Broner: I’m moving up to 140 after I beat Burns; I want the green belt [WBC]
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) reiterated earlier tonight that he wants to fight WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns next, and after he beats him, Broner then plans on moving up to the light welterweight division to target the WBC title currently held by WBC 140 lb. champion Danny Garcia.
Broner said to ESPN “I want to fight Ricky Burns then move up to light welterweight. Hopefully, he’ll win his fight [against Miguel Vazquez], then I can move straight up to light welterweight [after I beat Burns]. I’m moving for the green belt [World Boxing Council]. I should be ranked #2 [pound-for-pound] behind my big brother [Floyd Mayweather Jr]. I’m about billions, he’s about money.”
It’s unclear if Broner will bother facing Miguel Vazquez if he beats Burns next month on March 16th in their fight at the Wembley Arena in London, England. My guess is Broner won’t even bother wasting his time fighting Vazquez because it’ll be an ugly fight, and Broner only wants the important fights from here on out.
A fight against Burns will be big in the UK, which is why Broner wants to take the fight. There’s no other reason than that because American fans aren’t familiar with Burns.
It would be interesting to see how Broner would do against Danny Garcia or Lucas Matthysse, the WBC interim light welterweight champion. By the time Broner moves up to 140 this year, we might have a different WBC champion because Garcia has fights against Zab Judah, Lucas Matthysse and possibly Amir Khan if they can squeeze that fight in. Garcia will lucky if he can get past Matthysse because he’s pretty tough, and he can do a lot of the same things that Garcia can only better.
Broner finally realizes that in order for him to make the one billion dollars in the sport, he’s going to have to move up to 140 as soon as possible and face the top guys at that weight for him to become a big pay per view star. He’s not going to get the job done fighting obscure 135 pounders that nobody has ever heard of.
Broner has to defeat guys like Matthysse, Garcia, Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson at 140, and then move up to 147 to go after the top names in that weight class. That’s where Broner will make big money if he’s able to move into PPV bouts.