Adrien Broner and Lee Selby are in advanced talks for a possible fall showdown…but a what weight?
3kingsboxing.com has recently learned that Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-4-1, 24 KO’s) and Lee “Lightening” Selby (27-2, 9 KO’s) are rumored to be deep in negotiations for a fall showdown.
The news does come somewhat out of left field due to the discrepancy over the fighter’s weight classes. Over the last several years, Broner has ping-ponged between the welterweight and junior welterweight.
Meanwhile, Selby has regularly bounced back and forth within the lightweight and super featherweight divisions. Lightening last campaigned at lightweight, while the Problem slid through the ropes a healthy welterweight.
If the bout was contracted, the weight they fought at would be the biggest point of interest.
Moving past the issue of weight, of the two fighters, the Problem is the most in need of win. Perhaps this is precisely why his team his looking at such a smaller, light-hitting foe. As it stands, the Cincinnati wild-man has not been in the win column since prevailing over Adrien “Tigre” Granados. Moreover, even this win was hotly contested as controversial to many fans.
Broner vs Granados took place on February 18, 2017, nearly two and a half years ago. Since that time Broner has lost twice, to Mikey Garcia and Manny Pacquiao. He also drew with Jessie Vargas.
Without a solid relevant win, it’s unlikely that even Broner can continue talking himself into meaningful prizefights.
Selby, on the other hand, has enjoyed substantially more success in the ring. Lightening did lose lose his fifth attempt at defending his IBF featherweight title to the undefeated and still champion Josh Warrington (29-0 6 KO’s). However Selby was victorious over Omar “Super O” Douglas (19-3, 12 KO’s) in his most recent outing at lightweight.
Prior to the Warrington set back, the UK pugilist had not lost a boxing contest in nine years!
If the talks come to fruition, it will be interesting to see how the fight and all the particulars play out.
By: Bakari Simpson