Adrien Broner has admitted he now wants to fight Floyd Mayweather after stopping Ashley Theophane in Washington on Friday night.
The American recorded a ninth-round technical knockout victory as he showed his class against his British opponent.
Broner was heavily criticised in the build up to the fight after failing to make weight during Thursday’s weigh-in. He came in 0.4 pounds over the 140-pound limit but then refused to get weighed again and the WBA stripped him of his super-lightweight title.
The 26-year-old’s fight was in doubt just days ago amid reports of warrants for his arrest on felony assault and robbery chargers in Ohio.
However, he showed no signs of any distractions as he comfortably beat his rival at the DC Armory Arena. He nearly stopped Theophane on two occasions but the 35-year-old veteran eventually crumbled in the ninth after a vicious combination.
Ahead of the fight, Mayweather had criticised Broner in the press and the Cincinnati-born star is adamant that he now needs to fight him.
Mayweather retired in September 2015 but Broner is determined to prove he is the better man.
“As you know, I’ve been going through a lot and for me to come in here and bottle everything up and do what I did, I want to give myself a pat on the back,” he said.
“Somebody that I look up to, someone that I admire took the chance to do an interview and talk bad about me. I’m a man. Floyd has got to see me.”