Broner Over, But Makes Weight Sans Drawers



Broner Over, But Makes Weight Sans Drawers

Adrien Broner gave the Friday weigh in that extra portion of drama, when he weighed 144.2 and had to step on the scale again, starkers, to make 144 for his Saturday scrap against Jessie Vargas at Barclays Center, and on Showtime.

Broner, who had jaws dropping when he went in on Mayweather Promotions’ Leonard Ellerbe at the Thursday presser, had people cracking up today when he said no towel coverage was needed. “I’m blessed,” he confessed.

Extra drama came and went when Broner and Jermell Charlo barked at each other as AB waited to weigh in. Broner trainer Kevin Cunningham said that was on the Charlos.

Here are quotes from the weigh in, which was stretched out to almost two hours, so camps wouldn’t inter mingle as much:

ADRIEN BRONER: “We had a helluva camp. It was the first time doing a full camp with Uncle Kev, which is what I call him. You know him as Coach Kevin Cunningham. It was very militant, but we got through it. It’s something that was always there [urgency]. You know, something had to be brought out of Adrien Broner and tomorrow night I will be victorious and I will put on a good show.”


JESSIE VARGAS: “All of the hard work is done. Now all I have to do is go out there and entertain my fans. I have a great team behind me that keeps me focused and helps me avoid any distractions or negativity.”


JERMALL CHARLO: “I was just frustrated at the moment [when the fight was postponed in March]. This time I’m having fun. Turn up Brooklyn!”


HUGO CENTENO JR.: “My last fight against Aleem gave me confidence and catapulted me back into the conversation of the best fighters in the division. My confidence is through the roof right now and I’m focused on the task at hand. I know the Charlo brothers like to play mind games but at the end of the day it’s me against Jermall.”


GERVONTA DAVIS: “I had a great camp and I’m focused. I’m a dangerous Tank. I’m ready. Moving my camp from Baltimore to Florida, there were no distractions. Just waking up boxing, and going to sleep boxing. I knew what I was going to do when I woke up in the morning. I’m ready.”


JESUS CUELLAR: “I feel very good. I had a great camp and I feel very sure of myself that I will become a world champion. We’ve done everything necessary in training camp to face Gervonta’s speed and power and I will show that on Saturday night.”

Founder/editor Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the then-impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist has covered the sport since for ESPN The Magazine,, Bad Left Hook and RING. His journalism career started with NY Newsday in 1999. Michael Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live, since 2017.