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Showtime Announces Boxing Schedule

April 21st – Adrien Broner vs. Omar Figueroa Jr.

Tell me if you haven’t heard or read this before: “Adrien Broner is in a crossroads fight.” This time, it is against undefeated Omar Figueroa Jr. who had his last fight at welterweight defeating Robert Guerrero last July. Broner, who has been a multi-division champion but is coming off a loss to Mikey Garcia will try to get back on the win column in a fight against someone who is taller and significantly longer reach than he has. While Broner seems to be acting flashy and flamboyant months before the fight, if he is not able to get the victory over Figueroa, it will be his second straight loss and there would be a very slim chance that he would get the big fights that he has been seeking since he went on his run of 27 straight wins before his loss to Marcos Maidana.

May 19th – Adonis Stevenson vs. Badou Jack

If there was a fight in the list of announcements that I was looking forward to, this was it. The WBC and lineal light heavyweight title will be on the line as Stevenson will defend against Badou Jack. For a good amount of time, Stevenson has defended the WBC title and over the past few years, people have criticized him for the opponents that he has faced. Now he has a big fight in Canada with Badou Jack who moved up to light heavyweight after holding a super middleweight title then winning the WBA “regular” light heavyweight title over Nathan Cleverly. He dropped the belt with the hopes of getting a fight against Stevenson, and now here it is.

Jack may have been the best in the super middleweight division and he will have the chance to be the lineal light heavyweight champion. He has to be careful though as he is known to have slow starts and that could play into the strength of Stevenson as he may look to end the fight early with his left hand. If Jack is able to get through those first few rounds, then he may have a shot to get the win as he usually gets better as the fight gets to the second half.

June 9th – Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares

In the beginning of the summer, another rematch will take place as the WBA “super” featherweight title will be on the line. Leo Santa Cruz is the one with that belt and will defend against Abner Mares, who currently holds the WBA “regular” title at that weight class. Back in 2015, Santa Cruz was able to win a majority decision over Mares for that same title and since then, Mares has won a couple of fights while Santa Cruz had a fight against Kiko Martinez and two fights against Carl Frampton. Mares wanted to fight Santa Cruz last year but Leo preferred to have a match beforehand, and that was part of a card that both fighters were involved in.

Mares is looking forward to this bout as he has changed trainers since the last time they fought. He feels that with Robert Garcia on his side, there will be a different result and he will come out as the victor. Only time will tell if that will actually be the case.

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