Adrien Broner could be back on the hunt for a new opponent. has learned that a contractual conflict may leave Hank Lundy unable to challenge for the former four-division titlist. Lundy agreed to replace an unavailable Ivan Redkach, with the new fight confirmed to headline a February 25 BLK Prime Pay-Per-View event from Gateway Park Arena in the College Park section of Atlanta, Georgia. 

The announcement made earlier in the week by BLK Prime came as Philadelphia’s Lundy (31-12-1, 14KOs) was scheduled to face unbeaten Ernesto Mercado (8-0, 8KOs) on February 4 at LumColor’s Phoenix Theater in Ontario, California. The bout agreement in place is—for now—binding enough for the California State Athletic Commission to place the 39-year-old veteran gatekeeper under indefinite suspension, which could affect his ability to fight in any other state under the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) jurisdiction.

Lundy noted that he suffered a cut which forced him to withdraw from the event, but that the local promoter—Red Boxing International—had him placed under suspension. Needless to say, the boxer is understandably annoyed over the development.

"Please stay away from... Red Boxing International," Lundy tweeted overnight. "Promoter name is Rey Rodis, he’s dirty & a crook. [He has] several lawsuits against him."

As previously reported by, Redkach was removed from the fight earlier this week. The Ukrainian welterweight—who now lives and trains in California—took to social media to air out his grievances with promoter Joe DeGuardia, whom Redkach accused of blocking his chance to fight Broner (34-4-1, 24KOs).

On the promotional side, there is concern that a deal was reached between BLK Prime—whose representatives were not available for comment—and Redkach’s immediate team without DeGuardia’s involvement. Efforts to resolve that matter has led to a series of public outbursts by a clearly frustrated Redkach, who has not fought since an April 2021 sixth-round stoppage loss to Regis Prograis.

Activity has not been an issue for Lundy, who fought just six weeks ago. It was in a losing effort, dropping a ten-round decision to Shinard Bunch last December 9 in Newtown Township, Pennsylvania. The defeat was Lundy’s fourth in a row, though still carrying the reputation of at least a stiff challenge for young fighters on the rise and aging former champs on the rebound.

For now, his next hit is dependent upon his ability to overturn the California-sanctioned commission. 

"Sorry everyone, It’s all good the promoters for that February 4 fight you will be paying me the money you fucked up," Lundy vowed in response to news of his suspension.  "Had pulled out February 4 fight for cut. It would be good by February 25. "[Event promoter Red Boxing International] had me suspended. Have paperwork for doctors.

"Red Boxing International, coming for you."

Cincinnati’s Broner last fought in February 2021, when he claimed a twelve-round, unanimous decision win over Jovanie Santiago in Uncasville, Connecticut. That bout was his first since a loss to Manny Pacquiao in their January 2019 secondary welterweight title fight, which sold roughly 400,000 units atop a Showtime Pay-Per-View telecast.

The February 25 show will mark the first of a lucrative three-fight deal between Broner and BLK Prime, which was formally announced last October 25.

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for Twitter: @JakeNDaBox