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Adrien Broner vs. Ashley Theophane planned for January 2016

Floyd Mayweather did not give a specific date for the fight, but plans to hold it in Atlanta.

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Adrien Broner isn't content to rest on his laurels after winning the WBA super lightweight title from Khabib Allakhverdiev. No, sir, he's out to challenge himself and prove he belongs among the elite.

Hang on; I'm receiving word that the preceding two sentences were sorely mistaken.

According to Floyd Mayweather, the long-percolating rumors are true: Broner will make his first title defense against Ashley Theophane in Atlanta this upcoming January.

No specific date or venue have been announced.

Theophane (39-6-1, 11 KO) is ranked 49th in the division by BoxRec and isn't in any of the major sanctioning bodies' top 15s. He's presently riding a six-fight winning streak since dropping a split decision to Pablo Cesar Cano in 2013, most recently beating Andre Berto's former get-well-soon opponent, Steve Upsher Chambers, on the undercard of Berto's fight with Mayweather.

Broner (31-2, 23 KO) earned his first stoppage in over two-and-a-half years when he knocked out Allakhverdiev in October, a title shot which he got despite coming off a one-sided loss to Shawn Porter.

Because boxing.

I've spent a few minutes trying to come up with something pithy to end the article with, but I'm at a loss. This is just dumb.

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