Washington DC-4/1/2016…..Man, what the hell is with spike TV and all those damn commercials? That was the hardest part of my job, staying awake through it all. There were several times I counted seven straight ads at a time, it was brutal. How did Mr. Weed Head, Anthony Tarver get back behind the mike?
Adrien Broner (31-2-23K) v. Ashley Theophane (39-6-1D-11K)
I was actually expecting a righteous blowout in this fight, but was pleasantly surprised at how it played out. We all know that Broner is a Ghetto rat and an anal cavity to the nth degree, but, he can fight. I didn’t know what to expect from feel the pain, oops, I mean Theophane but he did well with what he was working with. He doesn’t have big power but he managed to bother Broner on occasions, though Adrien played it off well. With all the crap he likes to have around himself, and a case pending, Broner was focused and did what he had to do. He was fast, accurate and punched with power. Yes, he’s a classless mongrel, but he put an ass whippin’ on Ashley last night.
Ashley, Floyd Mayweather’s fighter had his moments but whenever Broner decided enough was enough he really punished Ashley with hard body shots and right hands to the head. He would allow Ashley to come in winging shots to the body and head and would then flare up with vicious hooks and right hands. I’m no Broner fan (at least outside the ring) but he’s nobody’s plaything. It seemed like Theophane had a good plan, work Adrien and try and get to the late rounds, given Broner already forfeited his belt on the scales. If he’d shaved that nasty-ass James Hardy beard, he may have made weight.
Rounds 5-7 saw a more measured Broner, pacing himself and allowing Ashley to get some work done. Broner suffered some cuts over and under his right eye but wasn’t bothered by them. He came out blazing in the ninth round, hurling bombs in a fading Ashley’s direction and blasting away with hard right uppercuts, sending Ashley stumbling toward ropes. At one point while in retreat mode, Theophane raised his right hand, seemingly in a sign of surrender, causing the ref to jump in and halt matters. The talking heads questioned the stoppage, claiming Ashley was signaling he was hit with a low blow. I’ve never seen a guy signaling a low blow by raising his hand. After the fight, all the fun started. This little silly shit that Floyd and Adrien are always doing, degrading each other is girlish to me. They act like junior high school girls. “ He’s my big bro, it’s all in fun, that N ain’t shit, I don’t respect him as a man” were just a few of the quotes from Broner last week. He called Floyd a whole sack of N’s like that was Floyd’s middle name or something. The delusional one said, “what’s AB stand for , always broke”? Broner called Floyd out saying, “Floyd all that bro shit is out, you gotta’ see me, in the street, sparring a real fight, it don’t matter.
A lotta’ peope say if they fought, it would be a washout in Floyd’s favor. I disagree, because Floyd’s not in the “wash out” business. His fights are carbon copies, all 12 rounds, nobody gets hurt and the fans looking at their watches. But, I’d like to see it, the pre fight circus alone would be worth the price of admission. Floyd Sr. going after Broner’s dad, who’s as wide as he is tall. The Watsons trying to desperately stay in camera range. Floyd would win but it won’t be a lopsided deal.
Gervonta Davis (14-0-13k) v. Guillermo Avila (16-5-13k)
Earlier, 21 year old Mayweather protégé, Gervonta Davis, nicknamed ‘Tank’ bludgeoned the game but overmatched vet Avila. Davis a southpaw is a big hitter and mean as hell. What would make a damn 21 year old so nasty? He was a bit wild at times but he has a lotta’ talent He hit Avila with every puncj known to man as he battered him to a six round stoppage. I wanna’ see more of this guy. He punches very hard with both hands and seems to be quite the finisher. Davis opened up a deep cut on Avilla’s cheek with a vicious right uppercut and staggered him on multiple occasions. Avila tried to go ‘nuts up’ but it cost him dearly. A straight left dropped him in the fifth and the fateful sixth round saw the relentless Davis batter the now helpless Avila at will until the ref mercifully jumped in. I would imagine other trainers are telling their guys , ‘we’ll fight Tank only when we have to’. I can’t imagine what this kid’s gonna’ look like when he’s about 23-24 years old. He can drop that little gyrating in people’s faces when he drops them though, like he did last night.
I didn’t see much of the other youngster, Robert Easter Jr. (16-0-13k) from DC. He was described as a Tommy Hearns type by the talking heads. His opponent Algenis Mendez was 26-3-1D 11K)