Adrien Broner looks set to avoid WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns by moving up in weight for good after his June showdown with Paulie Malignaggi.
WBC lightweight champion Broner, is moving past the 140 pound division to 147 to fight welterweight champ Malignaggi and Broner’s promoter, Oscar De La Hoya moved to claim that Broner may move up from 135 to 140 permanently after the showdown with Malignaggi.
It is a real shame that Broner will be moving up in weight as there is a huge market for him to fight Burns in Scotland in a unification bout.
The brash Broner however is eyeing up ‘bigger’ fights at light-welterweight against the likes of Amir Khan, Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysse.
This will be bitterly disappointing news for Burns who wanted the fight later this year. Broner has already claimed that he would beat the Scot, but Burns sees things differently.
It is true that the light-welterweight division is at the minute the bigger division and the better challenge for Broner on a whole. His promoters may not want to risk a loss against Burns which would ultimately damage his reputation and make him less marketable.
The largely untested Broner, will have a difficult time adjusting to a more talented division with heavy punchers. He is the heir apparent to Floyd Mayweather Jr. who has successfully moved up six weight divisions so all eyes will be on Broner, who styles himself in the mould of Mayweather.