Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas Fight to a Draw in Brooklyn
April 21, 2018
Anthony Saldana (77 articles)
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Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas Fight to a Draw in Brooklyn

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

Saturday Night at a sold out Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Former four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-3-1, 24 KO’s) headlined an action packed night of fights as he battled former world champion Jessie Vargas (28-2-1, 10 KO’s) highly contested catchweight bout. Vargas boxed beautifully in the early rounds landing hard shots and heavy combinations at will as Broner came out sluggish, looking for the one punch knockout. Vargas continued to throw a barrage of punches and through the sixth Vargas was throwing an average of 78 punches a per round. Then in the seventh Broner began to let his hands go matching Vargas punch for punch as the second half of this great 12 round special attraction began to take shape and turn into an all out war. Then late in the ninth Broner had his best exchange of the night hurting Vargas and taking momentum into the championship rounds. Both Vargas and Broner continued to battle back and forth in an excellent fight in front of over 14,000 screaming fans, and after 12 solid rounds of action the judges returned with the scores of 115-113 Broner, 114-114 (twice) ruling the fight a draw. After the fight Vargas stated “ I believe it was good fight, but I can’t argue or dispute the judges scorecards.” Adrien Broner went on to say “I want to thank Jessie Vargas, he’s a to time world champion. But everyone knows I beat him, I got warmed up and I started putting hands on him, Point, Blank, Period”.

In the co-main event of the night the undefeated WBC mandatory middleweight contender Jermall Charlo (27-0, 21 KOs) got one step closer to super fight with unified middleweight champion, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin defeated the always tough Hugo Centeno Jr. (26-2, 14 KOs) in a 12 bout for the Interim WBC middleweight title. Charlo used much of the first round to feel out Centeno Jr., measuring his jab and controlling the distance. Then in the second during an exchange Charlo caught Centeno Jr. with a four punch combination that dropped Centeno Jr. as referee Steve Willis counted Centeno Jr. out at the 55 second mark of 2nd round. After the fight Charlo stated, “I want to give thanks to God and Al Haymon.  Me, my team and Ronnie Shields took care of business, now bring on GGG, or little G or whatever you want to call him bring him on.

To kick off the Showtime Boxing triple header, undefeated former world champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis (19-0, 18 KO’s) entered the ring against the heavy handed veteran Jesus Cuellar (28-2, 21 KO’s) for the WBA junior lightweight title. The electric crowd at the Barclays Center witnessed fireworks from the opening bell as the hand speed and power of Davis was on display early. Davis landed several big counters on Cuellar who tried his best to stand and exchange with his opponent but was hurt in the opening stanza. The second round  produced much same type of action, as the power of Davis again hurt Cuellar, this time dropping him for the fourth time in his career. Cuellar beat the count but looked defeated as he staggered back to his corner. In third Davis kept his foot on the gas pedal dropping Cuellar two more times finishing the show the devastating right hook. “It’s always bumps in the road to being successful, and how you bounce back and tonight I proved I’m a true world champion.

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