Some of the 8,172 fans booed the lack of action in round eight. Maybe Broner was tired of Theophane--or perhaps the boos hurt his feelings. Whatever it was, Broner connected with a hard right hand in round nine that caused Theophane to stumble. Broner went for the kill strafing Theophane with rights and lefts.
Referee Luis Pabon waved off the contest at 1:10 of the round as Theophane correctly complained about a low blow.
“The fight, it felt good. I always could be better, but did what I had to get the victory,“ said Broner in the ring minutes after the match ended.
Broner called out promoter Floyd Mayweather who was seated at ringside.
“Somebody that I looked up to, somebody that I admire, took the chance to do an interview and just talked all bad about me,” said Broner. “I don’t know how ya’ll look at that, but I don’t like it. I wasn’t gonna do this but I’m a man that burns shit from physical activity so me and Floyd, he’s gotta see me. I’m a man at the end of the day.
“And I come from the streets, the trenches man, from the bottom, from nothing. I’m talking about water and cornflakes. I come from nothing and I will never let a man disrespect me like that! So he’s gotta see me. I don’t care if we spar or if we fight. Let’s get it on!”
Mayweather laughed at Broner’s challenge.