Mikey Garcia will face Adrien Broner on July 29th
Published: June 01, 2017
In a surprising turn of events, it was announced earlier today by Showtime that WBC 135-pound champion Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) would be moving to 140-pounds to take on former four-division champion Adrien Broner (33-2, 24 KOs) on July 29th.
Garcia recently came back from a two-year hiatus from the sport of boxing last July when he faced Elio Rojas (24-3, 14 KOs). Garcia stopped Rojas in the fifth round. Afterward, Garcia met Dejan Zlaticanin (22-1, 15 KOs) for the WBC lightweight championship this past January. Garcia scored a brutal third round knockout to win the championship and looked every bit as good as he did before his hiatus.
It was thought that potential matchups with fellow lightweight champions such as Jorge Linares (42-3, 27 KOs), Terry Flanagan (33-0, 13 KOs), and Robert Easter Jr. (19-0, 14 KOs) would be next for Garcia. Even a showdown with current 130-pound champion Vasyl Lomachenko (8-1, 6 KOs) was rumored as a possibility to take place in the near future. It looks like these fights will now be taking a backseat as Garcia moves up in weight for the second time in three fights.
This will be a chance at redemption for Broner. He has had his battles outside of the ring the last few years causing him to have inconsistent performances inside the ring. The Cincinnati native last fought this past February against Adrian Granados (18-5-2, 12 KOs) in a close bout where he was given the split decision victory.
Weight has been an issue for Broner in his last two fights. The weight for his bout with Granados was changed several times to accommodate Broner, and in his fight with Ashley Theophane (40-7-1, 11 KOs) in 2016, he lost his WBA 140-pound championship when he failed to make the 140-pound weight limit at the weigh-in.
Regardless, this is an opportunity for Broner to defeat an elite fighter in Garcia proving that he belongs as one of the best in the sport. The motivation for Garcia may have been a financial one but the fights that will gain him more notoriety are at 140 and above.
Details on the venue and location of the fight have yet to be released. More information to follow soon.
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