By Sean Jones: Adrien Broner will now be facing little-known light welterweight Michael Williams next month on February 25th on BLK Prime PPV at the Gateway Center Arena in College Park, Georgia.
Williams, 23, has fought almost exclusively lesser opposition during his five-year pro career. He stepped it up once, losing to John Bauza by a fourth round knockout in December 2021.
Williams has since returned to the journeyman circuit, stopping Julio Buitrago (13-36, 3 KOs) in the third round last April. Those kinds of guys Williams can beat with no problems.
The tall 6’1″ Williams (20-1, 13 KOs) replaces 39-year-old Hank Lundy as Broner’s opponent for his first of three PPV fights on BLK Prime.
Lundy is currently suspended, according to Boxrec. He’d lost his last four fights since 2021, making it impossible for him to be used as the opponent for Broner (34-4-1, 24 KOs).
Initially, Broner was supposed to fight Ivan Redkach on February 25th, but he was pulled last week due to promotional issues. BLK Prime isn’t giving Broner any issues about him facing a weak opponent.
Broner looking ripped
Adrien has clearly lost a lot of weight, and if he can continue to show the same discipline he’s exhibited in this camp, there’s no reason why he can’t trim down to his old weight classes at 135 & 130.
The opportunities for Broner at lightweight would be endlesss, and his power will likely be as formidble as it used to be when he was knocking everybody out.
The 33-year-old Broner has done a bang-up job trimming down his huge pot belly that he started training camp with. His physique looks different from how it did when he started camp.
With that said, Broner still needs to finish trimming down his midsection because he’s not going to make the 140-lb limit for his fight, with Williams looking the way he is right now.
Of course, even if Broner misses weight by a huge margin, it won’t keep the fight against Williams from still going ahead because this isn’t a title fight.
It appears that they’ve given AB the green light to take a gimme for the first fight of his three-fight contract because he’s been out of the ring for two years and hasn’t legitimately won a fight since 2016.
Although Broner has won a couple of fights in the last seven years, those were controversial victories over Adrian Granados and Jovanie Santiago. If you saw those fights, you know that Broner didn’t come close to beating either guy.