Golden Boy Sets Triple Header on September 6th
Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya announced the finalization of a Triple header fight card that will be headlined by Adrien Broner on September 6th at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Former three division champion Broner (28-1 with 22 KOs) is from Cincinnati, Ohio and will be getting his request of fighting in his hometown. The 25 year old boxer last fought at the US Bank Arena in 2012 when he missed weight and knocked out Vicente Escobedo in a non-title match.
Broner is on a comeback trail after getting manhandled by Marcos Maidana in their WBA Welterweight title bout last December 2013. He won his last bout against Carlos Molina in the undercard of Mayweather-Maidana 1 last May 3rd. He will be fighting Emmanuel Taylor (18-2 with 12 KOs) in the scheduled 12 rounder.
Taylor is a 23 year old Edgewood, Maryland native who is coming off a 10 round unanimous decision win over Karim Mayfield last July 18th. Taylor lost to Ruslan Provodnikov conqueror and current WBO Junior Welterweight champion Chris Algieri last January via unanimous decision.
Punching machine Lucas Matthysse (35-3 with 33 KOs), a possible Broner opponent in the near future, will be in the co-featured bout of the event. The 31 year old Argentinian will face Roberto Ortiz (31-0-1 with 24 KOs).
Matthysse was favored to dethrone 140 pound king Danny Garcia last September 2013 during the Mayweather-Alvarez undercard but lost a controversial decision after getting knocked down in the 11th round. Last April 26th, he successfully rebounded from that loss by beating John Molina via 11th round KO in what is considered as the early candidates for 2014 Fight of the Year.
Ortiz is unbeaten in 31 fights but will be facing the toughest opponent of his career in Matthysse. The 31 year old Mexican has not fought quality opposition, but according to GBP big boss Oscar De La Hoya, a victory over Matthysse will give him a title shot in 2015.
Return of Berto
Completing the triple header will be former two time welterweight champion Andre Berto (28-3 with 22 KOs). The 30 year old Haiti native will be trying to end a two fight losing streak. Berto lost his WBC world title to Victor Ortiz in 2011 but won the IBF belt against Zan Zaveck in his next fight.
Berto has since suffered back to back losses to Robert Guerrero and Jesus Soto Karas and is coming off a 14 month layoff after a shoulder surgery. Berto will be looking to get back to title contention against a still unnamed opponent.
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