The welterweight showdown between Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas in Brooklyn was an exciting fight, but ended in disappointment for both fighters, when the judges ruled the bout a draw.
After 12 rounds at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, in front of nearly 14,000 fans, Judge Julie Lederman had Broner the winner with 115-113, but the two other judges — Eric Marlinski and Kevin Morgan — came back with 114-114 scorecards.
In the end, it was a majority draw.
After the fight, however, both fighters felt they should have been the winner.
“I beat him 7-5 [in rounds],” Broner said. “As you can see, I was letting my hands go more. I felt great. I ain’t got a scratch on me. He’s f*cked up.
“I want to thank Jessie Vargas. He’s a two-time world champion for a reason,” he added. “He came to fight, but at the end of the day, you all know I beat him. Point blank, period. I was connecting with right hands. I got warmed up in the early portion of the fight before taking over.”
Vargas saw things differently.
“I saw myself winning, but if the judges said it was a draw, you have to respect that,” he said. “I think it was a good fight. The fans seemed to like it. I hit the body, I worked inside. In the beginning I worked the distance. In the later rounds I let him come at me and was looking for the counterpunch.”
With the draw, questions about Broner’s future has been raised. He was undefeated until 2013 and has won world titles from junior lightweight to welterweight, but has lost decisions against his best opponents — including Mikey Garcia last year, Shawn Porter in 2015 and Marcos Maidana in 2013.
Former world titlist Vargas has lost twice in his career, both were two the biggest opponents — Manny Pacquiao in 2016 and Timothy Bradley in 2015.