Former three division world champion Adrien Broner (28-1, 22 KOs) is scheduled to return to the ring on September 6th against an opponent still to be determined at the U.S Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Broner lives in Cincinnati, so this will give him an opportunity to use his built in fan base to fill the arena.
It kind of makes sense for Broner’s fight to be staged in his home city, because he’s yet to prove that he can bring in a lot of fans in his fights elsewhere.
The possible opponents for Broner are John Molina and Zab Judah. It won’t be Andre Berto or Lucas Matthysse, both of which are fighting on the same date against opponents still to be determined. Berto and Matthysse possibly could wind up on the Broner undercard.
Broner, 24, was recently reinstated by the WBC after they voted to accept his apology for the comment he made about Mexicans following his win over Carlos Molina in his last fight in May of this year. Broner won the fight by a lopsided 10 round decision, but then got in trouble when interviewed after the fight by Showtime’s Jim Gray in which Broner went out of bounds with a comment that upset a lot of people.
Last December, Broner lost a 12 round unanimous decision to Marcos Maidana. Broner was knocked down twice in that fight, and was quite fortunate that he wasn’t knocked out in the fight. Broner took a lot of punishment in losing the fight. In defeat, Broner lost his WBA welterweight title. He moved down in weight in his last fight against Carlos Molina at 140.
That was not a good performance from Broner, who showed in that fight that he was no better at 140 than he was at 147.
Al Haymon, the adviser for Broner, will likely give him an easy opponent for September 6th to boost his confidence and to see where he’s at. But eventually Broner is going to need to be put in with someone of quality at 140 to see if he’s cut out for the light welterweight division. If he can’t fight at this weight then he’s going to need to move back down to 135 to fight at lightweight, if he can still make weight for that division.