Vicente Escobedo says his fight with former WBO junior lightweight champion Adrien Broner has been called off because Broner failed to make an agreed weight of 140 pounds this morning.
But is it?
In a text to The Sacramento Bee this morning, Escobedo confirmed that the fight, which was to be televised by on HBO's "Boxing After Dark," was cancelled. However, Broner expects the fight to go on as scheduled and Golden Boy Promotions, promoters of both boxers, and Broner's publc relations manager say the fight has yet to be called off while negotiations continue.
Meanwhile, Escobedo continued to believe the fight is off. "I'm very disappointed," he told The Bee.
Broner (23-0, 19 knockouts) was stripped of his title Friday afternoon at the weigh-in in Cincinnati where the fight was scheduled to take place at the U.S. Bank Arena.
Broner weighed in 3 1/2 pounds above the 130-pound weight limit and refused to try to lose the weight in the allotted two hours he was given. Escobedo (26-3, 15 KOs) weighed in at 130 pounds.
Broner was supposed to weigh no more than 140 pounds at a special weigh-in this morning but he stepped on the scales at 143.
Reached by RingTV.com on Saturday, Broner said he expected to fight Escobedo tonight.
"I ain't talking about the fight," Broner told the website. "But I will see you tonight."
"I'm going to beat his (butt)," said Broner.
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