Boxing fans have been treated to some great fights so far this year, and today they received news of another that is soon to come.
Showtime has announced that Adrien “The Problem” Broner will face off against Mikey Garcia on Saturday, July 29th. The fight will be contested at 140 pounds. Garcia will be going up in weight to challenge Broner.
Recently, the undefeated Garcia shocked the world with a vicious third round knockout of Dejan Zlaticanin, capturing the WBC lightweight title. Garcia, younger brother to former fighter and famed trainer Robert Garcia, sat out of competition for almost two years in a dispute with his former promoter, Top Rank. Now advised by Al Haymon and promoted by Premier Boxing Champions, the undefeated California pugilist is set to be the star that he was always meant to be.
Three-division world champion Mikey Garcia moves up in weight to 140 pounds to face four-division champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner in a blockbuster matchup between two of boxing’s biggest stars in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING – live Saturday, July 29 on SHOWTIME.
SHOWTIME Sports continues to deliver the most anticipated matchups, the most important events and the most thrilling fights in boxing, said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. We consistently feature top-rated champions and challengers. The best are fighting the best and the results have been spectacular. Adrien Broner vs. Mikey Garcia is a fight that fight fans have dreamed ofan undefeated, young star facing one of the best 140-pound fighters in the sport, both men in the prime of their respective careers. July 29 promises to be a memorable night in a year already full of memorable boxing events.
Per the press release:
In yet another significant main event matchup on SHOWTIME, these world-class fighters will meet at a critical time in their respective careers. A three-division world champion at the age of 23, and one of the youngest four-division world champions in boxing history, the flamboyant Broner remains one of the most accomplished and popular athletes and perhaps the most polarizing in the sport today. Among the top 140-pounders in the world, Broner is undefeated at or below 140 pounds with his only two losses coming against welterweight world champions Marcos Maidana and Shawn Porter. An experienced fighter at just 27 years old, Broner (33-2, 24 KOs) still believes he is the future of the sport and promises to prove it against Garcia on July 29.
Mikey Garcia, 29 years old and undefeated (36-0, 30 KOs), is a recently crowned lightweight champion on a self-appointed journey to become a household name in the sport of boxing. Garcia will move up in weight for the second time in just three fights to challenge Broner. Garcia represents a boxing family developing legendary status in the modern era of the sport. He is renowned for his sportsmanship and his commanding presence in the ring, honed by his brother and acclaimed trainer Robert Garcia. Mikey has held world titles at 126, 130 and 135 pounds, but has never fought north of 138.
Broner, of Cincinnati, Ohio, has achieved more in his young career than most fighters can hope for in a lifetime. After earning world titles at 130, 135 and 147 pounds, Broner won a belt in a fourth weight division 140 pounds in October 2015 when he defeated Khabib Allakhverdiev via 12th round stoppage to become the second youngest four-division champion in boxing history at 26 (behind Oscar De La Hoya, 24). As an amateur, Broner compiled a record of 300 wins, 19 losses under the guidance of his trainer Mike Stafford, who has remained in Broners corner throughout his entire career. Broner will turn 28 years old on July 28, the day before his bout with Garcia.
Once considered one of the top young pound-for-pound boxers in the world, Mikey Garcia, of Moreno Valley by way of Oxnard, Calif., returned to the ring after a two-and-half-year layoff in July 2016 without missing a beat. He scored a dominant fifth-round stoppage over former world champion Elio Rojas in his first fight back. Then, Garcia became a three-division champion by beating previously undefeated lightweight world champion Dejan Zlaticanin with a vicious third-round knockout last January. Garcia has stopped 19 of his last 21 opponents including Roman Rocky Martinez, Juan Manuel Lopez, Orlando Salido and Bernabe Concepcion.