Adrien Broner interested in Marquez or Burns for next fight
By Scott Gilfoid: After totally destroying the fight that most boxing experts considered to be the best fighter in the lightweight division last night in WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco, Adrien Broner gave a road map of where he’d like to go in his next fight in early next year saying he’d like to fight either Juan Manuel Marquez or Ricky Burns.
In an interview by RingTV, Broner said “Marquez can still make 135. Ricky Burns. He has a good following. We can make that fight in Vegas, but we’re not going over there.”
There it is. Broner wants Marquez if possible and if not then he’ll settle for Burns. However, that fight not be doable because I can’t see Burns coming over from the UK to fight Broner in the United States. I can’t see that happening at all, but if it does then that’ll be another title to add to Broner’s growing collection.
He’d then have the WBC and WBO strap and if he’s interested he can always pick up the IBF belt after the dust settles from the Miguel Vazquez vs. Mercito Gesta bout on December 8th. Personally, I’d like to see Broner not waste too much time fighting guys that won’t do much for him in terms of making him a bigger star.
Burns, Vazquez and Gesta aren’t fights that will make Broner a huge star. The Marquez fight obviously is if Broner can get it, but if he can’t then he really needs to think hard about moving up in weight to 140 to go after the top dogs at that weight.
Marquez has a fight on December 8th against Manny Pacquiao and that’s a toss up fight. If Marquez wins he’ll likely be facing Pacquiao for a 5th fight because he’ll push for a rematch. But if Marquez losses then there’s a possibility he might be interested in facing the talented Broner. That would be an exciting fight and boxing fans in the U.S would have a lot of interest in seeing that one.
Burns is supposed to be fighting on December 15th against a still to be determined opponent. He could really help himself if he faced a big name or at least someone that hardcore boxing fans have heard of. If they grab domestic level fighter then it won’t help him much because he’s already faced a lot little known competition and he really needs to start stepping it up.
Burns kind of reminds me a lot WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly in the kinds of opponents he’s faced during the years that he’d head the super featherweight and now lightweight titles. As the WBO light champion, Cleverly has been frustrating because he’s not fought the kinds of opposition that his boxing fans have wanted him to.
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