Adrien Broner weighed more than three pounds over the divisional limit for Saturday’s super featherweight championship defense against Vincente Escobedo (10 p.m. ET, HBO) and will forfeit his title.
Broner came in at 133½ at Friday afternoon’s weigh-in, while Escobedo weighed 130 exactly for the WBO title fight at the U.S. Bank arena in Broner’s hometown of Cincinnati.
The 22-year-old Broner, boxing’s youngest American world champion, faces the surrender of a percentage of his purse in addition to the loss of his title, which he won with a third-round knockout of Vicente Martin Rodriguez in November.
Rolando Arellano, who manages Escobedo, told Ring magazine’s Lem Satterfield that he has preliminarily worked out a compromise with the state commission to hold a Saturday morning weigh-in at a 140-pound limit so the fight can still go ahead as scheduled.
“We’re trying to come up with a solution here so that he doesn’t gain an unfair advantage,” Arellano said. “Typically, the way that you resolve these issues is that you do a second-day weigh-in, and basically he has to come in within a certain amount of weight.”
While it appears Broner’s reign will end today, Escobedo could win the WBO title with an upset of the brash Cincinnatian (who is a 12-to-1 favorite) presuming the fight still happens.
– Bryan Armen Graham