Boxing delivered the goods to fans at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn with two exciting knockouts and a surprisingly entertaining main event.
After 12 rounds of an intensely fought war, there were no losers between Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas - and not just because the fight ended in a majority draw. Vargas started off the night as the aggressor, but Broner began to turn it on with each passing round.
Some huge combinations landed by Broner. Vargas' chin lives up to its reputation as Broner pummeled it in the last ten seconds. With AP Photos.Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas fought to a 12-round majority draw in a middleweight fight at the Barclays Center.
"I was connecting with right hands".
Vargas really looked to be feeling the pace. The result of a "draw" may not be what Broner had in mind, career wise, but in a sense it does provide him a much needed lifeline.
Of the 26 punches landed by Davis in Round 3, 14 of them were power shots.
In the third round Vargas used a jab to the mid-section of Broner. Then I settled in, found the inside, landed clean, hard body shots.
Both boxers appeared to take Round 7 off. Broner, who earned $1 million to Vargas' $500,000, came back with a combination as the crowd cheered the action.
Broner tried to increase his work rate in Round 6, but Vargas matched his output. There was a mouse under the left eye of Vargas.
The 28-year-old Broner indicated Vargas will push for an immediate rematch because he would make more for that fight than any other bout that's realistically available for him. I gave the fight fans in Brooklyn here a show.
Broner once again is playing conservative, with the exception of another accidental low blow which the referee did see with thirty seconds left in the round.
In the seventh round Vargas comes out with a solid jab. He was on his way to winning this round, but Vargas outworked Broner down the stretch to steal the round.
Vargas continues to control the momentum of the fight with his pure volume of punches. Broner had no answer for Vargas's offense. Vargas came back landing a big right to the head of Broner.
Vargas, 28, invested in the body early to build a big lead and went on to throw 332 more punches than Broner, yet connected on just nine more overall (203 to 194), according to CompuBox. Broner with hands to his side was trying to bait Vargas in.
Charlo only needed four minutes to finish off the night's work, dropping Centeno with a series of hooks to the head, capped by a flawless left hook to the temple. Just prior to the bell Broner ended it landing a flurry of punches. Broner landed a good right to the head of Vargas whose left eye is nearly closed. Broner left Stafford to train with the very respected and vastly experienced Kevin Cunningham in West Palm Beach, Florida. It was an excellent fight. The 12th round was crucial in determining the draw, which was scored 115-113 Broner and 114-114 twice. The two other judges - Eric Marlinski and Kevin Morgan - had it even (114-114). This writer had it 117-111 for Vargas.
"Two-time world champion! Bring on GGG, I don't wanna talk about it!"
Cuellar stood right in front of Davis, where he could put his speed to good use. The time of the stoppage was 55 seconds into the second round.
Jesus Cuellar vs. Gervonta Davis. "It was the second time fighting on his card so it got to my head and it showed". He dropped Cuellar, 31, for the final time to one knee with a left hook to the body, forcing referee Benjy Esteves Jr.to wave it off at 2:45.
Broner landed some big shots in the later rounds, but lacked the ability to finish Jessie Vargas.
Also on the main card, undefeated Jermall Charlo takes on Hugo Centeno, Jr. for the interim WBC 160-pound world title and Gervonta Davis and Jesus Cuellar square off for the vacant WBA 130-pound belt.
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