After a couple of false starts, Adrian Broner appears to have finally found an opponent for his return to the ring. Mike Coppinger, confirming an earlier scoop from Jake Donovan and Keith Idec, reports that Broner will face unbeaten Puerto Rican Jovanie Santiago in his February 20th Showtime main event.
Santiago (14-0-1, 10 KO) is undefeated, a fact which I’m sure the marketing engine will rely on, but all he really has to show after 13 years in the ring is a 2017 decision victory over “Chop Chop” Corley. He’s far more Pedro Campa than Michel Rivera in terms of his chances, which should suit the nearly four-years-winless Broner (33-4-1, 24 KO) just fine.
At least they probably won’t have to compete with Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul anymore. Still, not the sort of matchup to pit against a guaranteed war in Miguel Berchelt vs. Oscar Valdez.
The Showtime broadcast also features Otto Wallin vs. Dominic Breazeale at heavyweight and Robert Easter Jr. vs. Ryan Martin at super lightweight.