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Broner-Escobedo final presser

By Clint Rosser
Photos: Pat Lovell – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

In the final press conference for the highly anticipated “Battle on the Banks”, Adrien “The Problem” Broner (23-0 19 KOs) looks to prove he is “Mr. HBO” but to do this he will need to beat Vicente “Chente” Escobedo (26-3, 15 KOs). In what seems to be Broner’s last fight at super featherweight, he is looking to make a statement on his way out of this weight class by defending his title on Saturday night. As usual the Broner camp does not lack confidence and Andrew Williams the co-promoter from R & R promotions showed how confident they are by describing Adrien Broner as the following, “He has the offense of a Sugar Ray Leonard, he has the defense of Pernell Whitaker, he has the Knockout power of Mike Tyson, the skill level of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the charisma of Roy Jones Jr.”

Adrien Broner was just as confident by stating “July 21 is just another day in the ring for me. I’ll come in laughing and dancing. I like to have fun with it. He’s coming to my hometown and I’m excited. I don’t know him and I don’t want to know him. I’m in the hurt business and I’m gonna handle Escobedo.”

Rolando Arellano was very short with his statement and showing that they are ready for any challenge Adrien Broner brings on Saturday. Arellano stated they are “locked and loaded, objective and target is in site and we are here to win.

Vicente Escobedo showed just as much confidence stating “All the work is done and I’m ready to fight. Come Saturday I’m not here to just put on a good fight but here to win the title and I’m going to take it home with me.”

In addition to the main event, co-feature bout Keith “One Time” Thurman (17-0, 16 KOs) and his opponent Orlando Lora (29-2-2, 19 KOs), this has the making of being a very entertaining bout as both Thurman and Lora have knockout power. Thurman stated that he is the next problem coming through in the welterweight division but he has to prove it with this fight. In addition Thurman stated that he was thankful for Lora taking the fight and that he feels Maidana pulled out maybe because “I have too much power for him!”

Also on the undercard:

Light Welterweight – 10 Rounds
Omar Figueroa (18-0, 15 KOs) vs. Dominic Salcido (18-3, 9 KOs)

Super Featherweight – 10 Rounds
Brandon Bennett (13-0, 7 KOs) vs. John Nater (9-1, 8 KOs)

Heavyweight – 6 Rounds
David Long (11-2-2, 7 KOs) vs. Quincey Palmer (3-1, 3 KOs)

Light Middleweight – 6 Rounds
Chris Pearson (3-0, 2 KOs) vs. Angel Hernandez

Welterweight – 6 Rounds
William Jackson (10-1-1, 5 KOs) vs. TBA

Super Featherweight – 6 Rounds
Mel Crossty (5-0-1, 1 KO) vs. Jose Liz Cepeda (5-2)

Featherweights – 4 Rounds
DeVonte Allen (4-0-1, 3 KOs) vs. Raeese Aleem (3-0, 2 KOs)

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