Saturday night’s fight between former welterweight titleholders Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas ended in atypical fashion with a draw. But things got truly strange when Broner offered some post-fight commentary.
Adrian broner really be speaking his mind 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/q7N0iccbTj— Godwill Avowlanou (@Gods_wills) April 22, 2018
“You know, I want to fight him where I’m from,” Broner said, when asked by Showtime’s Jim Gray if Broner would consider a rematch. “It’s hella Mexicans and shit in here. Everybody keep booing me and shit. They want rice and chicken. I want some motherfuckers that want some Coney’s around me.” The fight took place in Brooklyn, New York’s Barclays Center; Broner hails from Cincinnati, Ohio.
Cameras caught a flummoxed Gray seemingly unsure of what to do or say, after Broner offered what amounted to a Jimmy “The Greek” Synder impression.
As for the 12-round draw, judges Eric Marlinski and Kevin Morgan, both had scored the fight as a 114-114 draw. Judge Julie Lederman gave Broner a slight edge with a 115-113 score, but she was overruled.
Mixed reactions to Broner’s rant quickly hit Twitter.
Adrian Broner’s poat-draw meltdown is high comedy - it’s like Jamie Foxx is playing him in an SNL sketch.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) April 22, 2018
14k people!!!!— Glasses Malone (@gmalone) April 22, 2018
Let Broner be... LOL!! ENJOY IT! https://t.co/PzkECoOAT0
Adrian Broner needs media training. BAD— Turntable Whisperer (@DJScratch) April 22, 2018
Saturday wasn’t the first time Broner crossed the line in regards to such matters of racial sensitivity—or a lack thereof. In 2014, the World Boxing Council suspended Broner for similar post-fight remarks directed at Carlos Molina after beating him by unanimous decision.
“Anybody can get it,” Broner said, after defeating Molina in 2014. “Africans... I just beat the fuck out of a Mexican.”
Broner’s 2014 suspension was lifted after a public apology.