A brand new opponent has been secured for the subsequent BLK Prime Pay-Per-View extravaganza.
BoxingScene.com has realized that former four-division titlist Adrien Broner will now face Michael Williams Jr. atop the scheduled February 25 present from Gateway Park Enviornment within the School Park part of Atlanta, Georgia. The event marks the third scheduled opponent for Broner, all coming in a span of simply over per week.
Williams turns into the substitute to the earlier substitute for the snakebit important occasion.
The most recent change comes only one week after Philadelphia’s Hank Lundy (31-12-1, 14KOs) was named as the brand new opponent for Broner, changing Ivan Redkach who was pressured to withdraw as a result of a bitter dispute with promoter Joe DeGuardia.
Lundy was since faraway from the combo after being dealt a suspension by the California State Athletic Fee. The veteran spoiler beforehand pulled out of a scheduled February 4 bout versus Ernesto Mercado (8-0, 8KOs) after having suffered a reduce throughout a sparring session that wouldn’t heal in time for the present. Lundy claimed to have supplied paperwork to occasion promoter RED Boxing Worldwide, who as an alternative had the boxer positioned on indefinite suspension in what has now turn out to be a authorized matter.
The present wanted to go on in Atlanta, prompting the BLK Prime staff to land a brand new foe for its newest signing.
The search led to Williams (20-1, 13KOs), a 6’1” fringe welterweight contender from Fayetteville, North Carolina, who steps effectively up in competitors even versus a rebounding and inactive Broner. His lone profession defeat got here in a brutally one-sided fourth-round stoppage loss to John Bauza in a December 2021 battle of unbeaten prospects. Williams was floored six occasions of their ESPN televised bout from Madison Sq. Backyard in New York Metropolis earlier than referee Charlie Fitch mercifully halted the competition.
Williams returned to the ring and the win column with a third-round knockout of Julio Buitrago final April 23 in Gadsden, Alabama.
Cincinnati’s Broner (34-4-1, 24KOs) final fought in February 2021, when he claimed a twelve-round, unanimous resolution win over Jovanie Santiago in Uncasville, Connecticut. That bout was his first since a loss to Manny Pacquiao of their January 2019 secondary welterweight title battle, which offered roughly 400,000 models atop a Showtime Pay-Per-View telecast.
The upcoming bout—assuming it sticks—mark the primary of a profitable three-fight deal between the 33-year-old Broner and BLK Prime, which was formally introduced final October 25.
The initially scheduled battle versus Redkach was beforehand within the works on each side of the pandemic, as soon as eyed for 2020 and once more looked for final January. Neither date materialized, with Broner as an alternative dealing with Puerto Rico’s Santiago, whom he outpointed over twelve rounds.
Broner was as a result of return to the ring versus fellow former titlist Omar Figueroa final August 20 at Seminole Exhausting Rock Lodge & On line casino in Hollywood, Florida. Coaching camp appeared to go effectively for the troubled former champion, solely to withdraw from the Showtime-televised occasion as a result of what he described as a much-needed psychological well being reset.
The polarizing determine subsequent surfaced because the star of a digital press convention to verify his multi-fight settlement with ‘Uncle Dez’ Desmond Gumbs and the BLK Prime household final October. It got here lower than two months previous to BLK’s debut exhibiting final December 10, which noticed WBO welterweight champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford (39-0, 30KOs) rating a sixth-round knockout of David Avanesyan at CHI Well being Heart in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.
Hours previous to the occasion, Broner’s personal BLK Prime debut was formally introduced throughout an on-site press convention. The session additionally revealed the night’s co-feature, the oft-rescheduled light-weight conflict between former titlists Mickey Bey and Tevin Farmer in a ten-round co-feature.
Bey (23-3-1, 11KOs) has not fought since a ten-round, cut up resolution defeat to then-unbeaten contender George Kambosos Jr. in December 2019 at Madison Sq. Backyard. Kambosos went on to win—and subsequently lose—the lineal and unified WBA/IBF/WBO light-weight championship. Bey—a 39-year-old from Cleveland, Ohio who now lives and trains in Las Vegas—beforehand held the IBF 135-pound title for ten months earlier than vacating in July 2015.
Farmer (30-5-1, 6KOs) has not fought since dropping his IBF junior light-weight to Joseph ‘JoJo’ Diaz in January 2020. The unanimous resolution defeat ended his 17-month title reign which noticed the Philadelphia-bred southpaw efficiently defend 4 occasions all inside a busy eight month stretch.
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox