By Jeff Sorby: With the news that WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns will be fighting on January 26th in Glasgow, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is left with Richard Abril (17-3-1, 8 KO’s) as the possible next opponent for WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) to fight on February 16th on HBO in the United States. Schaefer wanted to get Burns to take the fight in a unification bout, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen as Burns’ promoter is already talking about putting him in action on 1/26 instead of letting him fight Broner.
Abril is about as good as Burns, if not better. There’s much difference between those two fighters except that Abril is the far better fighter defensively compared to Burns and he’s got the shoulder roll defense that Floyd Mayweather Jr. uses.
Schaefer said to ESPN “I am going to convince him [Burns] him to go directly to Broner for February 16, but if Burns does not work out then maybe Richard Abril.”
Like I said, no real difference between Abril and Burns in terms of talent. Broner beats both with ease, but Abril might be the better fight because it’ll be a great fight to see two guys with the Mayweather style fighting each other. That would be neat to watch.
If Golden Boy can’t get Abril, then they might look to IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez, who is reportedly interested in fighting Broner. That would be a tough fight for Broner because the 5’10’ Vazquez is a difficult guy to fight because of his long arms, his movement, and his excellent defensive skills. He presents more of a problem than Burns and Abril because he doesn’t let his opposition get in close to work on the inside, and because he’s so unorthodox in terms of his fighting style.