RingTV.com is reporting that Adrien Broner will be back in the ring on October 6 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, with Seth Mitchell and Keith Thurman possible for the undercard.
Broner (24-0, 20 KO) did some hugely impressive TV numbers last weekend for what was frankly an awful card overall, but the bottom line is that we're either rapidly heading toward or have arrived at the point where Broner is going to be able to do whatever he wants, because the numbers don't lie, and the numbers are the top priority.
Just like Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Canelo Alvarez, who have been able to sell mediocre or merely passable fights on HBO to big viewing audiences, Broner can now be classed as a star. Whatever you think about him, and Lord knows I've said plenty, you just can't ignore a 3.4 rating on HBO.
The 22-year-old Cincinnati native will be making his official lightweight debut with the fight, probably. No opponent has been named. Hopefully it won't be Gary Sykes.
Mitchell (25-0-1, 19 KO) will face Johnathon Banks (28-1-1, 19 KO) in a heavyweight fight that was previously scheduled for July 14, but fell through when Mitchell suffered a hand injury. It's a good next step for "Mayhem," who has become a heavyweight of note due to his interesting back story, and his affiliations with Golden Boy and Al Haymon.
Richard Schaefer also wants to bring back welterweight Keith Thurman (19-0, 18 KO), who stopped Orlando Lora on the Broner-Escobedo show, drawing rave reviews from the HBO commentary team and solid reviews from the rest of the media and fans. Having seen him fight before, I was most drawn to his compelling, laid back personality, which HBO did a good job showcasing.
I would imagine the card will be on HBO, given Broner's big ratings draw this past weekend, but a lot of GBP fighters have made their way to Showtime, so until it's official, it's not official.