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Adrien Broner Demolishes Vincente Martin Rodriguez In Three Rounds To Win WBO Super Featherweight Title

''The Problem'' proves too much for outgunned Argentinian

Adrien Broner lived up to all of the pre-fight hype surrounding him by overwhelming Argentina's Vincente Martin Rodriguez in three rounds on Saturday night to win the WBO super featherweight title vacated by Scotland's Ricky Burns prior to his move up to the lightweight division.

Fighting in a style that brought back memories of Floyd Mayweather Jr when he competed at super featherweight (Mayweather held the WBC 130 lb crown from 1998 to 2001), Broner switched from cagey counterpuncher to all-out aggressor in the third round, overwhelming Rodriguez with a booming uppercut followed by a volley of head shots that force referee Frank Garza to jump in and stopped the action at 1:43 of round three, giving Broner the first world title of his career.

Fighting before thousands of his hometown fans at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati Ohio, the city that gave the world great fighters like 50's heavyweight champion and light heavyweight legend Ezzard Charles, and Aaron ''The Hawk'' Pryor, possibly the greatest junior welterweight of all time, Broner fought with all the confidence and self belief on an experienced world champion, not a 22-year-old with only three years experience in the pro ranks taking part in his very first world title fight.

Granted, Rodriguez (34-3-1, 19 KOs) was never going to give Broner the toughest of tests, but the 26-year-old Argentinian had never been stopped in his six-year, 37 five career. Rodriguez had stopped 19 of his 34 victims, and he went for broke in the second round, for a while achieving a level of success as he pinned Broner on the ropes and opened up with a salvo of punches. However, Broner was Mayweather-esque as he avoided any serious trouble from Rodriguez with the minimum of effort, using a tight defence and superb reflexes to stay out of harm's way.

The 5'7" Broner is a powerfully built super featherweight, and clearly has the punch and the skills to unify the division. The temptation will be to move him up to lightweight and beyond to capitalize on the many potential big name, big fight opportunities, but under the stewardship of Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions, Broner is sure to be brought along at the right pace and be allowed to develop as a fighter.


There is an abundance of talented fighters operating from featherweights to lightweights right now to keep Broner busy for the next couple of years. Former WBA featherweight champion Yuriokis Gamboa of Cuba is looking to move up to super featherweight, and although he may be a little dangerous for Broner at the moment, a Broner Gamboa matchup would be big box-office in the near future.

The 'Filipino Flash' Nonito Donaire will be competing in the featherweight division in 2012, and has ambitions of emulating his idol Manny Pacquiao and ascending all the way to welterweight. A Broner Donaire bout would be a certifiable blockbuster and not for the faint hearted.


Just above Broner in the lightweight class, Ricky Burns proved his metal with a comprehensive points win over hard-as-nails Aussie Michael Katsidis to put himself in pole position for a shot at WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez, should the legendary Mexican decide to box at 135 lbs again. Robert ''The Ghost'' Guerrero, a former IBF featherweight and super featherweight champion himself, is also now competing as a lightweight and may be the man to beat in the division.

Broner (22-0, 18 KOs) has displayed huge levels of self-confidence which border on arrogance during his fledgling career. If he is to fulfill his enormous potential, and take on and beat many of the outstanding fighters around him in the months and years to come, he must continue to learn and improve. If he does that, Broner will progress from a Floyd Mayweather wannabe to a genuine boxing superstar within the next 24 months.

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