- Adrien Broner will face Jovnie Santiago on February 20, 2021 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.
- Broner has not fought since losing to Manny Pacquiao in 2018.
- Santiago is undefeated in 14 bouts with 10 knockouts but has not fought someone with Broner’s stature.
Four-division champion Adrien Broner’s February 20 bout against Puerto Rican Jovanie Santiago was made official by SHOWTIME Sports on Friday.
The fight will be held at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut in a Premier Boxing Champions event that will be televised on SHOWTIME at 9 PM ET/ 6 P.M. PT. The telecast will also feature former heavyweight title challenger Dominic Breazeale who will face Otto Wallin as the co-feature of the event. Meanwhile, former lightweight champion Robert Easter will open the triple-header as he faces Ryan Martin in a super lightweight contest.
Sources: Adrien Broner slated to return in February on Showtime. Few opponents being discussed. First bout since he was defeated by Manny Pacquiao in January 2019. Otto Wallin-Dominic Breazeale heavyweight scarp is the chief support
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) December 30, 2020
Broner has not fought since losing to Manny Pacquiao in 2018. The Problem has not won a bout since defeating Adrian Granados via split decision on February 2017 and he is just 3-3-1 in his last seven bouts. Despite his recent struggles, Broner remains one of the most colorful and popular personalities in the sport.
The 31-year old quickly rose to boxing prominence with his alliance to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and brash outspoken personality. He became a four-division world champion at the age of 26 and is one of only eight active fighters to win a world title in four different weight classes. But after going undefeated in his first 27 bouts, Broner is just 6-4-1 in his last 11 contests.
His struggles began after winning the WBA welterweight title in 2013. Broner suffered his first career loss to Marcos Maidana during his first welterweight title defense. After winning three fights at 140 pounds, Broner returned to welterweight but got bullied by Shawn Porter. He moved back to 140 pounds and won the WBA title but was stripped of the belt during his first title defense. Broner’s third try at 147 pounds ended in a one-sided defeat against Manny Pacquiao in his most recent fight in 2018.
Undefeated but Unknown
It’s getting close and Jovanie Santiago is out to end the career of @AdrienBroner
His words, not mine, and I have that in my piece for @bigfightweekend #news #boxing https://t.co/dJurNVuZgr
— Marquis Johns (@weaksauceradio) February 11, 2021
Little is known of Jovanie Santiago except perhaps that he will be Adrien Broner’s dancing partner on February 20th. The 31-year old from Dorado, Puerto Rico is undefeated in 14 bouts with 10 knockouts. His biggest career victory was a 10-round unanimous decision win over former WBO junior welterweight champion DeMarcus Corley in 2017 but Corley was already way past his prime at the age of 42 when they fought.
Known for his come-forward and aggressive fighting style, Santiago won the WBA Fedelatin Super Lightweight title by defeating Gustavo David Vittori in November 2019. Santiago successfully defended that regional belt by outpointing Juan Zegarra in his most recent bout last December 16, 2020.
Santiago has fought much of his career at 140-pounds and he has moved up to 14th in the latest WBA super lightweight rankings. Now he will try to push his luck even further by defeating a high profile opponent like AB. With his punching power and Broner’s inactivity, Santiago seems to have a good opportunity ahead of him.
World Champion Again?
Broner says he will be champion again. Do you guys agree?#MustaForgot pic.twitter.com/ocD1kyhZBy
— Heavy Bag Boxing (@HeavyBagBoxing) October 21, 2020
Broner says that he wants to be and will be world champion again. And while you like to believe those words from a man ultra-talented like him, he’s been out of the sport for two years and when he’s in it, he’s been into all sorts of trouble. But AB is still 31 and is still in his athletic prime.
AB has fallen from grace in recent years and it’s not only because of his attitude, personality, or lack of work ethic. Since his level of opposition has stepped up, he’s struggled. Most thought the he lost to Maidana because Maidana was bigger and stronger. But he also lost to a naturally smaller opponent in Mikey Garcia and to someone his own size in Shawn Porter. In his last fight, Broner was outboxed by an over the hill Manny Pacquiao.
Being brought to the sport by Floyd Mayweather Jr. really helped propel Broner to superstardom. But since reaching the top, it’s been downhill. Fighting Santiago could work both ways for AB. While Santiago is an unknown, he is a very dangerous opponent because he has nothing to lose and everything to gain. The opposite is what’s in it for AB.