Broner a Problem for Escobedo?

By: Brandon Stubbs

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Saturday night “The Problem” will show that he is the answer to being boxing’s next great star. Adrien “The Problem” Broner will step in the ring in his hometown of Cincinnati, OH to face his toughest competition yet to date with Vicente Escobedo. For Broner the flashy lifestyle outside of the ring has compared him to Floyd “Money” Mayweather, his style and winning way inside of the ring has many seeing him as being the next up in this generation of coming boxers. It doesn’t hurt that his has the hype machine behind him with Golden Boy Promotions, boxing manager of the stars Al Haymon and a TV deal with HBO. He was shown uncanny power at 130lb with 19 of 23 wins coming via the KO. His hand speed and footwork, has confused and frustrated his opponents in the ring to date. Primed to become professional fighter, he had over 300 amateur career fights. And having his dad brush his hair before and after his fights has him a trending topic when he fights on Twitter.

His opponent Vicente Escobedo is no slouch himself, a winner of four in a row. His notable loses in his career have came against top tier boxers in the lightweight division in Robert Guerrero and Michael Katsidis in title bouts. He’s a guy who has yet to be stopped in a fight and I’m not seeing that happening to him this weekend at all. The only advantage he will carry in to the bout is a 3” in reach. He can’t match speed with Broner or maybe even power as well. The thing he does have is toughness and a ton of heart, in the sport of boxing if you they those two thing then you have a chance.

The way I see this one playing out is going the full 12 round, which will be a first for Mr. Broner. “The Problem” will be just that for Escobedo, Broner will use his speed to dance around on the outside and pick apart Escobedo. This may not end in a snazzy KO fashion that we are use to seeing from Broner but it will be fights like this to see if he has the boxing character to be a true great in the sport. Escobedo will push him, but at the end of the day he doesn’t own the overall skill to get the W. Broner in workman like mode in the full 12 rounds and a world of options for him at 130lb and up.

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