Adrien Broner still doesn’t know who he will fight next month.
BoxingScene.com has learned, though, that the former four-division champion will fight February 20, not February 13, as originally planned. Premier Boxing Champions’ Al Haymon was still working Wednesday to secure Broner’s new opponent.
The Cincinnati native agreed to meet Mexico’s Pedro Campa (31-1-1, 21 KOs), but Campa contracted COVID-19 and was forced to withdraw from their junior welterweight fight. The 31-year-old Broner (33-4-1, 24 KOs, 1 NC) still will headline a “Showtime Championship Boxing” tripleheader February 20 in what will be his first fight in more than two years.
The Broner card likely will take place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. That’s the same venue from which Showtime will televise a tripleheader Saturday night that’ll feature WBO junior featherweight champ Angelo Leo (20-0, 9 KOs) in his first title defense against Stephen Fulton (18-0, 8 KOs), Leo’s mandatory challenger.
The three-bout broadcast Broner will headline also will include a heavyweight bout in which Sweden’s Otto Wallin (21-1, 14 KOs, 1 NC) will face American Dominic Breazeale (20-2, 18 KOs). Former IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. (22-1-1, 14 KOs), of Toledo, Ohio, will be featured in the opener of that telecast, likely against Ryan Martin (24-1, 14 KOs), of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger first reported Wednesday that Easter is expected to fight Martin.
By moving the Broner card to February 20, Showtime’s telecast will go head-to-head with an ESPN broadcast that’ll feature Mexican rivals Miguel Berchelt (38-1, 34 KOs) and Oscar Valdez (28-0, 22 KOs) in a 12-round fight for Berchelt’s WBC super featherweight title. The Berchelt-Valdez card will take place at an MGM property to be announced in Las Vegas.
Berchelt-Valdez is one of the most anticipated fights on the boxing calendar thus far in 2021, but Broner consistently draws strong viewership when he fights on Showtime.
The polarizing Broner lost a one-sided, 12-round unanimous decision to Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao in Broner’s last fight, which took place in January 2019 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Broner battled Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds, seven pounds higher than the maximum at which his next fight will be contested.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.