According to Michael Woods at The Sweet Science, the current leading candidate to face Adrien Broner on June 20 in Cincinnati is Rances Barthelemy, a super featherweight titleholder who recently tested the waters at a higher weight.
Barthelemy (22-0, 13 KO) is a 5'11" Cuban nicknamed "Kid Blast," a lanky fighter who has been pretty impressive in recent outings. But the jump from 130 to 140 is a tough one, and even though Barthelemy is tall and recently fought at a 138-pound catchweight in a TKO-2 win over Angino Perez, critics could point out the fact that he really has no real experience fighting over the 130-pound limit.
Broner (30-1, 22 KO) is a former super featherweight titleholder himself, as well as a beltholder at 135 and 147 pounds. He's settling in for now at 140, where he's won three straight over Carlos Molina, Emmanuel Taylor, and John Molina, all by decision.
His most recent fight against John Molina was the kickoff bout on the first PBC on NBC event, and Broner announced then that he had a tentative June 20 date set for his hometown of Cincinnati.
If this fight becomes official, what do you think of it? Does Barthelemy pose a threat to Broner?