Adrien Broner didn’t make weight for his super lightweight fight against Ashley Theophane on Friday night in D.C., checking in at just over the max weight of 140 pounds at the weigh-in on Thursday. A mere .4 over, in fact.
After clocking in above the threshold, Broner had two hours to shed the .4 pounds and make weight. He elected not to do so, saying he didn’t want to “abuse his body,” and chose not to return to the weigh-in.
In terms of the fight, that means Broner has to give up his belt without even getting in the ring, the second time he’s done that in his career. In 2012, he was stripped of his title before a fight with Vicente Escobedo after he weighed in at 133 pounds for a 130 pound bout.
But where Broner is really going to feel this is in his wallet. Instead of losing that final .4 pounds, Broner has agreed to pay Theophane $50,000 from his own purse to continue with the fight on Friday night. $50,000! Instead of losing less than half a pound!
Frankly, that means he either has too much money or zero creativity. We can’t believe he’d cough up 50 G’s rather than just make weight. There are so many ways to drop .4 pounds! Here is a non-exhaustive list of the things he could have done to make weight:
Weigh in naked! Go throw up! Get a haircut! Shave your beard! Sit in a sauna! Donate blood! Take a dump! Yank a tooth! Run in a sweatshirt for 15 minutes!
All in all, if you offered anyone $50K to lose .4 pounds, I bet they’d find a way to make it happen. Here’s hoping Broner puts a little more thought into his fight strategy than his weigh-in.
(via Larry Brown Sports)