Adrien Broner could have an additional week to readjust to fame.
The forthcoming BLK Prime debut for the previous four-division titlist will now happen on February 25 in Atlanta, one week later than the beforehand focused February 18 date. As beforehand reported by BoxingScene.com, Broner will face Ivan Redkach in a welterweight bout atop a BLK Prime Pay-Per-View occasion. A cause was not given for the date change, nor was the venue specified although State Farm Enviornment—the house of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks–is on the market.
The present can even characteristic a battle between former titleholders Tevin Farmer and Mickey Bey in a ten-round co-feature.
Each bouts had been formally introduced on December 10, hours earlier than the Terence Crawford-David Avanesyan WBO welterweight title struggle that headlined the inaugural BLK Prime PPV present from CHI Well being Middle in Omaha, Nebraska. All 4 fighters had been current for the occasion, with Broner briefly becoming a member of the printed to debate that occasion in addition to his personal.
Cincinnati’s Broner (34-4-1, 24KOs) has not fought since a twelve-round, unanimous choice win over Jovanie Santiago final February 20 in Uncasville, Connecticut. That bout was his first since a loss to Manny Pacquiao of their January 2019 secondary welterweight title struggle, which bought roughly 400,000 items atop a Showtime Pay-Per-View telecast.
His upcoming bout with Redkach marks the primary of a profitable three-fight deal between Broner and BLK Prime, which was formally introduced on October 25. The struggle itself was beforehand within the works on either side of the pandemic, as soon as eyed for 2020 and once more hunted for final January. Neither date materialized, with Broner as a substitute going through Puerto Rico’s Santiago, whom he outpointed over twelve rounds.
Apparently, Redkach—a Ukrainian southpaw combating out of Los Angeles—will return to Atlanta for his second straight struggle. His final look got here below doubtful circumstances, dropping to Regis Prograis final April 17 in what was dominated a technical choice on the time however modified to a technical knockout after a profitable enchantment by Prograis with the Georgia Athletic and Leisure Fee.
The defeat was the second in a row for Redkach (23-6-1, 18KOs), who beforehand dropped a twelve-round, unanimous choice to former two-division titlist Danny Garcia. Their January 2020 bout—which headlined a Showtime card from Barclays Middle in Brooklyn, New York—noticed Redkach initially get away with biting Garcia in the course of the ninth-round of their welterweight struggle, however later met with a suspension as handed down by the New York State Athletic Fee.
Redkach beforehand gained three straight fights, together with a sixth-round knockout of former two-division titlist Devon Alexander in June 2019.
Broner has gained titles at junior light-weight, light-weight, welterweight and junior welterweight in that order.
In the meantime, Famer and Bey discover a new house for his or her oft-rescheduled conflict.
The 2 had been beforehand as a consequence of struggle on Might 21, first in Accra, Ghana after which relocated to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The struggle was then canceled because of the premature loss of life of UAE president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan on Might 13. A compulsory interval of mourning compelled the cancellation of the present.
Farmer-Bey was then rescheduled for August 12 in Prescott, Arizona. In a weird growth, the struggle was canceled hours earlier than the present after disgraced promotional outfit Larger Than Life Leisure was unable to ensure funds.
Philadelphia’s Farmer (30-5-1, 6KOs) has not fought since dropping his IBF junior light-weight to Joseph ‘JoJo’ Diaz in January 2020. The unanimous choice defeat ended his 17-month title reign through which he made 4 profitable defenses.
The inactive stretch for Bey (23-3-1, 11KOs) has been even longer. The previous IBF light-weight titlist final fought in December 2019, when he dropped a ten-round, break up choice to George Kambosos Jr. previous the Aussie’s eventual light-weight title reign. The 39-year-old from Las Vegas by means of Cleveland, Ohio held the IBF 135-pound title for ten months earlier than vacating in July 2015.
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox