Jason Litzau has rallied to bring his career back to the big stage. Can he upset Adrien Broner tonight? (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Tonight's HBO co-feature in the super featherweight division hasn't garnered a lot of attention, but features a couple of highly-ranked fighters in a semi-crossroads bout. Cincinnati's Adrien "The Problem" Broner (20-0, 16 KO) is coming off of a disputed points win over Daniel Ponce de Leon on the last Canelo Alvarez card on March 5, while Jason Litzau (28-2, 21 KO) hasn't fought since upsetting Celestino Caballero on November 27. It should be noted that both Ponce de Leon and Caballero had been fighting in the featherweight division.
Broner, 21, is a healthy but not overwhelming favorite according to the oddsmakers:
Litzau, at 5'10", will have a three-inch height advantage and most have pointed out that while he may not be Floyd Mayweather, he's a better boxer than Ponce de Leon, who gave Broner fits in March. And Ponce de Leon is also the only notable win on the sheet of Broner; Litzau has been in with the far better competition, even in losses, and at 27 is looking to finally make his mark over multiple fights.
As a side note, HBO's longtime ringside scorer Harold Lederman will work as the color analyst for this fight alongside Bob Papa tonight. HBO has a two-man booth this evening with Max Kellerman unavailable, and Roy Jones Jr has a conflict of interest here as his promotional company is Litzau's backing. So ol' Harold gets a chance to do some color commentary for the first time, something he's reportedly wanted to do for a long time. I wonder what the odds are on him starting every statement with, "OK, Bob," or, "Bob, I gotta tell ya."