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Broner overweight, has two hours to make weight

By Jim Dower: WBA light welterweight champion Adrien Broner (31-2, 23 KOs) came in overweight during Thursday’s weigh-in for his fight against Ashley Theophane (39-6-1, 11 KOs) this Friday. Broner weighed in at 140.4lbs, and has two hours to take the weight off to get down to 140.

Theophane weighed in right at the light welterweight limit at 140. It’s not surprising that Broner weighed in heavy because he’s looked very big all week long. He wasn’t taking the weight off when he needed to, and now he’s forced to lose weight if he wants to keep his title. If Broner fails to make weight in the next two hours, then he’ll be stripped of his WBA title by the World Boxing Association. Theophane, 35, will have the chance to win the vacant WBA title, but not Broner.

Broner vs. Theophane will be televised on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike. The fight will be taking place at the DC Armory in Washington, DC.

Broner’s struggles to make weight is further proof to some boxing fans that he’s not a light welterweight at this point in his career. It might be in Broner’s best interest to move up to 147 for better or worse just so that he can fight in a division that is more suited towards his growing body. As big as Broner has been looking lately, it’s hard to believe that he used to fight in the super featherweight division. He’s been putting on more and more weight over the years, and it wouldn’t be surprising if Broner eventually winds up in the junior middleweight division in the future. Broner won’t be able to do much in that weight class due to his limited height, reach and hand speed. Broner initially had success when he moved up to welterweight, but he was exposed by Marcos Maidana in 2013 in losing by a 12 round decision. Broner then moved back down in weight to 140, but he was once against beaten when he fought Shawn Porter at a catch-weight in the welterweight division last June.

This is a real disaster for the 26-year-old Broner, because it makes him look irresponsible. It also takes away his WBA 140lb title, which is the only thing that validates him as a good fighter at this point in his career. Since 2013, Broner has only faced two good opponents, Marcos Maidana and Shawn Porter, and he lost to both of them. On top of that, Broner has outstanding warrants out on him from his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, stemming from an alleged incident from January 21 outside of a bowling alley in the city. Broner will need to deal with that problem once he finishes up with the Theophane fight. Without his WBA title, Broner is just another struggling former paper champion. The only thing that sets him apart from some of the other top fighters is his trash talking ability and with the way he seems to have modeled his career off of Mayweather.

Official Weights:

Adrien Broner 140.4 vs. Ashley Theophane 140
Robert Easter Jr 133 vs. Algenis Mendez 134.2
Gervonta Davis 131.2 vs. Guillermo Avila 130.6
J’Leon Love 169.8 vs. Michael Gbenga 169.6
Anthony Peterson 137.8 vs. Samuel Kotey Neequaye 138.6
Demond Nicholson 164 vs. Joshua Okine 160.4
Kareem Martin 147 vs. Somner Martin 147.2

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