Broner may have to fight a light welterweight for October 6th just to get a decent opponent

By Boxing News - 08/13/2012 - Comments

Image: Broner may have to fight a light welterweight for October 6th just to get a decent opponentBy Scott Gilfoid: With all the top lightweights pretty much busy for his next fight in October, former WBO super featherweight champion Adrien Broner (24-0, 20 KO’s) may be forced to skip the lightweight division altogether for his next fight when he moves up in weight from super featherweight.

Broner, 23, was hoping to get fights against one of the top lightweights in Antonio DeMarco, Brandon Rios and Juan Manuel Marquez. However, few if any them will be available to fight in October and the ones that are available won’t fight him. The lightweight division is even worse than the super featherweight division in terms of well known opposition. There’s really nobody at that weight that is really worth fighting once you get past the top guys. HBO likely won’t be interested in showing another Broner mismatch like his last fight against Vicente Escobedo. Perhaps had HBO seen Escobedo fight guys like Michael Katsidis and Roberto Guerrero and lose, they would have likely said no to him as a suitable opponent for Broner.

If Broner is going to fight a lightweight this is really all he has to pick from for his next fight:

Miguel Vazquez
Sharif Bogere
Jorge Linares
Urbano Antillon
Darley Perez
Sergio Thompson
Gavin Rees
Carlos Molina
Mercito Gesta
Hank Lundy

Of those fighters, I imagine only one or two will be available to fight Broner, if any. That’s not even worth those guys because there’s no upside to beating them.

Here’s what Broner can get if he fights a light welterweight in October:

Amir Khan
Mike Alvarado
Ruslan Provodnikov
Joan Guzman
Lamont Peterson
Manuel Perez
Johan Perez
DeMarcus Corley
Jessie Vargas
Humberto Soto
Kendall Holt
Vernon Paris

What a difference, eh? Broner has a lot better choices for him if he skips the lightweight division entirely and goes after one of the top light welterweights instead.

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