El boxeador estadounidense Adrien Broner noqueó en tres rounds al argentino Vicente Rodríguez, para adjudicarse el título de peso superpluma de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), el sábado en Cincinnati, EE.UU.

Broner impuso su poder de puños al conectar una combinación de golpes y un gancho de zurda a la mandíbula del argentino para dejarlo fuera de combate a los 1:43 minutos del tercer round.

De esta manera, Broner dejó su registro en 22-0, con 18 fueras de combate, mientras que Rodríguez vio caer su marca a 34-3-1, con 18 nocáuts.



In a night filled with devastating knockouts, none was no more valuable than Adrien Broner’s as he won his first world title, the WBO junior lightweight championship, Saturday night at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH. Broner, who is now 20-0 with 18 KOs, drove WBO # 6 Martin Rodriguez (34-3-1, 18 KOs) between the ropes with a crushing left hook, with referee Frank Garza reaching the count of ten at 1:47 in the third round.

Broner maintained his composure throughout the contest against the constant pressure from Rodriguez. “The guy came out there fighting and I want to thank Martin for coming here tonight. I am going to keep going forward on those things that need work.”

The new champion spent the early moments of the bout trying to figure out the swarming Rodriguez, staying at a safe distance, while establishing his jab. Broner unloaded the quick 1-2 on a couple of occasions in the first round, but the pressure from his opponent kept him on the retreat, while rolling his left shoulder to defend against the wild, looping overhand right hands coming his way. The second round had Rodriguez continuing to force the action as he pressed Broner against the ropes, again trying to land one big right hand shot. It was in between those bursts though, that Broner showed a composure that was far more mature than the 22 year old champ’s age, now the second youngest in boxing. Broner effectively used the shoulder roll and a parrying left hand to keep a majority of the wild shots from causing him harm.

Broner attempted the right uppercut on many occasions during the contest and it was in the third that the high risk power shot began to find a home on Rodriguez’ chin. When asked by Fightnews if that was something he worked on in training camp or something that he saw as the bout started, Broner answered, “I don’t watch any tape on fighters I am facing. I see what is in front of me in the ring on fight night and then adjust my game plan from there.”

Rodriguez continued the constant pressure to start the third, but as the round progressed, the counter-shots that Broner was firing in return were landing more frequently. About midway through the round, Rodriguez bull-rushed Broner into a corner, throwing both hands with abandon. Broner calmly leaned against the turnbuckles, dodging some of the punches and deflecting others. Sometime during this flurry, Broner landed a punch that bloodied the Argentinian fighter’s nose and he backed away, breathing heavily from his mouth. The champion quickly turned the tables and forced his opponent into a corner, picking his shots carefully. An opportunity flashed before him and Broner landed a lightning-quick left hook. Rodriguez appeared to not see the punch coming and it caught him flush, dropping him between the third and fourth ropes, and he sat there in disbelief with referee Frank Garza counting over him. Garza reached ten and Broner first danced in celebration, then dropped to his knees as the enormity of the moment weighed upon him.



(From Left to Right) Pro-debuting middleweight prospect Chris Pearson, undefeated lightweight prospect DeVonte Allen, undefeated number one rated WBO junior lightweight contender Adrien Broner, undefeated featherweight prospect Brandon Bennett and undefeated junior welterweight William Jackson pose on November 22, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio at the final press conference for their November 26, 2011 fights when Pearson will face Steven Chadwick, Allen will face Salvador Perez, Broner will face number six rated WBO junior lightweight contender Martin Rodriguez for the vacant WBO Junior Lightweight World Title, Bennett will face an opponent to be determined and Jackson will face Juan Garcia at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati with Broner vs. Rodriguez being televised live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark. Photos by Mark Zerof/Hoganphotos.



SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- La Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) anuncia los oficiales que estarán trabajando este sábado, 26 de noviembre, en los combates titulares de Jorge “Travieso” Arce ante Angky Angkotta y Adrien Broner frente a Vicente Martín Rodríguez, que se llevarán a cabo en Sinaloa, México y Ohio, Estados Unidos, respectivamente.

El presidente de la OMB, Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel, informó que para  la pelea por el título vacante gallo de la OMB entre el mexicano Arce (58-6-2 y 45 nocauts) y el indonesio Angkotta (25-5 y 14 nocauts), el árbitro será el puertorriqueño José H. Rivera. Mientras, los jueces que trabajarán en este pleito entre Arce y Angkotta son el mexicano Alejandro López-Cid y los estadounidenses Adelayde Byrd y Joe García. El supervisor de la OMB para este encuentro es Rafael López Santos.

Arce, primer clasificado de la OMB en los gallos, busca hacer historia como el primer mexicano en ganar títulos mundiales en cinco distintas categorías. El pintoresco púgil fue monarca en las 108, 112, 115 y 122 libras, y ahora busca la correa de las 118 ante el sexto ranqueado Angkotta, a quien venció en enero de 2010 en una decisión técnica. La reyerta Arce-Angkotta se celebrará en la Plaza de Toros Rea en Mazatlán, Sinaloa, México, en una presentación de Promociones Zanfer. El cetro gallo lo dejó vacante el filipino Nonito Donaire.

Por otra parte, en el US Bank Arena de Cincinnati, Ohio, el estadounidense Broner (21-0 y 17 nocauts) y el argentino Rodríguez (34-2-1 y 19 nocauts) se verán las caras por el cinturón vacante junior ligero de la OMB, que dejó el británico Ricky Burns. Para este encuentro, el árbitro será el estadounidense Frank Garza.

Los jueces de la pelea Broner-Rodríguez serán los estadounidense Thomas Miller, David Iacobucci y Robert Hecko. El supervisor de la OMB para esta pelea es John Duggan Broner es el primero en el ranking de la OMB en las 130 libras, mientras que Rodríguez aparece sexto.

El combate entre Arce y Angkotta podrá ser visto por Fox Sports en Español y TV Azteca desde las 10:00 p.m. (Hora del Este), mientras que el de Broner formará parte de un programa trasmitido por la cadena HBO desde las 10:30 p.m. (Hora del Este).

(From Left to Right)  Undefeated featherweight prospect Brandon Bennett, undefeated featherweight prospect Mark Davis, pro-debuting middleweight prospect Chris Pearson, undefeated number one rated WBO junior lightweight contender Adrien Broner, undefeated junior welterweight William Jackson and heavyweight prospect David Long pose on November 21, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio during a media workout in preparation for their November 26, 2011 fights when Bennett and Davis will face opponents to be determined, Pearson will face Steven Chadwick, Broner will face number six rated WBO junior lightweight contender Martin Rodriguez for the vacant WBO Junior Lightweight World Title, Jackson will face Juan Garcia and Long will face undefeated  2008 U.S. Olympic Heavyweight Bronze Medalist Deontay Wilder at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati with Broner vs. Rodriguez being televised live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark. Photos by Pat Lovell/Hoganphotos



HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” will air the Nov. 26 WBO junior lightweight world title match between Cincinnati native Adrien “The Problem” Broner and and his new opponent, Argentina’s Vicente Rodriguez at U.S. Bank Arena. The fight had been announced Sept. 6 as  a mandatory match with WBO junior lightweight title-holder Ricky Burns of Scotland. Burns has relinquished the title to step up to the lightweight division.

Broner will promote his quest for the vacant title at a 2 p.m. Tuesday press conference at the arena.

The RingTV sitesays Burns is stepping up to the the lightweight division and facing Australian Michael Katsidis at Wembley Arena, London, on Nov. 5. The site says: “Dismissing talk he relinquished his WBO junior lightweight title last month to avoid facing unbeaten American Adrien Boner (21-0, 17 knockouts) — rather than over the issue of making the 130-pound limit — Burns (32-2, 9 KOs) insists that taking on Katsidis (28-4, 23 KOs), for the WBO interim lightweight belt, is a considerably stiffer proposition.”

Our Sept. 6 story said Broner, 22, was coming off consecutive HBO appearances in which he outpointed former champion Daniel Ponce de Leon in March, and scored a first-round knockout of Jason Litzau in June. The title fight will be Cincinnati’s first since Pryor beat Akio Kameda on a sixth-round technical knockout on July 4, 1982.


From the U.S. Bank Arena media release:

“Home for the Holidays: Broner vs. Rodriguez” is a 12-round bout for the vacant WBO Junior Lightweight World Title which will take place Saturday, November 26 at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The evening of boxing is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and R&R Promotions in association with Canelo Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate and AT&T.

The “HBO Boxing After Dark” telecast will air live at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Tickets, priced at $128, $78, $53 and $28, go on sale Tuesday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m. ET and may be purchased at the U.S. Bank Arena Box Office, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster