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.
“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.