Adrien Broner was easily outboxed and outfought by Mikey Garcia in a July unanimous decision loss at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, but he could get another world title shot anyway.
According to Alex Vaysfield, the manager for newly-crowned IBF junior welterweight champion Sergey Lipinets, who won on points against Akihiro Kondo for the vacant IBF super lightweight title on Saturday, his fighter will face the former four-division world champion in March.
“The next fight will be held in March. It will be a defense against Broner,” Vaysfield told Boxing Scene.
Broner (33-3, 24 KO’s), 28, of Cincinnati, Ohio, has won world titles at junior lightweight, lightweight, super lightweight, and welterweight, but has lost each time he has stepped up to face a top opponent. Broner lost a unanimous decision to former welterweight titlist Shawn Porter in 2015, former junior welterweight titleholder Marcos Maidana, and most recently, Garcia.
Weight and discipline have also been an issue for Broner throughout his career. He captured the WBA world title at 140-pounds in 2015 with a late TKO of Khabib Allakhverdiev but lost his belt on the scales in his next defense against Ashley Theophane. Broner was also initially supposed to fight Adrian Granados in February at a 142-pound catch-weight, but changed the contract weight to the full welterweight limit of 147 pounds when it became clear that he wasn’t able to make the weight. He ended up winning the fight, though controversially, by split decision.
Lipinets (13-0, 10 KO’s), 28, a Kazakhstan native fighting out of Beverly Hills, turned pro in 2014 after a brief amateur career in which he went 35-5. He formerly competed as a kickboxer, participating in the 2012 W.A.K.O. European Championships, and the 2013 World Combat Games.
He won the IBF world title after former undisputed champion Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KO’s) moved up to 147-pounds.