Adrien Broner (33-3) faces off against Jesse Vargas (28-2) tonight at Barclays Center tonight and is looking to bounce back from a tough loss to Mikey Garcia last summer which was also in Brooklyn. Vargas has shown potential to be a star in boxing as his only two losses came against Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao.
For Broner, this fight has everything on the line. Critics started to doubt if he could become a dominant world champion after the loss to Garcia. Prior to that, he had already won world championships in four different weight classes. Broner has also come out saying he is more focused than ever despite a few out-of-the-ring troubles.
Broner also took shots at Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe and Vargas at the final press conference two days ago calling them b**** ass n*ggas and asserted the claim that everyone who isn’t a part of his camp is against him, they want him to lose this fight, and never hear from him again.
Broner is still 33-3. He can bounce back. He can do so now by beating Vargas who has already displayed his dominance and has won a myriad of lightweight and welterweight titles in his young career. This fight is also huge for Vargas as it can take a huge step in his career.
The key for Broner now is staying focused. Vargas has clearly been winning in that category this week as he wasn’t faced by Broner’s trash talking. At this point in Broner’s career, getting into his opponents’ heads isn’t a need anymore. The priority now is to put the boxing world on notice once again and win another world championship. Defeating Vargas would put him in a prime position for that opportunity.
The biggest misconception that Broner has is that everyone is against him. This is not 100% true; boxing fans just want to see him utilize his potential that they saw from the beginning. What Broner has to do is earn a solid win over Vargas and then set up a rematch with either Shawn Porter or Mikey Garcia. Broner put on a show vs Porter but fell short so that is a fight that boxing fans should see later on this year or further down the line.
Broner’s fight against Vargas can be seen tonight on Showtime at 10 ET/7 PST.
Flip the pages to watch Broner addressing critics at Thursday’s press conference along with his fight preparations from yesterday’s weigh-in.