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On Saturday April 21st, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, former four division world champion Adrien Broner, who was 33-3 with 24 knockouts matched up against former two division world champion Jessie Vargas who was 28-2 with 10 knockouts. Each of these fighters were scheduled to fight other fighters for their first fight of 2018 but injuries and maybe fate brought these two to a perfect crossroads. This fight was fought at a 144 pound limit right below where Vargas fights at 147 pounds and right above Broner’s weight for his last match 140 pounds.
Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas both had promising starts to their careers but both have suffered losses lately that have removed them from the elite boxer table. The table that seats the likes of Vasyl Lomachencko, Mikey Garcia, Anthony Joshua and Gennady Golovkin, amongst few others. Whoever won this bout wouldn’t be at the table but would definitely be going in the right direction to get back to elite status.
The fight between Broner and Vargas ended in a majority draw as one judge scored it 115 – 113 for Broner and the other two scored the fight 114-114. I personally scored the fight 115-113 for Broner, I thought the accuracy and quality of Broner’s punches over the fight were better than the sheer volume that Vargas brought but I have no problem with the draw. The fight should not have been this close but in classic Broner fashion, he started off slowly and didn’t let his hands go despite his trainer begging him to do so.
What’s next for both fighters? They absolutely have to fight each other again as the first match-up was an excellent bout that gave the fans everything they wanted besides a winner. These fighters have to get past one another to get their name back in the elite conversation. This was a loaded card that had other marque names outside of Broner and Vargas.
If you are a boxing fan and you are not familiar with Jermall Charlo, you better get familiar. This young hungry middleweight is now 27-0 with 21 knockouts after making short work out of Hugo Centeno Jr who is now 26 -2 with 14 knockouts. Charlo knocked Centeno Jr smooth out in the second round with a nasty left hook that was very accurately placed inside his defenses. Charlo wants to fight the man in the middleweight division, Gennady Golovkin who is 37-0-1 with 33 knockouts. That would be quite the exciting match-up of two ultra powerful punchers for later this year. If that fight does not happen there are options for Charlo, he could go against Daniel Jacobs, another powerful puncher who can box. He could also fight against maybe the slickest boxer in the division, Billy Joe Saunders. Charlo could be the guy who fills the spot that Canelo “Saul” Alvarez left. Charlo is a star in the making.
Speaking of stars in the making, Gervonta Davis, definitely fits the category. Davis made easy work of Jesus Cuellar, knocking him out in the third round. Davis is now 20-0 with 19 knockouts, during this bout he showed his complete game by being aggressive while also countering at the right times and absolutely punishing the body of Cuellar. Davis is under Mayweather promotions and Floyd Mayweather has already talked a super match between Davis and Vasyl Lomachenko. Lomachenko is the top ranked boxer on most pound for pound lists. The ultra skilled Lomachenko may be too much for the young star Davis, who is only 23 years old. Davis is definitely a star attraction who should be on all boxer fans’ radars.