Jermall Charlo became the WBC interim middleweight champion by knocking out Hugo Centeno Jr (26-2-0) 55 seconds into the second round.

Following the win Charlo called out WBC's current middleweight champion, Gennady Golovkin. He has three losses most recently to Mikey Garcia but has never been knocked out in a fight, what makes him hard is his shoulder roll style and his sharp counter punching from the shell.

"Two time world champion, bring on GGG, I want to talk about it", said Charlo after he fight. I have the best manager in the world. Im 27-0 with 21 knockouts. "Everybody sees it. What more can I say?"

In the undercard fights, crowd favorite Gervonta "Tank" Davis got back on track in convincing fashion with a third-round knockout of Jesus Cuellar to claim the WBA super featherweight championship.

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