A long week for Adrien Broner came to a triumphant conclusion Friday, as he earned a ninth-round technical knockout victory over Ashley Theophane.
Earlier in the week, a warrant was issued for Broner’s arrest for felony assault and aggravated robbery stemming from a Jan. 21 incident in which he was accused of robbing a man outside of a bowling alley following some alleged high-stakes wagering.
Initially, it was unclear if Broner would be allowed to fight, though after agreeing to turn himself in following the bout, it was allowed to continue as scheduled. However, Broner failed to make the 140-pound weight limit on Thursday, weighing in at 140.4 pounds and was stripped of the WBA junior welterweight championship.
As a result, Broner was forced to pay Theophane, who made weight, $50,000 from his purse, and while Theophane was eligible to win the WBA junior welterweight title, Broner was not.
After his victory, Broner took the opportunity to call out former champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., who was at ringside as a promoter for Theophane.
“Somebody I look up to and somebody I admire talked all bad about me,” Broner said following the fight. “I don’t know how you all like it. I didn’t like it. I learn s—- from physical activity so me and Floyd, we got a feud.
“I’m a man at the end of the day and I come from the streets, from the bottom. I come from nothing and I will never let a man disrespect me. He got to come see me. We got to get it on.”
While a Broner/Mayweather fight would be intriguing, there are a lot of obstacles in the way. For one, Mayweather would have to come out of retirement to take the fight on, and for another, Broner’s current legal situation makes his immediate future and professional prospects rather murky.