In the TV opener of HBO's Boxing After Dark show from Guadalajara, Mexico, Adrien Broner took on, and took out Jason Litzau in a fight scheduled for ten or less.
Bob Papa worked the show with Harold Lederman, who subbed in for Max Kellerman, out awaiting the birth of his second child, and Roy Jones, who got off to a rough start when he described Canelo Alvarez as "spectatcicle," and then a Mexican version of Mike Tyson. Jones recused himself from the opener because he has a promotional interest in Litzau.
Broner (age 21; 20-0; from Ohio; No. 8 WBC) weighed 128 1/2 pounds, while Litzau (age 27; 28-2 with 21 KOs; from Minnesota; WBC No. 4) was 129 3/4 pounds.
Broner landed combos on the ropes late in the first, with a straight right, left hook and then a right uppercut hurting the Minnesotan badly. He crumpled, and the ref leaped in, seeing he was out. The official end came at 2:58.
This blowout does something to remove the stain on Broner's last outing, a boring win over Daniel Ponce de Leon in March. The rubout stops Litzau's streak, after having beaten Rocky Juarez in an upset and Celestino Caballero in a considerable upset.
What next for Broner? "The sky's the limit," he said, and didn't mention any target, but did wish a happy birthday to his son, who will turn four on Tuesday.
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