Via Brian Webber: Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner is reportedly in “advanced” talks to face Ivan Redkach in February for his first match on a three-figure, 12-month, eight-figure deal with BLK Prime.
SI’s Chris Mannix is reporting on the news of advanced talks between former four-division world champion Broner (34-4-1, 24 KOs) and 36-year-old second-weight boxer Redkach (23-6- 1, 18 KOs).
They are paying a lot of money for 33-year-old Broner, and surprisingly, a non-candidate is considered an acceptable opponent for the former star. However, no matter how bad Broner looked in his final fight, Redkach still has a good chance of defeating him. Broner has been looking at the hill since 2012.
“Adrien Broner, a former quadruple world champion who signed a multi-fight contract with BLK Prime in October, is in advanced discussions to take on veteran Ivan Redkach. Broner-Redkach is being targeted for February,” Chris Mannix said to Sports Illustrated.
With that said, Broner has been out of the ring for 20 months and looks terrible when he won a questionable 12th half unanimous decision over competitor Jovanie Santiago last February.
If BLK Prime insists on making Broner fight a top 10 contender, he’ll likely be disqualified and they’ll be stuck with him for two more bouts with boxing fans uninterested in paying. money to see the former star has declined.
Fans will be disappointed with this pick of Redkach for Broner’s next fight as they were expecting him to face a real top 15 contender, not a guy with a 0 record. -2 in the last two games, who have not recorded a win in three years since 2019.
Redkach’s most recent victory was against Devon Alexander in 2019.
Broner, 33, was interested in fighting Redkach a year ago, but after that the fight was fruitless. Redkach’s sixth round loss to Regis Prograis last April.
Redkach rolled on the tarp after getting hit from Prograis during that match, prompting the referee to initially assume he was injured by a light blow.
On playback, it shows that Prograis nailed Redkach with a legal right on the belt. The referee decided it was a technical decision in the sixth inning, but that decision was later changed to a knockout after being reviewed.
In Redkach’s previous match, he lost to Danny Garcia one way in 12 deciding innings in 2020. The scores were 117-111, 118-110 and 117-111.