Adrien Broner will make his return to the ring on February 18, however underneath a brand new platform.
The self-described “Can Man” will face Ivan Redkach in Atlanta, Georgia, in his debut on the newly created BLK Prime platform, it was formally introduced Saturday afternoon. The announcement occurred on the CHI Well being Middle in Omaha, Nebraska, web site of Terence Crawford’s profitable protection of the WBO welterweight title towards David Avanesyan.
Over a month in the past, Broner signed a three-fight take care of BLK Prime. He was scheduled to struggle Omar Figueroa on August 20 in Hollywood, Florida, which might have headlined a three-fight Showtime Championship Boxing telecast, however withdrew from the struggle days prior, citing psychological well being points.
Broner (34-4-1, 24 knockouts), who resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, has not fought since February 20 of final 12 months, defeating Jovanie Santiago by unanimous choice. The win over Santiago occurred over two years after Broner misplaced by unanimous choice to Manny Pacquiao.
The 33-year-old gained a vacant world title belt at 130 kilos towards Vicente Rodriguez in November 2011 and now presently fights at 147 kilos. As soon as considered as certainly one of boxing’s stars-in-the-making, the polarizing Broner constructed his resume with wins over a number of well-known names of the early 2010s, together with Antonio DeMarco for a light-weight title and Paulie Malignaggi for a belt at welterweight, earlier than struggling a punishing defeat by the hands of Marcos Maidana in 2013. He would even be defeated by Shawn Porter and Mikey Garcia within the following three-and-a-half years.
Redkach (23-6-1, 18 KOs) can be coming off an extended layoff, having not fought since April 17 of final 12 months. He confronted Regis Prograis, dropping by technical choice, however the outcome was modified to a technical knockout loss after the Georgia Athletic and Leisure Fee dominated Redkach went down on a authorized punch from Prograis.
The loss to Prograis occurred in Atlanta.
The 36-year-old Redkach, who’s initially from Ukraine and now resides in Los Angeles, beforehand misplaced to Danny Garcia by unanimous choice in January 2020. The struggle included a weird second when Redkach bit Garcia on the shoulder.
Additionally on the February 18 card, former IBF world junior light-weight titleholder Tevin Farmer will face Mickey Bey in a 10-round bout. The struggle has been within the works for the final a number of months and has been postponed a handful of occasions.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has coated boxing in Southern California and overseas since 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He might be reached at [email protected]