Mon, 2016-03-21 11:26
I think Ashley Theophane will be very motivated to win this fight, I think he would love to make Floyd Mayweather (who is his role model) proud by defeating Adrien Broner, I think Theophane can cause Broner a lot of problems, but I don't think he can beat him, I think Broner is a class above, Broner is the kind of fighter who will love be hated in any fight, I think likes to win agonisingly narrowly in a lot of rounds, he loves to do just enough to win, he is never the kind of fighter who shuts guys out, but he is a tremendous fighter, I believe he still has a lot of the power he carried at lightweight, he is very fast on his feet, is a great lateral mover, and his hand speed is good along with the timing on his punches, these are all the attributes he has but often go unnoticed. I can see Theophane making this fight competitive, maybe even quite close, not so close it could go his way, but I think he can cause him problems. I can see Broner winning conclusively, and quite comfortably. I predict Adrien Broner to win a unanimous decision of 116-112, 116-112, and 117-111.
I don't think Theophane can follow in the footsteps of Marcos Maidana and Shawn Porter, but I do think he would be wise to learn from their victories over Broner and find the real thorn in his paw, I would like to see him win, but I can't see it happening.
Fri, 2016-04-01 20:20
Sat, 2016-04-02 06:05
I can't get the fight yet because it wasn't aired in the UK, what did you think of the stoppage?
Sat, 2016-04-02 21:01
Replays show that while Theophane was covering up, Broner landed a nasty left uppercut to the groin. When Theonphane stumbled away, he motioned to Pabon that he was hit low, but the ref mistook it for him looking for him to be rescued.
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Sun, 2016-04-10 11:02
What a great effort from Ashley Theophane, but what a performance from Adrien Broner, I'm not sure he's wise in calling out a retired Floyd Mayweather Jr, and you may not like him, but that guy is one hell of a showman. There are many things I could criticise Adrien Broner for based on this performance, for example, he's got some great skills, we've all seen that, but I wish he would use them for 3 minutes per round, I don't like those long periods of rounds he takes, lazy periods if you like, he seems to want to show everyone how comfortable he is, and how 'easy' he is finding winning the fight, rather than doing the best he possibly can, he still has a lot maturing to do. Something I found infuriating about the way Broner boxed was the lack of downstairs defence, he made Theophane so inaccurate with his upstairs attacks so often, I would even call his defence beautiful at times, but he never seems to attempt to cover up downstairs, granted, he is very durable, and very well conditioned to take so many decent body shots that can take steam out of you, and he wants everybody to know that, but body shots score points just the same as head shots, and if he doesn't find a rhythm of defending the body, then his corner should be concerned about him being hurt to the body when he faces a physically dangerous body puncher. I thought the lateral movement from Broner was great, and was a very useful tool for him throughout, one thing that stunned me was the hand speed of Broner, he is so much faster at 140 than at 147, and so much sharper for that matter. Ashley Theophane did himself proud, he took the fight to Broner from first bell to last, he had great success, he gave Broner a lot of work to do, and he was more than in the fight, I thought his defence against the jab was fantastic, and sow as his own jab, and I think his tactic of mixing it up from head to body or vise vurser was very effective. The stoppage was legitimate, it was not a bad call, I personally think it should have gone on for maybe 5 more seconds, but the referee did his job properly and he deserves respect for that, Theophane footwork was all over the place, his hands were hanging down, he was stumbling, and he was on survival instinct, he had been hurt a few times in the fight previously I noticed, never more than once in one round, but it became clear to Broner by round 4, that he had the power to make Theophane pay. As for the late, unnoticed (by the referee) foul, I noticed some of the earlier body shots from Theophane strayed a little low, I think Broner may have done that deliberately as if to say 'there's on for you', but that isn't really of any significance, seeing as Broner was likely to win with a clean win inside the scheduled distance.
I don't think a rematch will happen, I think Broner has got a lot of great opportunities ahead of him, I think he is comfortable at super lightweight, and I think he will stay there. I sympathise with Ashley Theophane, clearly, he had trained very hard for this fight, he was so confident of causing an upset, I'm convinced he tried his very best in that ring, but in the end, Adrien Broner was a class above.
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