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Adrien Broner Tunes Up on 9/16, Will Face Ricky Burns After That

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Ricky Burns could be facing American contender Adrien Broner next. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Ricky Burns could be facing American contender Adrien Broner next. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
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Cincinnati's Adrien Broner will be back in the ring on September 16, with a card that could be part of a two-day televised boxing lead-in to the Mayweather vs Ortiz card on September 17, but after that, Richard Schaefer says Broner will be fighting WBO super featherweight titlist Ricky Burns of Scotland.

Mike Coppinger has this:

"I know that Adrien Broner is going to be fighting for the world title against Ricky Burns," said Schaefer. "I'm actually on my way over to England to sit down with Frank Warren to finalize the fight."

Dan Rafael recently had information on potential ESPN-televised shows on 9/15 and 9/16. Chris Arreola would main event on September 15 on ESPN Deportes, with Broner (21-0, 17 KO) headlining the following night, also on ESPN Deportes. The network will be celebrating Mexican Independence Day that weekend, and it's also a chance for last-minute Mayweather vs Ortiz hype, at least on the 9/16 show, which Golden Boy would be promoting.

Rafael says that ESPN doesn't like a fight between Broner and Dominic Salcido (18-3, 9 KO), and it's hard to blame them. That's a mismatch, as the 27-year-old Salcido is more or less a gatekeeper at 130/135, and Broner has wins over two ranked opponents this year. ESPN probably wouldn't be asking for a lot more from an opponent, but at least a little.

Burns (32-2, 9 KO) is coming off of a bit of a sham victory over Nicky Cook, a questionable fight in which Cook was clearly in no condition to be in the ring and went down quickly in the first round with a back condition, with bets taken on the fight halted early that morning. The BBBofC pretty much brushed any investigation possibilities aside and have gone on with their lives, perhaps comfortable with the idea that Cook won't be fighting again, as harsh as that sounds (and to be clear, I don't think Cook "took a dive" and never did, but the fight was not legit). He's been hoping to face Mzonke Fana, but Fana is doing nothing right now and wasn't likely to actually show up in the first place even if they signed him for a bout, so it's gutsy for him to look to young, talented Broner. Burns is a solid, crafty veteran, but I don't think he has near Broner's talent, and without much power to keep Broner at bay, he could be in for a long -- or short -- night if the fight happens.