Broner Fails to Make Weight

By Robert Ecksel on April 1, 2016
Broner Fails to Make Weight
Leonard Ellerbe, who tends toward the caustic, said, “All we can do is pray for Adrien.”

Despite the many distractions facing Broner, which include criminal charges, he appeared confident going into the bout…

Those who don’t take boxing seriously do so at their own risk.

At yesterday’s weigh-in for tonight’s fight at the DC Armory between Adrien “The Problem” Broner (31-2, 23 KOs), from Cincinnati, Ohio, and Ashley Theophane (39-6-1, 11 KOs) from Las Vegas by way of Paddington, London, United Kingdom, the Cincinnati Kid lost his WBA World super lightweight title on the scales.

Broner tipped the scales at 140.4 pounds, less than a pound over the 140-pound limit.

It’s not the first time Broner has been stripped of a title for failing to make weight. The same thing happened when he fought Vicente Escobedo in 2012.

Despite the many distractions facing Broner, which include criminal charges, he appeared confident going into the bout.

“I have tunnel vision,” he said at the final press conference. “It’s fight time. I’m locked-in until I get the job done.

“Right now I have to focus on this fight. I’m keeping my mind in the right state. I’m not just doing this for me. It’s for my family. It’s bigger than just me.”

Broner stormed out of the weigh-in after he failed to make weight. He didn’t talk to reporters. He didn’t talk to anyone.

Instead, Theophane did the talking.

“We going to get that win,” he said. “It has shown he’s stressed out. He looks stressed up there. He’s looked stressed all throughout press conferences.”

Broner’s spokesman refused to discuss the weigh-in. But Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, who tends toward the caustic, summed things up when he said:

“All we can do is pray for Adrien.”

(Adrien Broner vs. Ashley Theophane will be televised live tonight on Spike TV starting at 9 PM/ET.)

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  1. Arthur Forman 08:26pm, 04/02/2016

    tell me this isn’t an April Fools Day prank
    He’s not called The Problem” without reason

  2. Eric 07:47am, 04/01/2016

    When keepin’ it real goes wrong.

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