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Adrien Broner-Mikey Garcia in Works for 7/29 at Barclays Center

By Keith Idec

If you’re looking for a fascinating fight sometime between the Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev rematch June 17 and the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin showdown September 16, you should circle July 29 on your boxing calendar.

BoxingScene.com has learned that a deal is nearly finalized for undefeated Mikey Garcia to fight Adrien Broner on July 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Garcia, the WBC lightweight champion, is expected to move up to at least 140 pounds to battle Broner, whose last fight was contested at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds.

Broner, a former four-division champion, was supposed to box Adrian Granados at a catch weight of 142 pounds February 18 in Broner’s hometown of Cincinnati. According to Granados, the weight limit was changed to 147 a few weeks before the fight to accommodate Broner.

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Showtime is expected to televise the Garcia-Broner bout.

In a Tweet posted Monday, Garcia wrote that he has begun training camp for a fight. He didn’t mention his opponent, but said that an announcement would be made soon.

Broner (33-2, 24 KOs) and Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) were expected to return to the ring this summer, but in separate bouts. In recent weeks, however, negotiations began to match them against one another.

The 29-year-old Garcia had hoped to participate in a lightweight title unification fight against WBA 135-pound champion Jorge Linares (42-3, 27 KOs) or WBO champion Terry Flanagan (33-0, 13 KOs). When neither of those matches materialized, Garcia was intrigued by the idea of boxing Broner.

The former featherweight and super featherweight champion has scored a pair of impressive knockouts since he ended a 30-month layoff last summer caused by a contractual battle against Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc., his former promoter.

The Oxnard, California, native knocked out Montenegro’s Dejan Zlaticanin (22-1, 15 KOs) in the third round to win the WBC lightweight title January 28 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In his first fight following his lengthy layoff, Garcia stopped Elio Rojas (24-3, 14 KOs) in the fifth round of a junior welterweight fight July 30 at Barclays Center.

The 27-year-old Broner, meanwhile, defeated Granados (18-5-2, 12 KOs) by split decision in his last fight, a 10-rounder that took place at Xavier University’s Cintas Center three months ago. The embattled Broner has encountered several issues away from boxing since defeating Granados, but those legal entanglements aren’t expected to prevent him from facing Garcia.

The Cincinnati native was sentenced Monday to serve three days at the Kenton County Detention Center in Covington, Kentucky, on a contempt charge. The charge stemmed from Broner’s failure to make multiple court appearances related to a disorderly conduct charge caused by a 2014 incident, to which he pleaded guilty Monday.

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 g27region on 06-04-2017

[QUOTE=EdWins;17733022]Oh boo hoo hoo, it wasn't Mikey's fault the fight wasn't made. Besides, Lomachenko is superior to Gamboa in every way seemingly possible, who gives a **** about Gamboa??[/QUOTE] Right now, nobody gives a **** about Gamboa. Back then, a…

Comment by EdWins on 06-04-2017

[QUOTE=g27region;17703427]It would be his biggest win at that period of time when Gamboa was still a good name and there was an opportunity to make this fight. Unlike you, I don't give a **** what "would" happen, the fact that…

Comment by Santa_ on 05-26-2017

[QUOTE=jinx_htx;17705997]Instead of giving us your guess/prediction that "the boricuas will be out in droves", [B]why won't you give us a source or a link that supports your assertion that Broner has a huge PR fanbase.[/B] Who told you that Broner…

Comment by jinx_htx on 05-26-2017

[QUOTE=Santa_;17705953]Not at all. You'll see the night of the fight. The boricuas will be out in droves supporting AB. Barclay's Center is going to be lit.[/QUOTE] Instead of giving us your guess/prediction that "the boricuas will be out in droves",…

Comment by Santa_ on 05-26-2017

[QUOTE=jinx_htx;17705945]Is this a joke?[/QUOTE] Not at all. You'll see the night of the fight. The boricuas will be out in droves supporting AB. Barclay's Center is going to be lit.

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