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Broner lives up to Mayweather comparison

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Adrien Broner now boasts a 24-0 record © PA Photos
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Adrien Broner was stripped of his WBO super-featherweight title on Friday when he weighed in more than three pounds overweight. But after his fifth-round TKO of Vicente Escobedo on Saturday night, Broner promised there would be many more title chances as he moves up to the 135lb class.

Broner has been tipped by Frank Warren to take on the mantle of Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao as the next big thing in boxing, and victory over Escobedo improved his unbeaten record to 24-0 - with 20 knockouts.

"I'm going out of my weight class, and I'll take on anyone," Broner said after his TKO of the top-ranked WBO contender at 2:32 of the fifth round.

"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."

Saturday's fight was billed as Broner's second WBO title defence, but he was stripped of his title on Friday after weighing in 3½lbs over the 130lb limit.

Broner weighed in again on Saturday, this time tipping the scales at 143½lbs, which Escobedo's camp said was over the newly agreed-upon 140lb limit. Both sides came to an agreement on Saturday afternoon to fight as scheduled.

Escobedo, who fell to 26-4, said he did not regret the decision to fight. "I had to keep to my decision," he said. "I came in on weight like a professional. And he didn't."

Broner, wearing trunks with his nickname "The Problem" stitched on the front, remained patient with Escobedo until the fifth when he finished off the California native.

"He definitely felt stronger," Escobedo said. "I felt his power. He's fast and hard to hit. He's too quick."

This article first appeared on ESPN.com

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