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Mikey Garcia Favors Broner to Bounce Back, Defeat Figueroa

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Adrien Broner made it clear he wasn’t exactly thrilled to stand next to Mikey Garcia on a stage inside a Manhattan restaurant Wednesday.

The former four-division champion wants another shot at Garcia, who beat Broner convincingly in their 12-round, 140-pound fight July 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. A rematch seems unnecessary because Garcia clearly won a unanimous decision, but Garcia is confident Broner will bounce back to win his next fight.

Broner-Omar Figueroa was one of the nine telecasts Showtime promoted Wednesday as part of the network’s “2018 Boxing Upfront” event. Cincinnati’s Broner (33-3, 24 KOs, 1 NC) and Figueroa (27-0-1, 19 KOs), of Weslaco, Texas, are scheduled to meet in another 12-round, 140-pound main event April 21 at Barclays Center.

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“That’s a tough fight,” Garcia told BoxingScene.com. “My brother [trainer Robert Garcia] thinks Omar maybe beats Broner. I think Broner has the skills to really pull it out there. But you can’t count out Omar because he’s a pressure fighter like [Shawn] Porter, like [Marcos] Maidana, who put a lot of pressure on him and were successful against Adrien. So he definitely has the skills to do it and the ability to do it, but I still think Adrien Broner will win.”

Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs) also thinks Broner switching head trainers, from lifelong coach Mike Stafford to Kevin Cunningham, could be beneficial for the 28-year-old Broner.

“I thought he was in great shape for our fight,” Garcia said. “He might feel he needs a new trainer. Maybe he’s looking for something new. Sometimes a change is good. Maybe you need a new voice sometimes, someone else to push you or someone to get that extra out of you. He might’ve been too comfortable at his other camps, so a change might be good for him.”

Garcia, meanwhile, is preparing to try to become a four-division champion himself. The WBC lightweight champ from Oxnard, California, will challenge IBF junior welterweight champ Sergey Lipinets (13-0, 10 KOs) on March 10 at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by etech1 on 01-27-2018

Nice to see Broner taking on ANOTHER actual threat. Respect! All you fans of duckers, dodgers, and bytches should take note. This is what an ACTUAL FIGHTER does!

Comment by Shadoww702 on 01-27-2018

[QUOTE=AdonisCreed;18440286]Dude no kidding lol He might be working on a fourth lol[/QUOTE] He keeps fighting tough fights/fighters I'll continue to watch.

Comment by Shadoww702 on 01-27-2018

[QUOTE=Willy Wanker;18440036]Broner's third last chance.[/QUOTE] LOL! I saw some wanna be gangster wearing Aeropostale sht. Acting hard wearing women's clothing...

Comment by AdonisCreed on 01-27-2018

Broner needs to put on a show back to back losses will hurt him. I would like for him to win but I don't see it especially if Omar fights anything like he did against Robert the ghost. He better…

Comment by AdonisCreed on 01-27-2018

[QUOTE=Willy Wanker;18440036]Broner's third last chance.[/QUOTE] Dude no kidding lol He might be working on a fourth lol

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