Schaefer, Warren To Sort Out Burns-Broner Fight Issue

By Rick Reeno

Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is already pondering alternative scenarios for undefeated super featherweight contender Adrien Broner (21-0, 17KOs). The Cincinnati native was scheduled to take part in a homecoming showdown against WBO champion Ricky Burns (39-2, 9KOs) on November 26th - but the champion's manager, Alex Morrison, is advising his boxer to turn the fight down. Morrison disclosed that his fighter is struggling to make the division limit of 130-pounds.

"Nothing is signed or sealed [to face Broner] but I am advising him against the fight. Ricky is on the verge of taking my advice and saying no. I would like him to relinquish the [super featherweight] belt and move up to win a second world title," Morrison said.

Schaefer is waiting to confirm the situation with Burns' promoter Frank Warren. If Burns vacates the title, then Broner, the WBO's mandatory, would face another ranked fighter for the vacant title. According to Schaefer, the next ranked fighter in line is another Golden Boy promoted boxer, Eloy Perez (22-0, 6KOs).

If Perez takes a pass, then Broner would face the highest ranked available contender. Perez is positioned at number four, per the WBO's August rankings, with Luis Cruz [2] and Will Tomlinson [3] ranked above him.

"I'm waiting for a call from Frank Warren. This morning I spoke with his matchmaker, Dean Powell, and Frank was at a soccer game. He said he would call me back. They are going to meet with Ricky tomorrow, but based on what I've read - the fight is not a possibility and Burns is going to give up the title, and the next available [contender] would be Eloy Perez. And then Broner and Eloy Perez might be fighting for the vacant title," Schaefer told

"Adrien Broner is prepared to fight whoever there is. If it's Burns, then he'll fight Burns. But if it's Eloy Perez, then he'll fight Eloy Perez."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by tonyjones on 09-07-2011

I smell *****,he really is goin to look bad if turns down the fight...

Comment by PD21 on 09-07-2011

Disappointing! I thought Burns was ready for the step up but looks like he is having second thoughts. It took Calzaghe and Hatton a few years to get their courage up before they were willing to risk it fighting abroad…

Comment by Ringlife on 09-07-2011

I don't want to see Broner fight this Perez guy. I would much rather see Broner fight Luis Cruz but I doubt Bob and Cotto let that fight happen. Who knows they were going to let Cruz fight Rocky Martinez…

Comment by Trapped Bird on 09-07-2011

[QUOTE=LegendOfLink;11095386]Where did all the Burns fans go? Burns wants to stay in the UK fighting soft opposition.[/QUOTE] You're basically talking about 95% of British fighters.

Comment by uoykcuf on 09-07-2011

Where did all the Burns fans go? Burns wants to stay in the UK fighting soft opposition.

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