The 19th January Pacquiao v Broner undercard has been finalized. The incredible two-division world champion Badou Jack will face off against the still to be beaten contender Marcus Browne for the WBA Interim Light Heavyweight title as one of the undercard matches.
The Pay Per View undercard will also feature Rau’shee Warren the former world champion having a go at Nordine Oubaali for the WBC Bantamweight World Championship.
This will be a rematch between the two fighters. Their previous fight was on Olympic 2012. Oubaali was the winner of that fight. So, this will be an opportunity for redemption for Rau’shee Warren. Jack Teppora will also appear against another former champion Hugo Ruiz in the opening bout of the four-fight PPV.
We expect this to be an epic featherweight class between the two that will last at least 8 of the planned 12 rounds. The detailed lineup has all the ingredients of making the evening a memorable one for boxing fans. Let’s take a nose dive and dissect these fights as much as we can.
The Main Event (Manny Pacquiao vs Adrien Broner Bout)
In the GEM of all fight of the day (the main event), Filipino senator Manny Pacquiao, the “Pacman”, the one and only eight-division boxing world champion, will fight against Adrien Broner (whom many consider the next Mayweather). This will end his two-year break from fighting in the U.S.
What’s on the line you ask?
The World Boxing Association Welterweight title is the answer. This will most certainly be a golden opportunity for “The Problem” A.K.A. Adrien Broner.
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The fight is being promoted by many renowned companies. The most known ones are MP promotions (Mayweather Promotions), and TGB Promotions.
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Rest of the Fights on the Fixture
We have interesting set of quotes that refer to the Pacquiao vs Broner undercard fights. The CEO of Mayweather Promotions Leonard Ellerbe said –
“Not only will the fans witness a tremendous main event, they will get to enjoy three action-packed match-ups that will add another level to the pay-per-view portion of the card”
He also made a few comments about the Undercard fighters saying –
“Both Jack Tepora and Hugo Ruiz are looking to make a name for themselves in the stacked featherweight division, while Rau’shee Warren and Nordine Oubaali are in the prime of their careers and battling for the WBC title. Mayweather Promotions’ Badou Jack has made an exemplary statement for his career inside and outside of the ring and is focused on further strengthening his resume, while Marcus Browne is looking to showcase his talent on boxing’s biggest stage.”
Brief Overview of Jack Tepora vs Marcus Browne Bout
Jack who has an exceptional record of 22-1-3 and 13 KOs among those 22 wins has previously fought twice since renouncing his super middleweight world title. The Swedish born 35-year-old showcased his father’s Gambia in 2008 Olympics and now staying at Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jack won his super middleweight title in 2015 against Anthony Dirrell via a majority decision. He then went on to defend his title 3 times before renouncing it. His hard-earned majority draw fight against DeGale was definitely among the best fights of 2017.
In his last fight on May 19, he fought against Adonis Stevenson for the WBA light heavyweight title which resulted in a majority draw. This was his first bout at 175 pounds. And it was also one hell of a fight. So, expect Jack to give Browe hell as well.
Jack on in interview said –
“I’m looking forward to getting back onto another big stage to perform for my fans across the globe and prove I am one of the best fighters in the world. I plan to show off my skills with a dominating performance on January 19. I always want to fight the best, and he’s the best that’s available right now. I’m always 100 percent ready and I’m going into this fight stronger, faster and with more experience than ever before.”
His opponent Browne who turned 28 last November is just as impressive. Standing at an impressive record of 22-0 with 16 knockouts will be certain to take things up a notch when he faces off against Jack.
The unbeaten Browne seemed very pumped up about the fight when asked about his opponent Jack. He said the following –
“This is really an honor and a privilege to have an opportunity to showcase my talents on a big-time pay-per-view card featuring Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner. Badou Jack is a championship-caliber fighter and one of the toughest guys you can fight in the light heavyweight division. I’m ready for the step up in competition and focused on being a household name in the sport sooner rather than later.”
With raw power and force, Browne moved his place up in the contender ladder in the 175-pounds division. He was a former Olympic boxing team member who participated in the 2012 U.S. Olympics. He was a hit on everyone’s radar when he made three straight knockouts.
His opponents were Thomas Williams, Jr., Francy Ntetu, and Sean Monaghan. The New Yorker secured a win against Lenin Castillo on a unanimous decision on his last fight. Will he be able to keep this winning momentum intact against an opponent like Jack? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Warren vs Oubaali Fight is on the Card as Well
In another fixture, Warren will fight Oubaali. Warren who has a track record of 16-2 with 4 knockouts is looking for a return in the world boxing championship ranks via securing a victory against Oubaali.
The U.S boxer became the first in the history of U.S boxing to securing a spot in the Olympics team for three consecutive times. The 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympics respectively.
His perfect Olympic run came to a halt when he lost against Oubaali in 2012 London games. The fight was very mesmerizing and nail-biting. He lost with a very close margin of 19-18. Since then he has had ups and downs in his career.
The southpaw fighter won the World Boxing Associations Bantamweight World championship back in 2016 against Juan Carlos via a majority decision. But lost the title next year against Zhanan Zhakiyanov via a split decision.
Warren is desperate to win this fight as this will ensure his return to the world rankings. He said –
“This fight means everything for me and it’s about to be the biggest moment of my career. Not only am I fighting for the WBC belt, but it’s on pay-per-view. When I first won the title, it was like winning the gold medal at the Olympics. After I lost the title, it made me much hungrier and I want to get it back even more. I fought this guy in the Olympics, so I’m fighting for revenge. This isn’t the Olympics. This is 12 rounds and I don’t think he’s fought anybody like me. I have no choice but to put it all on the line on January 19.”
Warren’s opponent Oubaali, however, is not an easy opponent to have a go at. And Warren already knows that. Coming in at an impressive record of 14-0 with 11 knockouts, the southpaw fighter from France, has knocked out every single one of his last 5 opponents.
His last win against Luiz Melendez last April just gave him a boost in the world ranking, giving him a shot at the world title.
When asked about the fight, Oubaali said –
“Many people are waiting for this fight because it’s the second time we meet. I beat Rau’shee Warren at the 2012 London Games in a great battle. In the meantime, Rau’shee captured a world championship and lost it. Right now, I’m the WBC No. 1 ranked bantamweight fighter in the world. It will be a great fight in Las Vegas on January 19 and I intend to beat Rau’shee again to become the new WBC world champion.”
Tepora vs Hugo Ruiz Makes No. 3 On the Undercard
In another undercard fight for the 19th January event, Another Filipino will fight. The 25-year-old Tepora will make his debut in the U.S on 19th January facing Hugo Ruiz for his title. He is currently the WBA interim featherweight champion.
Tepora seemed really enthusiastic about the fight. He said –
“It has always been a dream to fight in the United States. I never dreamed that my first fight in the U.S. would be on a card with Senator Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner. I look forward to a tremendous fight on January 19 and defending my title versus former world champion Hugo Ruiz. As you all know the best rivalry in boxing is Filipino vs. Mexican. It’s going to be a great fight.”
Hugo Ruiz is a champion we all know and love. Standing at an amazing 38-4 record with 33 KOs Hugo will make his debut for the featherweight title on January 19th. His recent two wins have boosted his confidence by a great deal and he’ll probably end up winning the title. Well, at least that’s how he thinks things will turn out to be. He is very confident of his ability and power. He said the following –
“I expect it to be a good fight because Tepora is undefeated and a good Filipino champion. But I’m ready. I don’t think he can handle my power. I’m going to knock him out. I want to do my best to win the title. I’ve been watching videos of him and I’ve been training hard. I’m really focused on how to beat him. I’m still young, but I’ve got the experience to handle him in this fight.”
Before I Leave You!
No matter how you look at things, January 19 will be an epic date on the calendar this year. Starting from 3.30PM pacific time, fans will be treated to an awesome lineup of matches as parts of Manny Pacquiao vs Adrien Broner fight night. Make sure you guys stay glued to your TV sets or computer screens from the very beginning.
In the meantime, We’ll be updating you via PacquiaoFights if any kind of interesting developments happen leading up to the fight date.