Adrien Broner stops Theophane in nine and calls out Floyd Mayweather
By Hector Franco
At the DC Armory in Washington D.C., former 140-pound champion Adrien Broner defeated contender Ashley Theophane. The bout was stopped at the 1:40 mark of the ninth round via TKO. The bout was competitive throughout in terms of the action inside the ring. Scoring wise Broner held the advantage in almost every round. While Theophane was able to land many body punches and overhand rights to the face of Broner, none of these punches seemed to hurt the young man from Cincinatti. Broner on the other hand was able to stun Theophane on numerous occasions. Broner unveiled his underrated bodywork against Theophane as he hurt him with a good right hand to the body in the second round. Broner landed sweeping right hand uppercuts all night on Theophane. Two stunned him in the 3rd and 4th rounds.
The finale came in the ninth round when Broner once again stunned Theophane with a right hand. Theophane backed up against the ropes where Broner got away with a bad low blow and right hand that forced the referee to stop the bout. There was some controversy as the bout was stopped as Theophane waived to the referee that Broner hit him with a low blow. It seemed that the referee took that as a sign that Theophane didn’t want to continue. Nonetheless, Broner was hurting Theophane with every punch he landed. The bout seemed to be headed towards a stoppage victory for Broner. Afterwards in the post fight interview with SpikeTv, Broner let out some of his frustrations.
“I could always do better,” Broner said in assessing how he did in the bout. “But I did what I had to do to get the victory. When people fight me they come with their best. He came with his A game, but it wasn’t enough tonight.”
Broner was then asked what was next for himself in the boxing game. Broner proceeded to put out a challenge to what now seems to be a former mentor of his. Broner called out Floyd Mayweather.
“Ya’ll know this somebody that I look up to,” Broner said. “Somebody that I admire took the chance to do an interview and talk bad about me. I don’t know how ya’ll look at it. I don’t like it. I’m a man that learns from physical activity. Floyd, he gotta see me. Point blank, period.”
Boxing fans have taken this promotion between Adrien Broner and Ashley Theophane as a possible set up to have Floyd Mayweather make a comeback against Adrien Broner. If Mayweather were to make a comeback against Broner it may be a disappointment to many fans. There will be some who will enjoy the build up to the bout. Broner has other legal matters to address before he steps in the ring again. It may be unlikely that we see a Mayweather-Broner fight this year. In fact, it’s possible that we may not see Broner back in the ring for the rest of 2016.
On the undercard of the SpikeTv telecast two up and coming fighters scored two impressive knockouts. First Gervonta Davis scored a brutal sixth round knockout over Guillermo Avila with a barrage of punches. This was Davis’s 15th professional victory and his 14th knockout.
Afterwards Robert Easter Jr., scored a spectacular one-punch knockout over Algenis Mendez. It had shades of the Wilfred Benitez knockout over Maurice Hope as Easter landed a beautiful right hand that slumped Mendez to the canvass. Needless to say both Davis and Easter showed that they are not only possibly future world champions in the sport, but also must see television.