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  and Will Tomlinson  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 BoxingScene.com.
"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."