Boxing Preview: Adrien Broner Takes on Emmanuel Taylor in Ohio

bronerfighter-4_3This coming September 6th, at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, hometown hero Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner (28-1) returns tot the ring to face Emmanuel Taylor (18-2). Look for Broner to be a big favorite when the line hits the books, as Taylor is a strong competitor, but a known quantity. Broner, fighting at home is not looking for any surprises. Taylor is coming off a unanimous decision win over Karim Mayfield that saw him get up off the canvas to win the decision and his loss prior to that was to the suddenly red hot Chris Algieri, so he brings solid performances in 2014. Furthermore, he is a decorated amateur boxer who comes from a family of pugilists, so he has to see meeting Broner as an opportunity. But Broner is looking to get his name value back up to where it was before Marcos Maidana battered him in December of 2013. In his last outing, against Carlos Molina, we saw a slightly more professional Broner. he was business-like in seeking the win, and he seemed to have dispensed with some of the showboating he had been known for. He won comfortably in what was his first appearance at 140 lbs, and he appears focused to stay at this weight and not flat around like he has been in recent years. Broner may be looking past Taylor, and that might be a mistake. But Broner has been earmarked for the top for a long time, and he has been a part of big cards throughout his career. He has been a headline act, and he is one to tell you that he has his eyes on all the spoils that come with boxing greatness. He has fought in Ohio as recently as two years ago, so it may not be a distraction he is used to, but if Broner cannot remain attentive to the task at hand and becomes distracted, Taylor could find an opening. There are matches for Broner that could lead to big money, including potential match-ups with Amir Khan, Chris Algieri, Ruslan Provodnikov or Argentinian sensation Lucas Martin Matthysse, who faces Roberto Ortiz on the same night in Ohio. The fight will air on Showtime and is also supported by the return of former welterweight world champion Andre Berto.

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