Cunningham Calls for Adrien Broner vs. Ryan Garcia: “Bigger Than a Fight, an Event!”

By Bob Smith - 01/22/2024 - Comments

Trainer Kevin Cunningham wants Ryan Garcia to fight former four-division world champion Adrien Broner next and sees that as a massive contest if it plays out.

Ryan needs a recognized opponent for his next fight, and the former four-division world champion Broner (35-4-1, 24 KOs) would be ideal.

The popular Ryan Garcia (24-1, 20 KOs) has been linked up to these names in the last two months alone:

– Jose Ramirez
– Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero
– Devin Haney

Ryan last fought in December, beating Oscar Duarte by an eighth round knockout. Although Ryan won, his performance showed that he still has a lot of work to go before he’s ready to face the top-echelon guys at 140. He still needs to put in more work before he’s ready for fighters like Haney, Ramirez, Teofimo Lopez, and a rematch with Gervonta Davis.

Broner: The Universally Recognized Wildcard

Coach Cunningham feels that a fight between his fighter Broner, who looks in great shape right now, is the big name that the popular Ryan Garcia needs right now.

With Broner’s drawing power and Ryan’s 11 million Instagram followers, a fight between them would attract much interest from boxing fans. For the 25-year-old Ryan, it would give him another notable name to add to his resume to continue growing in popularity.

Fighters like Devin Haney and Teofimo Lopez would try and use their titles at 140 to give Ryan a deal that he wouldn’t feel is worth taking right now, but that can change if he continues to increase his popularity fighting well-known fighters like Broner.

The Garcia Factor

“There are very few fighters in the sport that are universally recognized the 🌎 over. Adrien Broner and Ryan Garcia would be bigger than a fight. It would be an event! #drawingpower,” said trainer Kevin Cunningham on X.

The 34-year-old Broner has won his last two fights since losing to Manny Pacquiao in 2019. He’d be the first to admit that he hasn’t been busy enough with his career in the last six years, fighting just four times since 2018.

It’s a product of Broner making a lot of money in his career and not needing to stay busy like a lot of fighters. When you’re making millions like Broner has, there are a lot of things to do with that money that takes you away from the sport. In hindsight, Broner would likely want to do things differently.