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Broner, 'the new Mayweather', misses weight

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Adrien Broner, tipped by Frank Warren as the next generation fighter after Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao, failed to make weight for this weekend's clash with Vicente Escobedo.

Broner did not come close to making the 130lb weight limit at the weigh-in for his super-featherweight title defence against mandatory challenger Vicente Escobedo on Saturday night, and has been stripped of the title.

While Escobedo was right on the division limit of 130lbs, Broner weighed 133½lbs after hours of working out in the gym on a treadmill and sitting in a sauna. Escobedo can still win the vacant title assuming the fight at the US Bank Arena in Broner's hometown of Cincinnati goes ahead as scheduled.

Rolando Arellano, Escobedo's manager, said he was negotiating the terms of a Saturday weight check to make sure Broner does not balloon in weight overnight, which would give him a significant size advantage against Escobedo.

"We're going to try set up a second weigh-in for Saturday," Arellano told ESPN.com. "We want him limited to 10lbs over the contract weight, so he could have a maximum of 140lbs. But if he comes in over that, then we want to start imposing fines.

"We want $10,000 a pound, but so far [the Broner camp] has not agreed. The ball's in their court. We're not considering pulling out, but Broner didn't live up to his agreement, so we are giving him the flexibility to modify the initial agreement.

"If he is unable to satisfy those terms and conditions we are asking for, that's on him. We came to his house, to his arena, to his show. We did everything we were supposed to do."

Arellano said the Ohio commission imposed a $60,000 fine on Broner - a percentage of his purse - for not making weight. He said half of the money would go to the commission, with the other $30,000 being added to Escobedo's $150,000 purse.

The 22-year-old Broner (23-0, 19 KOs) said before what was supposed to be his second title defence that Saturday's fight would be his final bout in the super-featherweight division before he moved up to the 135lb lightweight division.

But he did not say his reason for the move was because he was having trouble making 130lbs.

This article first appeared on ESPN.com

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