Broner v Figueroa Jr. on April 21 in NY, Santa Cruz v Mares II confirmed for June 9 in LA

Amanda Westcott

Adrien Broner will face another tough test on April 21 as the former world champion faces the undefeated Omar Figueroa Jr. at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The four-division world champion has established himself not only as one of the biggest draws in the sport, but as a fighter who is always willing to face the toughest competition.

That will continue when he takes on ex-world champion Figueroa (27-0-1, 19 KOs), an all-action brawler who never takes a step backward, as the former champions meet in a WBC Super Lightweight Final Eliminator. 

“I’m trying to outshine everybody. I have to go crazy. I have to rematch Mikey. I have to fight Shawn Porter. This fight is the start of the turn-up. I’m ready. Let’s get it on. He’s undefeated, I’m trying to give him his first loss,” said Broner.

Gervonta Davis

The co-main event will feature one of boxing’s brightest young stars in Gervonta Davis (19-0, 18 KOs) as the 23-year-old undefeated former champion looks to regain his title. 


“Young people make mistakes but the greats learn from it. I believe I’m the most skillful young guy that’s fighting on TV right now and in 2018, I want to show it,” said Davis.

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On June 9 this in Los Angeles, Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares renew their rivalry.

Their 2015 title showdown brought the Staples Center crowd to its feet, meaning WBA Featherweight Champion Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KOs) and three-division world champion Mares (31-2-1, 15 KOs) will meet again in their shared hometown of Los Angeles.

Santa Cruz, who also has held titles in three divisions for the past six years, remains one of the most prolific fighters in the sport today,

“The fans can expect a full-action fight just like the first one, maybe even better,” said Santa Cruz.

“I know Abner Mares changed his trainer and Robert Garcia is a great trainer who will bring the best out of him. But we’re also smart. My dad is a great trainer who will bring the best out of me. It will be a great fight.”

Mares, a former world champion at bantamweight, super bantamweight and featherweight, aims to exact revenge after the close majority decision loss to Santa Cruz in 2015.

This high-stakes matchup between consensus top-five ranked featherweights will give further clarity to a stacked division that includes Gary Russell Jr., Carl Frampton and Lee Selby. 

Mares stated: “It’s been two years since I fought Leo Santa Cruz and all I’ve been thinking about is redemption. With Team Garcia, you’ve seen the change. If they think I’m going to fight the same way, they are in for a surprise.”

The consensus No. 1 fighter at 154 pounds, Jermell Charlo (30-0, 15 KOs) will defend his WBC Super Welterweight World Championship in the co-feature against an opponent to be determined.  

“I’m going to stay fly, get my body count up and let that lion roar,” said Charlo.