Broner-Vargas bout ends in majority draw
Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas could not be separated after their welterweight bout ended in a majority draw in Brooklyn.
Broner - a four-division champion - and Mexico's Vargas traded hard blows throughout Saturday's contest at Barclays Center as two judges scored the fight 114-114, while the third had it 115-113 in favour of the American.
Former welterweight titleholder Vargas (28-2-1) - who took the fight to Broner in the first half of the clash - was cut above his left eye in the 11th round, having suffered bruising below the same eye in the seventh.
And Broner (33-3-1) closed the ninth round with a flurry as he made it clear he was not happy with the decision.
"I beat him 7-5 [in rounds]," Broner said at ringside. "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****** up.
"I want to thank Jessie Vargas. He's a two-time world champion for a reason. 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 added: "I saw myself winning, but if the judges said it was a draw you have to respect that. 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 counter punch."
Elsewhere, middleweight contender Jermall Charlo (27-0) knocked out Hugo Centeno Jr (26-2) in the second round following a devastating three-punch combination.
And Charlo called out middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin afterwards, saying: "I'm a two-time world champion. Bring on Triple-G! I want that fight!"
Meanwhile, Gervonta Davis (20-0) claimed the WBA super featherweight title after stopping Jesus Cuellar (28-3) in three rounds.