Saturday night April 21, former Welterweight world champion Jessie Vargas (28-2, 10 KOs) takes on four-division world champion Adrien Broner (33-3, 24 KOs) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Jessie “The Pride of Las Vegas” Vargas vs. Adrien “The Problem” Broner headlines the Showtime tripleheader which will also include: Gervonta Davis (19-0, 18 KOs) facing Jesus Cuellar (28-2, 21 KOs) for the WBA 130-pound title and Jermall Charlo (26-0, 20 KOs) taking on Hugo Centeno (26-1, 14 KOs) for the interim WBC Middleweight belt.
After an eleven month hiatus Jessie Vargas returned under the Premier Boxing Champion lights with a convincing win over Aaron Herrera last December. The fight against Herrera was Vargas’ first fight under the direction of former three-division champ Mike McCallum.
In preparation for this this fight against Broner, Vargas has expressed how he feels he has the perfect team behind him to defeat “The Problem.”
Vargas hasn’t lacked confidence leading up to this fight, he has been very outspoken about how he feels he is going to beat Adrien Broner in great fashion. Vargas also believes that with this victory he will earn another title shot.
“Adrien Broner, he is a talented fighter and he comes to fight. I do as well, I’m a very action packed fighter and it’s a great match-up for the fans, it’s a great match-up for me, and I see myself coming out victorious,” said Vargas (per Bad Left Hook). “I just, I trained so well for it. I feel stronger than ever, faster than ever. A victory against Adrien Broner would just put me in a better position. It’s a big 2018 for me and I look forward to only continuing success. And after April 21st hopefully we get a title shot, which I’m real sure I’ll get a title shot after this.”
The notoriously outspoken Adrien Broner has been surprisingly quiet this training camp. The native Ohioan trained under Kevin Cunningham in Florida for this fight and everyone can expect to see a much more focused Broner Saturday night.
Broner has the reputation of not taking his fight camps as seriously as he should and not giving 100 percent effort but it seems as though this fight camp has been different.
“I would say he is focused on this fight. He knows what he is up against fighting me and I am glad he is focused. In the beginning I was a little afraid that he would get into trouble and I didn’t want the fight to get postponed but fortunately he is focused and he is training under a new trainer in Kevin Cunningham but that isn’t going to make any difference. I want the best Broner in front of me that way there won’t be any excuses,” said Vargas (per Boxing Scene).
Stylistically, we can expect an all-out war between Vargas and Broner–neither of these fighters leave a crowd disappointed. Adrien Broner will have advantages in speed and jazzy footwork but Vargas has superb technique and defense which will likely pose a problem for Broner.
Broner is coming off of a loss to Mikey Garcia and in all honesty is looking to prove he still has what it takes to compete at an elite level in boxing while Jessie Vargas is on the hunt for another title shot.
This is not a fight boxing fans want to miss–Vargas vs. Broner is happening at the right time with both fighters in their prime, more dedicated than ever. Tune into Showtime at 9:00 pm, EST/6:00 pm, PST Saturday night.