Adrien Broner’s New Opponent and Date Revealed

Published 01/29/2021, 5:29 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 19: Adrien Broner walks to his corner during the WBA welterweight championship against Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


The return of Adrien Broner which seemed under dark clouds a few days back is finally back on track. He will now take on Jovanie Santiago on February 20 in Showtime’s main event. Earlier Broner was supposed to contend Pedro Campa on February 13, but the latter pulled out of the fight.

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‘The Problem’ has shown his hunger to come back and resume his run inside the ring, and he’s finally ready to ready to do so.

Mike Coppinger reported this on his official Twitter handle and wrote:

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Sources: Adrien Broner is set to fight Jovanie Santiago on Feb. 20 in a Showtime main event. Original opponent, Pedro Campe, withdrew after testing positive for COVID. The Puerto Rican is undefeated but untested. First Broner fight since Manny Pacquiao in January 2019.”

Santiago is an undefeated Puerto Rican super-lightweight boxer. ‘El Lobito‘ is the WBA Fedelatin super-lightweight champion and of the most talked-about boxers from Puerto Rico. He bagged the title in 2019, defended it successfully once, and will look forward to welcoming the veteran Broner with his slick prowess.

On the flip side, Broner has maintained an infrequent run in the sport for a few years. He last fought in January 2019 against the all-time great Manny Pacquiao for the WBA welterweight title. He lost to the Filippino senator via a unanimous decision.

Broner has left the past behind and is keen on resuming his thrilling run in the sport again.

Can Adrien Broner outsmart Jovanie Santiago?

Broner has hung around the sport for a while now and has gained substantial experience with time. In the past, he has held belts across multiple divisions, but failed to live up to his potential in the subsequent years.

The ‘Problem’ has been out of action for a couple of years and has gained a significant amount of weight. However, he has shown dedication by undergoing a serious transformation for his return.

BROOKLYN, NY – JULY 29: Adrien Broner reacts after losing to Mikey Garcia during their Junior Welterwight bout on July 29, 2017 at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

In terms of experience, the number of fight wins, and fight IQ, the 31-year-old edges over Santiago. If he can display a snippet of his old self on February 20, he’ll enjoy the upper hand in this fight.

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Moreover, a victory here will fill him up with massive confidence and self-esteem, which may help him fight more frequently.

How do you envisage this fight going?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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