Broner Stops Theophane, Calls Out Mayweather
- Updated: April 1, 2016
Adrien Broner’s (32-2, 24 KOs) personal life may be on the rocks, but he still has little trouble with the likes of Ashley Theophane (39-7-11, 11 KOs), whose guts weren’t enough to overcome the bigger man in the main event of Spike’s Premier Boxing Champions telecast. Broner used his size for much of the fight to wear down Theophane and eventually force a 10th round stoppage in front of a capacity crowd of 8,172 at the DC Armory in Washington D.C. Despite Broner previously being the WBA junior welterweight champion, he was forced to relinquish the title after he failed to make the 140 lb limit.
Theophane, despite being the smaller man and lacking much of a punch, attempted to force the action early in the fight, but Broner’s obvious size was evident when he would throw and move Theophane with every punch. Broner’s defense wasn’t as on point as in previous occasions, as Theophane did manage to find a home for some lunging left hooks and combinations. Ultimately, though, Theophane wasn’t able to move the dial with that effort.
Sensing the fact the British import was unable to hurt him him, Theophane’s face was quickly marked up by the bigger Broner, whose offensive efforts increased as the fight progressed. Theophane proved game throughout, but the writing was on the wall as the fight entered the later rounds where Broner punished his opponent en route to a 10th round stoppage.
Following the fight, Broner called out Floyd Mayweather, who was ringside in support of Theophane. “I’m a man, but at the end of the day, somebody that I look up to, someone that I admire took the chance to do and interview and talk bad about me. I’m a man – Floyd has got to see me.
Easter Impresses Against Mendez
While Adrien Broner’s personal life may be facing issues, he may have a real fighter linked to him in the impressive Robert Easter (17-0, 14 KOs) who had a breakthrough performance in eviscerating former titlist Algenis Mendez (23-4-1, 12 KOs). With that performance, Easter established himself as one of the most promising young lightweights in the sport.
The fight opened with Easter using his superior size to control range and drill Mendez with 1-2 combinations. Mendez attempted to find his way inside, but Easter showed poise in handling this early aggression. Eventually, Mendez found his way inside by the second and third rounds and Easter, yet again, showed an impressive side to his game, as he mostly handled Mendez’s efforts. The only punch Mendez seemingly found a home for was a counter right, while Easter managed to land nearly everything being thrown at his opponent.
Easter’s dominance was punctuated in the fourth round when he stunned the former titlist with a left hook that had Mendez reeling. He managed to survive the round, but found himself victim to a brutal straight right hand from Easter which left him a crumpled mess… an early knockout of the year nominee. Mendez attempted to brave the count, but the bout was quickly called off. With that performance, Easter appears to have a very bright future and the PBC camp has another promising young star.
Davis Stops Avila
Super featherweight prospect Gervonta Davis (15-0, 14 KOs) impressed a mostly-partisan crowd, who cheered the fighter from nearby Baltimore as he decimated Guillermo Avila (15-6) en route to a sixth round TKO. Davis started the fight fairly caution circling Avila and peppering him with his faster shots and looking to counter when he got the chance. Avila not necessarily fazed by this offense began pressing the action and that would lead to Davis responding with a brutal series of hooks to the body to start the fourth round. Avila would retreat to a corner where Davis unloaded in an impressive display of action that nearly stopped the fight.
Avila did survive, but would never recover. Davis dominated the pace in the fifth round and dropped his opponent to close out that round. It all set up the final sixth round where Davis blitzed his overmatched opponent with straights that prompted a stoppage. Davis’ performance obviously impressed the local crowd and a possible return on future PBC televised cards appears likel