Adrien "The Problem" Broner and Lucas "The Machine" Matthysse are looking likely to return to the ring on September 6, but before anyone gets their hopes up: no, not against one another. The two would be in separate bouts with a third televised fight -- possibly featuring WBC featherweight titleholder Jhonny Gonzalez -- rounding out the broadcast.
"We're still coming into shape," said Espinoza, when asked about the card being at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. "The venue has not been decided yet, and it has not been decided that it will be in San Antonio. ... Preliminarily, we're thinking that it could be Broner and Matthysse in separate fights. Gonzalez may be there, but we're not sure about the third fight."
Broner (28-1, 22 KO) is a former titlist at 130, 135, and 147 pounds, who moved down to 140 following a loss in December 2013 to Marcos Maidana. In his move to junior welterweight, he easily outclassed the grossly overmatched Carlos Molina on May 3.
Matthysse (35-3, 33 KO) went to war with John Molina on April 26 of this year, bouncing back in a Fight of the Year candidate after a loss last September to Danny Garcia.
Speaking of Garcia, it's the Danny Garcia-headlined August 9 bill on Showtime that might lead a boxing fan to worry that this will be another night of lousy fights on paper, but the good news is that the August 16 Showtime card features nice matchups (Brook-Porter, Bika-Dirrell II, Figueroa-Estrada), so it's tough to pin the August 9 matchups on the network or even the promoter, Golden Boy Promotions. Who knows why Garcia is fighting Salka? Who knows why we'll also get Lamont Peterson vs Edgar Santana that night? It's a weird show.
It is sort of hard to figure relevant opponents for Broner and Matthysse on September 6, though. In theory, Mauricio Herrera or Johan Perez could be ready by then, but it would be less than a two month remove from tomorrow night's fight on the Canelo-Lara undercard, so that's asking quite a bit. Who else is out there at 140? Humberto Soto? Karim Mayfield? Antonio DeMarco? Fidel Maldonado Jr? Hey, Michael Katsidis just came back with a glorified exhibition win over Graham Earl.
Maybe Hank Lundy will get the call he's been waiting for. Maybe Petr Petrov will step up after that Boxcino win. Is Jorge Linares ready to move up to 140, look great, then have his face ruined? (I'd watch Broner-Linares.)