After more than two years away from the ring, former four-division world champion Adrien Broner is scheduled to make his return to boxing against Pedro Campa (31-1-1, 21 KOs), on Feb. 13, per The Athletic. The last time Broner (33-4-1, 1 NC, 24 KOs) fought was in January 2019 against Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas.
Broner’s comeback fight will be broadcasted live by Showtime in the United States. The weight class for the fight will be junior welterweight. One of boxing’s most enigmatic figures hopes to restore his legacy in the sport, despite facing trouble outside of the ring in his personal life. In December 2019, Broner’s legal troubles came to a head when was ordered to pay $835,000 to a woman that he assaulted outside of a Cleveland nightclub in 2018.
This was one of the lowest moments of his professional career because his personal life completely interfered with his boxing career. For the longest time, Broner could not get out of his own way and it hindered his championship aspirations.
He was once viewed as the next coming of Floyd Mayweather, but eventually he was embroiled in legal trouble and his image took a massive hit. The issues he faced in his personal life took away from his God-given talents in boxing. He saw a meteoric rise in his early 20s and all of his fights on HBO and Showtime were must-see TV. Broner claimed his first world title at 22-years-old in 2011 and his brand grew exponentially over the next few years.
He suffered the first loss of his career to Marcos Maidana in December 2013, and the loss set him back from his lofty goals of being boxing’s next pay-per-view star. Broner bounced back nicely with WBA super lightweight title victories in 2014 and 2015.
In recent years, Broner has not been able to find the same success he had in the early stages of his professional career. To put his struggles in context, his last win inside the ring came against Adrian Granados on Feb. 18, 2017. He went 0-2-1 in his last three fights, and two of the three bouts were for titles against Mikey Garcia and Pacquiao. He fought Jessie Vargas to a majority draw in April 2018.
If he wants to fight for several more years, he certainly has the talent to do so, but he has to stay on the straight and narrow path in order for his career to continue for an extended time. The location of his February clash with Campa is unknown, but the date is likely to be revealed in the near future. The fight will last for a maximum of 10 rounds and it will be Broner’s first 10 round bout since he fought Granados in 2017.
The fight will most likely take place in the United States, especially since it will be broadcasted on Showtime, and if that is the case, it will be Campa’s second time fighting in the United States. Broner is arguably boxing’s most mercurial figure, and he can make up for his recent string of issues with a victory over Campa.