In front of a rousing hometown crowd at the U.S. Bank Arena, Adrien "The Problem" Broner left the junior lightweight division by making a big statement. Never disappointing his fans, Broner busted and bloodied California's Vicente "Chente" Escobedo for five rounds en-route to a fifth round stoppage.
The fight started at a slow pace, but in the second round things heated up when Broner landed a series of punches on Escobedo buzzing him. From thenceforth, it didn't take long for Broner to figure out Escobedo. Using a steady attack to the body, Broner wore Escobedo down, bloodied his face, and finished things in the fifth overpowering Escobedo leading to his corner, having seen enough, stopping the fight.
After the fight Broner said, "I grew out of my weight class. I'm young and still growing. I'm going up now to lightweight and I'll take on anyone. Vicente is a world class fighter, I can't take anything away from him, but he never hit me with anything significant. I make all work look easy. I came in there and did what Broner does, I win. "
Renowned trainer of Broner, Mike Stafford, said to the media after the fight: "You have to understand Adrien. He doesn't train like other fighters because he spars with fighters that are much, much bigger than him because he goes through so many. He spars with guys that are around 155 or even 160. You just don't notice that he is not moving down because everyone he is around is so much bigger."
For his part, Escobedo stated, "He definitely felt stronger. I felt his power. He's fast and hard to hit. I was trying to work the body. But he was too quick."
Escobedo's manager Rolando Arellano spoke for him at the post-fight press conference saying, "He's an amazing young man. He's going to be the future of boxing. He was fast, he was strong. Adrien deserves a great victory and I would suggest that everyone keep a good eye on him."
In the aftermath of the fight, promoter Richard Schaefer had high praises for the Cincinnati champion. Stating that Broner is a new superstar in the sport, Schaefer cited last Saturday's TV ratings as proof. Speaking to Lem Satterfield of RingTV.com Schaefer said, "The fight this weekend with Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman, the Boxing After Dark, produced an outstanding rating of 2.9. That's one of the highest ratings for Boxing After Dark, and it's a rating that is consistent with the ratings that HBO has for World Championship Boxing."
"We are not afraid to put him in with anybody. Based on what HBO paid for the event, and the rating that it generated, it is probably the highest-rated HBO boxing event from a cost point of view and a ratings point of view in the last five or six years."
The main event portion of the broadcast generated a rating of 3.4, which is higher than the previous weeks Amir Khan vs. Danny Garcia broadcast and the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley HBO tape-delay re-broadcast.
Broner has quickly grown to be a known commodity in the sport. He now plans to move up to the 135-pound division and continue to capture more world titles.