Adrien Broner Outlasts Emmanuel Taylor in Hometown Fight
Emmanuel Taylor almost spoiled Adrien Broner’s homecoming party.
Broner (29-1 with 22 knockouts) got his wish to fight in his hometown of Cincinnati, but he never imagined that he would be in a dogfight against the unheralded Emmanuel Taylor (18-3 with 12 knockouts) last Friday. But Broner finished strong and closed the show with a knockdown in the 12th round to seal his 116-111, 116-11 and 115-112 unanimous decision victory over Taylor at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Broner and Taylor promised knockouts during the trash talk-filled buildup to the fight. Although that didn’t happen, both men put up a spirited, high-level and action-packed effort that led to the entertaining main event.
Taylor came off the gates charging at Broner, mimicking Marcos Maidana, perhaps in an effort to duplicate the Argentine’s game plan against Broner when they fought last December. It can be recalled that Maidana’s excessive aggression led to two knockdowns that eventually resulted in Broner’s first career loss last December 2013.
The 23-year old Maryland native repeatedly backed Broner to the ropes and fired away looping overhand rights, hoping to catch him like Maidana did. But the 25 year old “Problem” seemed to be prepared for a war this time around, as he fired back with body shots and solid left hooks of his own.
The bout was pretty much even halfway through the fight, with both men having their own moments. But Taylor slowed down after round six and although he still managed to put up fierce exchanges, Broner was slowly getting into the groove. In the 11th round, Taylor even managed to cut Broner’s right eye, but it did not become a problem. The final round was filled with toe to toe action before Broner nailed Taylor with a strong left uppercut that decked Taylor with 15 seconds left in the fight. Taylor was stunned but he managed to get up and finish the bout.
After the bout, Broner said his next fight “should be against Matthysse”. He called out Lucas Matthysse before and after the bout, and said that if it were only up to him “he would have fought Matthysse that night.”
Matthysse (36-3 with 34 knockouts) did fight on the same night, although he fought a different foe. The hard hitting Argentine knocked out Roberto Ortiz (31-1-1 with 24 knockouts) in the second round of a scheduled 10 round junior welterweight bout. After the bout, Matthysse said he wanted to fight Danny Garcia or Broner.
With both men eyeing each other and the promoters looking at this match-up even before fight night, this one should be a done deal pretty soon.
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