On Thursday, it was announced that four-time world champion Adrien Broner has signed with Hall of Fame promoter Don King.
After leaving Al Haymon and PBC, the 33-year-old Broner(34-4-1, 24 KOs) recently signed with BLK Prime and had a fight scheduled for February 25 in Atlanta.
However, after three opponents(Ivan Redkach, Hank Lundy, Michael Williams Jr.) had to back out of the fight for various reasons, Broner left BLK Prime, and now he’s with King.
“Adrien is ready and excited to show his championship skills once again for the delight of the great boxing fans,” said King.
Broner was once the youngest fighter at the age of 24 to win four world titles at 130, 135, 140 and 147 pounds, and according to him, he’s in great shape and ready to win titles.
“I have a fantastic camp with Kevin Cunningham, and I can hardly wait to get back into the ring again,” said Broner. “Winning a world title and constantly defending or unifying the titles is what I am aiming to do.”
King is ready to work with any promoter out there to get a fight for Broner.
“As his proud promoter drops the gauntlet to all the other promoters and challenges them to bring forth their best fighters to (meet) fight super star bad boy of boxing Adrien Broner. Bob Arum, Frank Warren, Al Haymon, Eddie Hearn, and any other promoter with a hot commodity champion, we welcome them all,” said King.
Broner has been out of the ring since he fought on February 20, 2021 when he defeated Jovanie Santiago unanimous decision at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.
The third time is the charm. Adrien Broner’s return to the ring has been postponed after his latest opponent, Michael Williams Jr., suffered an injury while sparring, BLK Prime officially announced on Friday.
According to BLK Prime, a new date and opponent will be announced at a later date.
Broner, 33, was scheduled to fight Williams on February 25 at The Gateway Center at College Park, GA.
Before Williams took the fight, two other opponents were forced to withdraw. Broner’s original opponent, Ivan Redkach, had to withdraw due to a dispute with his promoter. After Redkach withdrew, Broner was scheduled to fight Hank Lundy; however, Lundy could not take the fight because the California Athletic Commission suspended him.
“I worked my a** off, and I see what the bottom really looked like for the first time,” Broner said in a press release. “I looked in the mirror, and I told myself I am not that person, and I got off my ass and went to work! These last four months, I got in amazing shape, and I’m in a great space in my life. I know this ain’t the WWF, but right now, I feel like Triple H cause I’m back healthy, happy, and HUNGRY!!! Sorry to all my fans, but I will continue this journey. SUPPORT ME, AND I FIGHT FOR YOU”
Tough blow for Broner(34-4-1), who has been out of the ring almost a year, but hopefully, BLK Prime can get him a fight soon enough.
In the world of boxing, there are few stories more exciting than that of an underdog, and Michael Williams Jr. (20-1, 13 KOs), a young hungry fighter from Fayetteville, North Carolina, is living that story in the lead up to his showdown with former 4-division world champion, Adrien Broner (34-4-1, 24 KOs).
On February 25th, fans worldwide will witness an epic fight between these two warriors as they battle at The Gateway Center @ College Park, GA, in a 10-round welterweight clash that will be broadcast live on BLK Prime PPV.
Williams Jr., trained by his father, Michael Williams Sr., and international Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr., is determined to make a name for himself and prove the doubters wrong with an impressive victory. With unwavering confidence and a tremendous heart, he is ready to take on the challenge and shock the world.
Despite being considered a massive underdog, Williams Jr. is not backing down. With limitless confidence and a strong belief in himself, Williams Jr. is approaching this fight with the mindset of a true champion. He knows this is his chance to prove the doubters wrong and make a name for himself in the boxing world.
“I’m not here to just be a body in the ring,” said Williams Jr. “I’m here to show everyone what I’m capable of. I’m living a real-life Rocky moment, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m coming to get rid of Broner and become a household name with an impressive victory. I have nothing to lose, and I’m going shock the world.”
Michael’s unrelenting spirit and unstoppable willpower have inspired many, and his story is a testament to the fact that anything is possible with hard work and dedication. In a sport where anything can happen, Williams Jr. is a hungry young lion with everything to gain.
“I know the odds are against me, but I’m not afraid,” continued Williams Jr. “Along with my father, who is an excellent coach, I have one of the best trainers in the world guiding my corner in Roy Jones Jr. I’ve been training for this moment my entire life. I’m ready for the challenge. I’ll give it my all and leave everything in the ring.”
Michael has a hunger for victory that cannot be quenched. He is fully focused on leaving his mark on boxing and showing the world that he is a force to be reckoned with. Order your BLK Prime Pay-Per-View to see Michael Williams Jr. make history and prove he is a true fighter.
Adrien Broner will have his third different opponent for his return on February 25.
BLK Prime announced on Friday that the four-division world champion will now face Michael Williams Jr in a 10-round welterweight showdown at Gateway Center Arena in College Park, Georgia GA(BLK PRIME PPV).
Broner(34-4-1, 24 KOs) was initially scheduled to fight Ivan Redkach; however, due to promotional issues, Redkach was dropped from the fight. Then, he was scheduled to face veteran Hank Lundy, but Lundy was suspended by the California Athletic Commission and could not fight.
Enter Williams(20-1, 13 KOs), who will get the opportunity of a lifetime against Broner. The 23-year-old won his last bout by stoppage and suffered the first loss of his career in 2021 against John Bauza, where he was dropped five times, but versus Broner, he’ll have an opportunity to change the narrative.
“I’ve been preparing for a moment like this for a long time, and I’m ready to take on Broner,” Williams said. “I’m going to take full advantage of this opportunity and show everyone watching on BLK Prime that they didn’t make a mistake by choosing me to challenge Broner. I have nothing to lose, and I’m going all out on fight night 150%.”
No matter the opponent, the 33-year-old Broner said he would put on a great show for the people in Georgia
“I’m excited to get back in the ring and show the world that I’m still one of the best fighters in the sport,” Broner said. “Williams Jr. is a tough opponent, but I’m ready for the challenge, and I’m going to put on a show for the fans in Atlanta. It’s the AB show on BLK Prime.”
The PPV telecast will begin at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. A live PPV preshow starts at 7 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT. Broner vs. Williams Jr. will broadcast worldwide via digital Pay-Per-View on BLKPrime.com and PPV.com for $39.99.
Adrien Broner will have a new opponent in his debut on BLK Prime.
Due to a dispute with his promoter, Ivan Redkach won’t be able to fight Broner, and veteran Hank Lundy will replace him.
Broner-Lundy is a 10-round welterweight fight and is the main event on a card that will take place February 25 at Gateway Center in Atlanta, Georgia(BLK Prime PPV).
Broner(34-4-1, 24 KOs), who has captured world titles in four weight classes, is returning to the ring after a two-year absence, and the 33-year-old expects to put on a show.
“I’m glad they found a worthy replacement in Hank Lundy,” Broner said via a press release. “Unfortunately, Redkach had to pull out, but I’m ready for whoever they put in front of me. This is the AB show, and I’m on a mission to bust up everyone in my way. Hank Lundy is in trouble. I’m going to put a beating on him.”
Lundy(31-12-1, 14 KOs) has been in with many top guys, including Terence Crawford, Jose Zepeda, and Viktor Postol, and will definitely come to fight.
According to the 39-year-old Lundy, he has been hoping to fight Broner for a long time.
“Fighting Broner is something I’ve envisioned for a long time, and now this opportunity has presented itself to me,” Lundy said. “Broner has established himself as one of the best fighters in the world, but he hasn’t been active, so I’m going to take full advantage of his inactivity. Everyone knows that I will fight anyone, and the big names run from me. So I’m telling everyone right now, I’m going to beat the sh** out of this can, man.”
Lundy is an easier fight for Broner, but he’s been active, so he has a fighting chance but expect Broner to get the job done.
Legendary MMA superstar, Cris Cyborg, will be making her highly anticipated return to the boxing ring on December 10, when she battles Gabrielle Holloway on the Terence Crawford vs. David Avanesyan BLK Prime PPV showdown. Cyborg vs. Holloway, a scheduled 4-round bout in the lightweight division, will serve as a special feature attraction.
Crawford vs. Avanesyan, a 12-round WBO welterweight world title clash, will stream live on BLK Prime. The telecast will begin at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
Cyborg, Ultimate Fighting’s only Grand Slam Champion, comes from a world-class mixed-martial-arts background. From Brazil, Cyborg makes her return to the boxing ring to continue her quest to establish herself as the greatest female fighter in any combat sport ever. In her boxing debut earlier this year, Cyborg defeated Simone Silva by a convincing unanimous decision – throwing clean right hands, pressing forward and unloading punches with Silva against the ropes. Her debut in the boxing ring established Cyborg as a looming championship contender, this next bout will prime her for that eventual opportunity.
“This is a great opportunity for me to make a splash in the boxing world, especially on a card with Terence Crawford, the best boxer in the world,” stated Cyborg, who will be making her USA debut in the squared circle. “Boxing has always been a big part of my training and I feel I can compete at the highest level. I’m expecting Holloway to be in great shape, and I know she’s coming to win. That said, I’m taking this fight very seriously. I feel confident, and I can’t wait to showcase my boxing skills to the world.”
Holloway also comes from an MMA background. Recently fighting in the Bellator system, she joins the undercard of Crawford vs Avanesyan to establish her place in boxing – taking on a universal women’s fighting icon in Cyborg.
“Looking forward to testing my skills against a legend in Combat sports, I’m coming fully prepared, conditioning is on point, we are going to steal the show, we are the real Main Event.” said Holloway.
WBO six-rated welterweight contender, David Avanesyan (29-3-1, 17 KOs), is preparing for the biggest fight of his career, a 12-round Championship showdown with the current pound-for-pound king, Terence “Bud” Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs) on December 10 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Neb.
Crawford vs. Avanesyan, a 12-round WBO welterweight world title clash, will stream live on BLK Prime(39.99).
Avanesyan, deep in training, talks about his upcoming fight with Crawford and gives his thoughts on the epic opportunity that stands in front of him.
“This is an opportunity of a lifetime for my family and me, one I will not take for granted,” said Avanesyan, who is currently training in Nottinghamshire, England. “I know going in that I’m a huge underdog and no one is giving me a chance, but let me tell you, I’m going to surprise everyone watching. I’ve had enough time to prepare, so I’ll be ready for the southpaw.”
“There’s a reason Terence Crawford is considered the best fighter in boxing, his skill set is amazing, and he knows how to win. I know my hands are full, but I’m going to do everything I can to become a world champion. I need to stick to the game plan we have in place, and if adjustments need to be made during the fight, I will have to make them.
“As I’ve matured in boxing, I’ve learned a lot of tricks that have helped me become the fighter I am today. Coming from the amateur ranks, I had to learn how to sit on my punches correctly, which can take a lifetime for some fighters. The bad habits that plagued me early in my career, are now fixed. Today I’m a completely different fighter in the ring, and my last six fights have shown my growth when it comes to my power punching. I believe my aggressive style is going to give Crawford problems.
“I’m coming into hostile territory, his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, all his fans will be there in abundance. I’ve fought most of my career in people’s backyards, and I love it because it gives me an extra buzz. This is what being an underdog is all about. When I walk out of the arena with a monumental victory, I believe I will win his fans over.”
A former WBA interim champion, Avanesyan enters this welterweight title bout on a six-fight stoppage streak dating back to 2019 when he captured the European welterweight championship. He defended that title five times before he recently decided to vacate and challenge Crawford for his WBO crown. Considered by many boxing connoisseurs as a legitimate welterweight contender, Avanesyan is ranked top ten by three of the recognized sanctioning organizations.
Welterweight superstar and current pound-for-pound king, Terence “Bud” Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs) will make his triumphant return to the ring when he battles WBO #6 ranked David Avanesyan (29-3-1, 17 KOs) at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Neb. on December 10, 2022. The 12-round bout will air live on BLK Prime PPV, with Crawford’s WBO welterweight title on the line.
“We have seen player empowerment movements in other sports, and now we are starting to see it in boxing,” said Crawford. “I have taken control of my career and my December 10 fight on BLK Prime is the start of my next chapter.”
Crawford chose to bring his latest world title fight back to his hometown of Omaha, Neb. He hasn’t fought in front of the always raucous Nebraska crowd since a TKO victory over Jose Benavidez in October of 2018. “My hometown fans deserve another big fight, and we are going to pack the CHI Health Center once again on December 10.”
Crawford is looking to extend his nine-fight knockout streak, one that has gone under-appreciated from boxing fans and media. December 10 will mark Crawford’s sixth defense of his WBO welterweight title and his 17th straight world title fight across three weight divisions.
“I am an exciting fighter and the best closer in the sport. I have knocked out every fighter I have faced since 2016,” continued Crawford. “I’m going to put on another entertaining fight on December 10 and continue my knockout streak. David Avanesyan is a tough opponent who is riding a strong knockout streak of his own. He’s upset some really good fighters and has nothing to lose. That makes for something that the fans will want to see.”
A former WBA interim champion, Avanesyan enters this welterweight title bout on a six-fight stoppage streak dating back to 2019, when he captured the European welterweight championship. He defended that title five times before he recently decided to vacate and challenge Crawford for his WBO crown. Considered by many boxing connoisseurs as a legitimate welterweight contender, Avanesyan is ranked top ten by three of the recognized sanctioning organizations. His will to keep his winning streak intact is not to be discarded and will certainly bring forth an entertaining fight.