Adrien Broner‘s return to the ring will still happen on Saturday but it will now take place at a different weight.
Broner is set to face Jovanie Santiago at 140-pounds but on Friday, Showtime announced the fight has been moved to a 147-pound limit. The promotion says it was a”mutual decision from both fighters.” However, many believe it is due to Broner who recently said he needed to lose 35-pounds for the fight.
“It’s been 12, 13 weeks,” Broner told BoxingScene.com. “Yeah, I’ve been in camp for a while. That’s another reason why I did a long camp as well. I had to lose a lot of weight. But my weight is good, everything’s good, and I’ll be ready…
“I had to lose like over 35 pounds,” Broner later added. “I was pretty big. Two years and some change off, without going to the gym, running or nothing. Out partying and drinking, and then after the club it’s time to eat. And then after that club, it’s time to eat again and drink. You know how that go.”
Adrien Broner hasn’t won a fight in four years since his controversial, 10-round, split-decision defeat of Adrian Granados in February 2017. He has also not fought since he lost to Manny Pacquiao in January of 2019. The goal for Broner is to be more active this year and prove he is still an elite fighter. He is also a big favorite in this fight despite the Puerto Rican being undefeated.
Jovanie Santiago, meanwhile, is 14-0-1 and coming off a KO win over Juan Zegarra, yet Broner will be the toughest fight of his career. But, if he can beats Broner, he will be a legit contender and prove the hype is real.
Whether or not the seven-pound difference will play a factor is uncertain at this time. But, the good news is that the fight will still happen.
Who do you think will win, Adrien Broner or Jovanie Santiago?