Former welterweight champion Jessie Vargas has agreed to replace Omar Figueroa and face Adrien Broner in April. The two will collide in the main event on Showtime from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Vargas and Broner, a four-division champion, are set for the main event of a tripleheader on April 21. The card also features Jermall Charlo vs. Hugo Centeno Jr. for the interim 160-pound title and Gervonta Davis vs. Jesus Cuellar for the WBA 130-pound super world title.
“The April 21 card features Adrien Broner, Jermall Charlo and Gervonta Davis – three of boxing’s “must-see” attractions – in highly competitive matchups against top contenders,” said Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports & Event Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. “Adrien Broner is once again proving that he’s willing to take on the toughest available opponent in consensus top-10 welterweight Jessie Vargas. Hugo Centeno Jr. represents another tough challenge for knockout artist Jermall Charlo as he continues his quest to become a two-division champion. Gervonta Davis vs. Jesus Cuellar is another great matchup, with two power-punchers facing off for the 130-pound world title.”
Broner (33-3) owns 24 finishes in his career and has won world titles in four different weight classes by the age of 28. The Cincinnati native suffered a decision loss to Mikey Garcia in July.
“I’m feeling really good and I’m excited that this is an even bigger fight than Figueroa,” said Broner. “I had to switch up some sparring partners but everything is going great in camp. We’re fighting at 144 pounds, so he’ll have a slight weight advantage, but it won’t matter. I’m going to be in great shape for this fight. Coach Kevin Cunningham is my head coach for this camp, but I did not fire Mike Stafford. I just added to my camp, because I needed the help. I know what I have to do at the end of the day to get back on top where I belong.”
Vargas (28-2) has stopped 10 of his foes and earned a decision vs. Aaron Herrera in December. His two losses were via decision to Timothy Bradley Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.
“This is a fight that should garner a lot of attention from boxing fans and they deserve a fight like this,” said Vargas. “We are two entertaining fighters who come in and give it their all. This is a fight that will have a lot of fireworks. I respect Broner and his skills, but he’s very beatable. The fight was presented to me and I didn’t think twice about taking it.. We as fighters and entertainers have to give the fans what they want. We had a fantastic fight on Saturday in Brooklyn and we’ll have another one in April. I will have my hand raised and let everyone know I’m still a danger to anyone I face.”