Is Adrien Broner destined to become a ‘Problem’ like Floyd Mayweather?

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Adrien Broner looked extremely good this weekend.

A day after being stripped of the WBO junior lightweight title for tipping the scales 3½ pounds over the 130-pound limit, “The Problem” Adrien Broner battered and bludgeoned formidable Mexican-American Vicente Escobedo to earn a fifth round technical knockout on Saturday night at the US Bank Arena in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Broner (24-0, 20 KOs), often compared to “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather due to dominating roughly 300 amateur pugilists, weighed 143½ pounds yesterday and confirmed his immediate intention to start scrapping at 135-pounds.

“I’m going out of my weight class, and I’ll take on anyone,” said Broner, 22, a cocky and flamboyant youngster who has been featured as a top ten prizefighter in multiple divisions by Ring Magazine. “Vicente is a world-class fighter. I can’t take anything away from him. But he didn’t hit me with anything significant. I make all my work easy.”

The 30-year-old Escobedo (25-5, 14 KOs), a top-ranked WBO contender whose corner wisely tossed in the towel at 2:32 of the fifth, remained classy in defeat and praised Broner.

“He definitely felt stronger,” Escobedo said. “I felt his power. He’s fast and hard to hit. He’s too quick.”

Granted, Broner is insufferably arrogant and sometimes difficult to support.

Nevertheless, “The Problem” is a legitimate force in the squared circle and fans of prizefighting had better get used to hearing the name Adrien Broner.

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