Four-division world champion Adrien Broner and two-division world champion Jessie Vargas fought to a highly entertaining 12-round majority draw Saturday night on SHOWTIME in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING in front of 13,964 fans at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
Judges Kevin Morgan and Eric Marlinski had it 114-114, which ruled the fight a draw.
For all of the blown chances and constant trouble that follows him outside the ring, Adrien Broner rarely fails to entertain inside of it. Saturday's welterweight main event in Brooklyn was no different.
Neither fighter loses anything following the even verdict and both proved they're still enticing names in the loaded welterweight division.
Broner, who entered Saturday having lost three of his past nine bouts, had talked a big game before the fight during his me-against-the-world press conference.
Kevin Cunningham wants Broner to let his "hands go", as "AB" continues to be conservative in his punching.
"I'm here to win and I plan on doing that", former two-weight world champion Vargas said. At the end of the day I can't argue because I was fighting on the inside of the ring so I don't know what you saw from the outside.
"I was connecting with right hands".
I thought I won the fight, Vargas said.
"I saw myself winning, but if the judges said it was a draw, you have to respect that", he said. "If he put his combinations together a little bit more I think he could have won that fight going away or stopped him". The fans seemed to like it.
Vargas trained out of the Mayweather boxing club in Las Vegas under the tutelage of Roger Mayweather since he was a young kid, but now he is working with the legendary bodysnatcher Mike McCallum for this fight. He has three losses most recently to Mikey Garcia but has never been knocked out in a fight, what makes him hard is his shoulder roll style and his sharp counter punching from the shell. Broner, who earned $1 million to Vargas' $500,000, came back with a combination as the crowd cheered the action.
Vargas starting where he left off, but Broner beginning to land some solid shots and get inside Vargas' head.
By the ninth round, Broner had swelling around his right eye and Vargas was marked up near his left eye. I felt great. As you can see, I'm clean as a whistle. It appeared like both men were taking the last round off. Broner walked forward, but neither man let their hands go. Bring on GGG. I want that fight. You see what you get.. After over a minute of the round Broner landed a combination to the head of Vargas. Broner's new trainer Kevin Cunningham urged Broner throughout to do more.
A piston jab from Vargas came to life in Round 2. Broner landed several accurate jabs, but Vargas countered with left hooks that caught Broner on the chin.
Vargas finished the 11th round with blood dripping down his chest, stemming from a cut on the left side of his face, but Broner couldn't keep the momentum on his side. Asked about the inevitable promotional and managerial difficulties, Charlo said, "They can figure it out". Vargas also outlanded Broner to the body, 54-38. When Vargas began getting reckless, Broner's superior handspeed was the difference as he landed concise and crisp power shots in between Vargas' attack.
Both men said they are interested in a rematch. "I'm focused and it showed because I'm a champ again".
On Saturdays telecast, it was announced that Errol Spence Jr. will make the second defense of his IBF Welterweight World Championship against undefeated mandatory challenger Carlos Ocampo June 16 on SHOWTIME in a homecoming fight in Dallas. "We can run it back", Vargas said.
Vargas came out hot in the first half of the fight, but he did fade as the bout went on. "We'll do it again, anytime". "I'm ready! I'm ready, man!"
"I would love to fight Vargas again, but let's go back to my town to do it. Let's do it", he said.