With less than 24 hours before his title shot against Adrien Broner, Vicente Escobedo remains confident about his chances of becoming the new WBO super featherweight champion on July 21. Escobedo plans to follow in the footsteps of boxers like Josesito Lopez and Danny Garcia - who have pulled off impressive upsets in 2012, and he promises to give Broner a reality check.
"I feel much stronger at 130 [pounds]," Escobedo said during an interview with Boxingscene.com. "My power has carried down. I think I've finally found my home in his division. … He [Broner] feels like he's the man. He's on a high right now, and he thinks he's the next Floyd Mayweather, but he knows what I can do, and it's time to give him a reality check. He's a tough fighter, but I'm going to send him back to reality."
Both men weighed in on July 20, and the bout received an unexpected twist when Broner came in at 133.5 pounds - three and a half pounds above the divisional limit. Escobedo on the other hand came in at 130 pounds.
Given his inability to come in at the agreed weight, Broner has been stripped of the WBO super feather weight title, but Escobedo will still get to fight for the belt. Broner will also forfeit 20 percent of his $300,000 purse, with 10 percent going to the Ohio Athletic Commission, while Escobedo gets to pocket the rest.
Broner will still be the favorite going into the fight, but his inability to make weight does shift the odds in Escobedo's favor. For one, Broner has to weigh in at 140 pounds or less on Saturday morning, while Vicente is free to fully rehydrate.
Even though Broner is the technically superior fighter, it's hard to predict how much his weight cutting problems will affect him inside the ring. Fortunately for Broner, he's already demonstrated his devastating punching power in the past, and he should be able to finish Escobedo before fatigue starts to set in.
Ryan Maquiñana, "Vicente Escobedo: I'll Send Adrien Broner Back to Reality"
Fight and fighter information from BoxRec.com and Boxingscene.com
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