A potential catchweight fight between lightweight titleholder Mikey Garcia and welterweight Adrien Broner is in “preliminary talks,” according to a report at ESPN.com, which features Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza cautioning fans that the fight is nowhere near a done deal.
Garcia (36-0, 30 KO) and Broner (33-2, 24 KO) have been rumored to be meeting on July 29 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Here’s part of what Espinoza told ESPN:
"I like the fight a lot but there's a lot more that goes into a fight getting made than a network being interested in it. I've expressed interest and from there the managers and promoters take over. So I know it's a topic of some discussion, but it's definitely not made yet and there is no venue determined. But we've got two guys who both need fights and it would be great if they can fight each other. But there are a lot of issues -- what's the money, what is the weight? That has not been determined. There's a lot to be resolved."
This is potentially an interesting fight. Broner, 27, is a four-division champion and Garcia, 29, has picked up right where he left off as a dominant fighter following a two and a half year break between 2014 and 2016.
I wouldn’t get my hopes up for this one — like Espinoza says, there are a lot of potential roadblocks — but it could happen. If it does, and say it’s a reasonable catchweight where both are in shape and comfortable, who do you like?