Adrien Broner-Emmanuel Taylor On For Sept. 6, In Cincy

BY The Sweet Science ON July 31, 2014
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CINCINNATI HOMECOMING FOR ADRIEN BRONER
SET FOR SEPT. 6; FORMER THREE-DIVISION WORLD CHAMPION TO MEET EMMANUEL TAYLOR AT U.S. BANK ARENA, LIVE ON SHOWTIME®

PLUS, LUCAS MATTHYSSE VS. ROBERTO ORTIZ

TICKETS GO SALE TOMORROW, FRIDAY, AUG. 1

LOS ANGELES (July 31, 2014) - Former three-division world champion Adrien "The Problem" Broner will return to his hometown arena following a two-year absence to headline a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® event on Saturday, Sept. 6 at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Broner will face talented young prospect Emmanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor in a 12-round super lightweight bout. In the co-main event, scheduled for 10 rounds in the same weight class, Argentine powerhouse Lucas "La Máquina" Matthysse will attempt to continue his road back to the top of the 140-pound division when he meets unbeaten Mexican slugger Roberto Ortiz.

In the opening bout of the live SHOWTIME telecast (9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT) former two-time world welterweight champion Andre Berto (28-3, 22 KO's) will return to the ring after a one-year layoff and shoulder surgery against an opponent to be determined.

"It's always good to fight at home," said Broner, who, in his last bout at U.S. Bank Arena in July 2012 stopped Vicente Escobedo in five rounds. "It's overdue. I will not disappoint my Cincinnati fans. I'll make sure to put up a good show for them. Taylor is a young, talented fighter, but he's not ready to solve this 'Problem.'"

"This is the biggest fight of my career, and I won't let it get away from me," said Taylor, who has raised his profile this year with a marquee win over Karim Mayfield just two weeks ago, and a close decision loss to Chris Algieri in February. "All of those hours in the gym were for a moment like this, and I can't wait to show the world what I can do in the ring."

The dynamic punching Matthysse is rebuilding from his stunning decision loss in an incredible fight with Unified 140-pound champion Danny Garcia last September. Matthysse is coming off a thrilling bout against John Molina in April, one that may rank as 2014 Fight of the Year.

"The title is my only goal, and to get there, I have to beat Ortiz," said Matthysse, who is never in a dull fight. "I've heard that he's a tough fighter, but I'm not worried about him. I just have to make sure I'm ready."

"I respect Lucas Matthysse and know how dangerous he is, but this is my time to make a statement, and I will on Sept. 6," said Ortiz, the highly regarded power punching Mexican. "I see holes in his game and I think I'm the better all-around fighter. The world will see that very soon."

"It's been a long time and I can't wait to get back in the ring on September 6," said Berto. "I feel stronger and better than ever, and I'm ready to make another run at the title. But first I have business to take care of in Cincinnati, and I'll be looking for the knockout."

"This doubleheader represents what Golden Boy is all about - scintillating, action-packed fights that will get fans out of their seats and clamoring for more" said Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. "Adrien Broner is a top-level talent who always elevates his game on the biggest stages, and there is never a bigger stage than in front of your hometown fans. But with speed, power and a golden opportunity, Emmanuel Taylor is a tough test. This is a life-changing fight for him, which makes him particularly dangerous. . In the co-main event, one of the hardest punchers in the game, Lucas Matthysse, will also have to dig deep to win when he fights Mexico's Roberto Ortiz. The winner of this fight should be right in line for a title shot in 2015."

"The September 6 edition of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING delivers big stars and dangerous fights," said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports®. "Adrien Broner and Lucas Matthysse are two of the most exciting and entertaining boxers in the sport today, and each is facing a formidable challenge. Broner's opponent, Emmanuel Taylor, is a very talented young contender who has put together a string of impressive performances. Matthysse will be taking on Roberto Ortiz, who has steamrolled through his competition, piling up knockout after knockout en route to an undefeated record in 32 fights. Add to that the return of fan favorite Andre Berto, and you have perhaps the most action-packed tripleheader of the year."

An ultra-talented and charismatic athlete who has captivated the boxing world inside and outside the ring, 25-year-old Adrien "The Problem" Broner (28-1, 22 KOs) has won world titles at 130, 135 and 147 pounds, defeating the likes of Paulie Malignaggi, Daniel "Ponce" de Leon and Gavin Rees along the way. In his most recent bout on May 3, the Cincinnati native rebounded from the lone loss of his career to Marcos Maidana six months earlier with a clear-cut 10-round decision win over Carlos Molina.

Fighting out of Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland, 23-year-old Emmanuel "Tranzfomer" Taylor (18-2, 12 KOs) has been on boxing insiders' top prospect lists for several years, and now he's prepared to show the world just how good he really is on Sept. 6. Owner of wins over Raymond Serrano, Victor Manuel Cayo and most recently Karim Mayfield, this East Coast warrior is ready for the bright lights against Broner.

Considered by many to be the hardest puncher in boxing today, Chubut, Argentina's bomber Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse (35-3, 33 KOs) never disappoints on fight night. An exciting two-fisted banger, the 31-year-old is a former WBC Super Lightweight Champion who has sent Humberto Soto, Lamont Peterson and Olusegun Ajose crashing to knockout defeats. In April, Matthysse knocked out John Molina in the 11th round, and he has similar plans for Ortiz this September.

Ranked fifth in the world by the WBC, Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico's highly touted Roberto "Massa" Ortiz (31-0-1, 24 KOs) has earned his spot in the rankings with his heavy hands and a willingness to fight anyone. A professional since 2007, the 28-year-old Mexican battler has delivered big wins over Fidel Muñoz and Jorge Romero, and with the ability to knock opponents out or take them into the late rounds, he is a versatile puzzle that no one has been able to figure out yet. Ortiz will be making his first start in the U.S., after campaigning exclusively in Mexico as a professional.

A former two-time world welterweight champion, former Haitian Olympian Andre Berto (28-3, 22 KOs) is consistently one of boxing's most exciting fighters, a fact he plans on reminding people of on September 6. Fully healed from a shoulder injury suffered during his thrilling 2013 bout with Jesus Soto Karass the Winter Haven, Florida native will celebrate his 31st birthday a day early when he performs for fight fans in Cincinnati against an opponent to be named.

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oubobcat says:

I would have much preferred to see Broner-Matthysse like everyone else. I think a lot of us are judging this card with the card next week at the Barclays. There is no disputing that this card is better. Emanuel Taylor has a better chance of beating Broner than any of the three underdog opponents on the Barclays card next week.

That said, Taylor is not a top 10 Jr. Welterweight either. He's not even top 20. Taylor does have skills but has never really put it altogether. Yes he did beat Karim Mayfield his last time out but Mayfield looked terrible for most of that fight. I think it was more of what Mayfield didn't do or doesn't have anymore (not that he had a ton but has fallen off in his last two fights a lot).

Look, I understand that a boxer cannot fight tough opponents every time out. However, when you talk the way Broner does and speak so highly of yourself but your 2014 schedule of opponents is Carlos Molina and Emanuel Taylor that leaves a lot to be desired. If Broner were fighting four or five times and these were two opponents and he fought better ones as well, no big deal. But when you fight twice a year and these are the opponents you come up with while proclaiming to be a super star and top pound for pound fighter who is "About Billions," give me a break.

And for Golden Boy who was making a promise to deliver the best fights this is not a good start. The new direction though is still in its infancy stages so I am willing to give another pass. They do need time to put their plan into place and in the mean time still need to be making fights. But as fans, we are watching closely. You promised "the fights the fans want to see." It will soon be time to start delivering. We want to believe you, I want to believe you. Like I said, I am giving a pass here again. But don't tell me this is what fans really want to see...what we want to see is Broner-Matthysse and not Broner-Taylor.

amayseng says:

No surprise one beating this year was enough for Broner, Lucas would have put it on him worse than Chino did

deepwater2 says:

Broner's opponent, Taylor was only fighting 6 rounders or less 3 fights before his last one. Taylor just had a hard fight and is expected to be in top shape so soon? This is the second hand picked opponent in a row for the individual known as the problem. All the cards are stacked in Broner's favor due to the shadow Al Haymon's invisible hand. If Berto is on the card I wonder which valet parking attendant Haymon will get for him to box.

riverside says:

Broner's opponent, Taylor was only fighting 6 rounders or less 3 fights before his last one. Taylor just had a hard fight and is expected to be in top shape so soon? This is the second hand picked opponent in a row for the individual known as the problem. All the cards are stacked in Broner's favor due to the shadow Al Haymon's invisible hand. If Berto is on the card I wonder which valet parking attendant Haymon will get for him to box.


I hear you deep, kind of seems as Haymon is flexing his muscle towards Oscar, there gotta be some mistrust between Oscar and Haymon! The fans need to be reaching a boiling point were the they will backlash toward Haymon. we want to see good boxing matches. For the record We were contacted by the Haymon team, but were advise before hand not to communicate with them. These are two lousy cards At barclay and Now Cinci. have the trademarks of Haymon, with Oscars face disagreeing behind the curtain.

The Shadow says:

I hear you deep, kind of seems as Haymon is flexing his muscle towards Oscar, there gotta be some mistrust between Oscar and Haymon! The fans need to be reaching a boiling point were the they will backlash toward Haymon. we want to see good boxing matches. For the record We were contacted by the Haymon team, but were advise before hand not to communicate with them. These are two lousy cards At barclay and Now Cinci. have the trademarks of Haymon, with Oscars face disagreeing behind the curtain.


The backlash would be misguided, though. Don't blame the manager, blame the promoter. You know that, bro.

The manager is just doing his job. Every single manager in boxing would do the absolute same thing he's doing and they wish that they could.

Cameron Dunkin, for instance, vows to never match his guys, which is smart. Haymon is proposing certain fights but it's up to the promoter to say no.

If he says yes, he's the one to blame, essentially.

deepwater2 says:

I hear you deep, kind of seems as Haymon is flexing his muscle towards Oscar, there gotta be some mistrust between Oscar and Haymon! The fans need to be reaching a boiling point were the they will backlash toward Haymon. we want to see good boxing matches. For the record We were contacted by the Haymon team, but were advise before hand not to communicate with them. These are two lousy cards At barclay and Now Cinci. have the trademarks of Haymon, with Oscars face disagreeing behind the curtain.


I think you are right. Oscar has to act like a professional and have some of these cream puff cards happen while he fixes everything at his company. The Showtime boss and Haymon allow these match ups, so Oscar has to go along with it for the time being.

Broner already had an easy fight last time out against Molina(And did not look impressive) who never even fought at the weight. Now he is getting another easy one.

How does Andre Berto vs TBA get a TV spot at this point in time? He should be at the Buffalo Run Casino in Oklahoma off TV .

Skibbz says:

Mattyhsse Ortiz will be the fight of the card. Ortiz is in good shape and will come and meet Matthysse. After what Molina did he will find some heart and take it to the presumed aggressor I hope.

As for Broner, well now that Taylor beat Mayfield and he lost to the newly crowned 140 belt-warmer Algieri, on paper at least he looks like a relatively strong opponent. I hope Broner's lack of work rate finds him on the wrong end of a decision though, but if Broner steps it up he should beat Emmanuel..

Broner Berto coming up in the future?

riverside says:

The backlash would be misguided, though. Don't blame the manager, blame the promoter. You know that, bro.

The manager is just doing his job. Every single manager in boxing would do the absolute same thing he's doing and they wish that they could.

Cameron Dunkin, for instance, vows to never match his guys, which is smart. Haymon is proposing certain fights but it's up to the promoter to say no.

If he says yes, he's the one to blame, essentially.


Power to Haymon, he made himself the power broker he is!. If anybody here ( barclay and Cinci) looks bad it will be Oscar and not Haymon. fans want to see the best match-ups possible from a fan point of View. Just saying what if the rating don't do so good, which will reflect in future purses, Does Haymon budge at the request of the promoter and match the fighter with stiffer competition on paper?. You know there is no easy fight out there for these boxers. Whach you think?

The Shadow says:

Power to Haymon, he made himself the power broker he is!. If anybody here ( barclay and Cinci) looks bad it will be Oscar and not Haymon. fans want to see the best match-ups possible from a fan point of View. Just saying what if the rating don't do so good, which will reflect in future purses, Does Haymon budge at the request of the promoter and match the fighter with stiffer competition on paper?. You know there is no easy fight out there for these boxers. Whach you think?


The promoters and networks are the ones who decide, ultimately. All managers want a card like that one.

Three of your guys fighting relatively safe fights for decent money?? Come on. They would all love to have that.

I'm sure if the ratings don't show it, they'll be forced to show something better. I probably won't watch the card but I'm going to reserve judgment on the matchmaking until we see how the fights play out.

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