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Broner poised to capture the WBO strap on Saturday with a win over Rodriguez

Adrien Broner Broner vs. Rodriguez Broner-RodriguezBy Jim Dower: 22-year-old Adrien Broner (21-0, 17 KO’s) is poised to win his first world title on Saturday night when he faces off with the tough Vicente Martin Rodriguez (34-2-1, 19 KO’s) for the vacant WBO super featherweight title at the U.S Bank Arena in Cincinnatti, Ohio.

It seems like Broner has been around for a million years, because he’s quickly become a fixture on HBO and his fights have all been exciting affairs. He destroyed top contender Jason Litzau by a 1st round TKO in his last fight last June. And before that he defeated Daniel Ponce De Leon. Broner was hoping to take on former World Boxing Organization super featherweight champion Ricky Burns, but he suddenly decided to vacate his title when he was the verge of fighting Broner. It’s no secret that few fighters want to face Broner and risk getting shut out or stopped. He’s too quick and reminds one of Floyd Mayweather Jr i na smaller form.


Some boxing fans are giving Rodriguez a good chance of beating Broner, because Rodriguez hasn’t lost a fight since his defeat at the hands of William Kickett three years ago in 2008. Rodriguez has been nearly perfect since then other than fighting to a 10 round draw against Claudio Rosendo Tapia in June 2009. But Broner is a lot better than those guys and it’s going to be tough on Rodriguez to find an answer to Broner’s hand speed, power and boxing ability. He’s got too many weapons going for him in this fight and it’s going to be nearly impossible for Rodriguez to win short of knocking Broner out. Broner has a good chin, as he proved in his win over the hard hitting De Leon. Rodriguez is slower and doesn’t hit as hard as De Leon, meaning that he’s going to have to try and wear Broner down with pressure if he wants to win this fight.

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