Did We Really Learn Anything From Broner/Vargas?

Both guys disappointed with draw

Last night, in a contest where both Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas were hopefully looking to move forward with a victory they ended up with a Draw instead. In a fight that was a tale of two halves, we got an all to familiar scenario in which two fighters that needed a victory ended up not losing nor winning either.

Broner needed the victory to show everyone that he was finally serious about his career. He went as far as hiring a new trainer, Kevin Cunningham, prior to this fight. Cunningham is known for not taking any nonsense from his fighters.

Vargas was hoping a victory would help get him back into title position. It was his first fight with former world champion and Hall of Famer Mike McCallum as his trainer. It became apparent early that the man dubbed the “Body Snatcher” had some influence on Vargas, with him making a concerted effort to land shots to the body of Broner.

It’s hard to gauge what we should take from this fight. Broner seemed to still have an issue with not wanting to let his hands go throughout times in the fight. Cunningham spent a few one minute segments between rounds getting in Broner’s ear telling him to ‘let his hands go and stop waiting’.

However, Broner was generally still looking to land one punch at a time, although he did start throwing a little more in the second half of the fight. While Vargas had success early using his jab and body work he started slowing a little as the bout progressed. It made for some exciting moments at times as the crowd seemed to enjoy the contest.

A draw in a bout like this doesn’t necessarily hurt or help either fighter depending how you look at it.

While both guys were some what disappointed with the outcome they each did some good things in this fight and the logical next move would most definitely seem to be a rematch between the two. We’ll have to wait and see happens in the coming months.

By: Garrisson “Bo” Bland

Garrisson Bland - Head of Public Relations/Senior Journalist. Garrisson is the Head of Public relations for 3kingsboxing.com as well as a senior writer. He is also the host of YouTube boxing show "Truth And Facts Sports Talk."