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Frank Warren says he's got a deal in place with Golden Boy to match his fighter Ricky Burns against Adrien Broner in early 2013, provided they both win their upcoming fights.
Promoter Frank Warren says that if Ricky Burns gets through his next fight on December 15, and Adrien Broner defeats Antonio DeMarco on November 17, he and Golden Boy Promotions have an agreement to stage a Broner vs Burns fight in early 2013:
Provided ‘Rickster’ prevails, I have an understanding with Golden Boy for him to lock horns with white hot US hope Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner in late February or early March.
By then, the trash talking 23 year old from Cincinnati – who comically orders his father to brush his hair before conducting his post-fight interviews – is widely expected to have relieved Mexico’s Antonio DeMarco of his WBC strap. They clash in Atlantic City on 17th November.
Broner, who is unbeaten in 24, can certainly fight and is being groomed for greatness. However, the Yanks tend to get a little ahead of themselves whenever a fresh native talent emerges and I’m more than happy for my man to meet, and beat, Broner in a title unifier on either side of the Atlantic.
Burns and Broner were supposed to meet in November 2011 in Cincinnati, when Burns held the WBO super featherweight title and Broner was mandatory challenger. It was a done deal, all set up, good to go on HBO, and then Burns pulled out and moved up to lightweight, where he won the WBO belt in that division.
Now, with Broner headed to lightweight and expected to beat Antonio DeMarco in his next fight (I know, I know, we all know DeMarco is a live dog at worst, but it is without question expected that Broner will win by the promoters and network people), there is already talk of Burns-Broner. This could also be a good way to get the WBO off Burns and Warren's backs, seeing as though they want him to face a mandatory challenger soon.
Of course, if Broner does win the WBC title against DeMarco, he couldn't be named a mandatory, but -- ah, screw it. If they both win, let's just hope the fight happens. It'd be as good a matchup as can be made in the weight class if they come through their next fights.