Adrien Broner will look to bounce back from his loss last year to Mikey Garcia when he faces rugged brawler Omar Figueroa on April 21 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, live on Showtime.
Broner (33-3, 24 KO) has had an up-and-down run since suffering his first loss to Marcos Maidana in December 2013, but remains one of the most reliable drawing cards in the sport, and he’s someone who doesn’t avoid challenges.
The 28-year-old Broner fought twice in 2017, narrowly defeating Adrian Granados by decision before losing clearly to Garcia in the summer. He’s 6-3 in his last nine fights.
Figueroa (27-0-1, 19 KO) is a former lightweight titleholder whose schedule has been a bit erratic, but he’s known for action every time he fights. The 28-year-old from Weslaco, Texas, didn’t fight at all in 2016, before beating down a valiant but aged Robert Guerrero last July, stopping the former multiple division titleholder in three rounds, and, for now at least, retiring “The Ghost” from in-ring competition.
Broner-Figueroa will be a WBC eliminator at 140 pounds, a weight Figueroa hasn’t made since 2014, which is something else to keep an eye on here.
Also on the April 21 card, Gervonta Davis (19-0, 18 KO) will return to action. The 23-year-old Davis hasn’t fought since August, when he knocked out Francisco Fonseca in the eighth round, but lost his IBF super featherweight title on the scales before the bout.