Boxing Returns to Washington, D.C. — Adrien Broner vs. Ashley Theophane

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Experienced by Adrian McQueen, Photos by Nabeel Ahmad, the PBC

The District of Columbia has always been a boxing enthusiast’s playground and recently began bringing in prize fighters to the region. The headlining bout for the latest event was Adrien “The Problem” Broner battling Ashley “The Treasure” Theophane on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC), which was televised on Spike TV. In addition, boxers such as Gervonta Davis, Robert Easter Jr, Argenis Mendez and Anthony Peterson kept the crowd highly entertained with the undercard fights. The energy inside the D.C. Armory was electric as a sold out crowd of 8,172 packed the venue.

Before the set and upon entry you could definitely tell that the Armory was the place to be. Floyd Mayweather and The Money Team (TMT) busses and vans made their presence known sitting amongst the spotlights. The mini car show featured Aston Martins, Bentleys, Corvette Stingrays, Teslas and few more exotics which peaked everyone’s excitement. Media check in was rather easy for myself, but the lines for general admission to enter were extremely long. The fight was completely sold out so no tickets were available at the door. With that being said, the process for entry will have to be investigated and overhauled to make for a quicker and smoother entry moving forward.

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This fight night was promoted by About Billions Promotions and Mayweather Promotions in association with HeadBangers Promotions. The electricity in the room matched the intensity in the boxing ring throughout the evening.

The main event involved Adrien Broner and Ashley Theophane. This fight already contained drama before the gloves even touched. Broner failed to make weight and lost his WBA junior welterweight belt. The title was vacated by the sanctioning body after Broner weighed in at 140.4 pounds, which is over the 140-pound limit. This is the second time that he has not made weight. In addition to the title loss Broner will have to forfeit an undisclosed amount of his purse to Theophane, believed to be roughly $50,000.

Now onto the fight. Adrien Broner is a brawler people! He controlled the majority of the match attacking Theophane and pinning him up against the ropes and in the corner. Theophane delivered his fair amount of shots and often sent a flurry of combos Broner’s way. A good number of which were blocked so they didn’t hurt Broner but had a negative effect by fatiguing Theophane. After a vicious attack of right hooks and left hand uppercuts from Broner in the 9th round, the ref called the fight to the disappointment of Theophane who pleaded his case by saying that he was still in it.

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D.C. native and lightweight Anthony Peterson won his bout with Samuel “Untouchable” Neequaye of Accra, Ghana after a 10-round unanimous decision. I loved the way Peterson controlled the fight with his jab, keeping Neequaye at a distance. The judges scored it 100-90, 97-93 and 96-94. Peterson felt the love from the home crowd as he was cheered in entirety for 10 rounds.

Both Gervonta Davis and Robert Easter Jr. hosted two entertaining fights with knockout wins. Gervonta landed left and right hooks to Guillermo Avila putting a stronghold on the contest. In the 6th round it was a flurry of damaging uppercuts delivered by Gervonta that led to a stoppage by the ref and issuing of the TKO win.

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Robert Easter Jr. had a wall-to-wall brawl with Argenis Mendez who both went toe-to-toe from start to finish. In the later rounds you could sense that fatigue was setting in for both but Easter had enough energy to land an overhand right that sent Mendez to the canvas for the TKO win in the 5th round. Well, that’s all she wrote folks.

There was plenty of star power in the building including Floyd Mayweather, Pusha T, Lesean McCoy, Steve Francis, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Designer Dej Loaf and Lil Durk to name a few. It was magnificent witnessing the future of boxing back in the city.