Unbeaten junior lightweight contender Adrien Broner will face hard-hitting Vicente Martin Rodrigues of Buenos Aires, Argentina, as part of an HBO tripleheader to be headlined by WBC junior middleweight beltholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Kermit Cintron on Nov. 26.
The 22-year-old Broner (21-0, 17 KOs) will fight for the WBO’s vacant belt against the 26-year-old Rodrigues (34-2, 19 KOs) from Broner’s hometown in Cincinnati.
Rodriguez is 13-0-1, with nine knockouts, since losing by unanimous decision to William Kitchett over 10 rounds in August of 2008.
Also on the tripleheader from Cincinnati will be featherweight prospect Gary Russell Jr. (18-0, 10 KOs) against an opponent to be determined.
An opponent being considered is 29-year-old Luis Franco (10-0, 6 KOs) of Cuba, who is coming off a fourth-round knockout of Adolfo Landeros in August.
In the main event, Alvarez (38-0-1, 28 KOs) will face Cintron (33-4-1, 28 KOs), who has battled to a disputed draw with RING middleweight titleholder Sergio Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs), been stopped twice by ex-beltholder Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs) and lost a controversial decision to former two-time beltholder Paul Williams (39-2, 27 KOs).
Alvarez is coming off last month’s sixth-round knockout of Alfonso Gomez (23-5-1, 12 KOs).
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