Former three division world champion Adrien ‘the problem’ Broner returns home to the US Bank Centre Cincinnati, Ohio, in his second outing since tasting defeat for the very first time in his career and will face up against underdog Emmanuel Taylor on Saturday, September 6th.
Like him or loath him the brash, trash talking Adrien Broner is a showman; a man who craves the spotlight and attention that only big time boxing can bring him. His eagerness to become a hedonistic sybarite has often been raised as one of the reasons why he may not fulfil his potential as a pound for pound superstar. Prior to his split decision loss to Broner, Showtime Broadcaster Paulie Malignaggi stated that it takes more than just the raw talent that Broner undoubtedly possesses to become the best in what is arguably the most competitive weight division in the sport of boxing. He has subsequently been proved right.
One of his biggest Problems is his own self. His Impetuous nature combined with his pure dominance down in the super featherweight and lightweight divisions allowed him to become something of a runaway train and the decision to jump up two weight divisions from 135 to 147lbs to take on a notoriously heavy puncher at welterweight was too much of an ask and ‘the problem’ duly became ‘problem solved’ in a showdown against the tenacious Marcos Maidana. Even ‘Big Bro’ Floyd Mayweather Junior has spoken of Broner’s need to increase his dedication to the sport.
For all his comparisons to Floyd Mayweather though, Broner, to his credit has shown that he was willing to step through the ropes with anyone in taking the fight against Maidana. It may just have been the exuberance of youth but it was refreshing to see him genuinely believing that he could take on all comers regardless of weight. Hopefully fight fans will see that same mentality into his older years unlike Mayweather who is very business orientated in his decisions. An undefeated record isn’t the only true measure of greatness in boxing.
Adrien came through his last bout in a unanimous decision over the distance against a far less dangerous but nonetheless solid and sturdy opponent in Carlos Molina as he dropped back down to 140lbs at light welterweight in an underwhelming victory. Although not elite level, Molina is a good operator. He took Amir Khan 10 rounds before being stopped due to a cut when he used him as a recovery fight after his knockout loss against Danny Garcia and has never been stopped via way of a knock out.
Emmanuel Taylor Won 18 (KO 12) Lost 2 (KO 0) is an opponent with a respectable resume but hasn’t really fought anyone of note other than undefeated fighter Chris Algieri who he lost to via unanimous decision. He did well to get up off the canvas to outpoint Karim Mayfield in his last fight but it has to be noted that he hasn’t even been the full 12 round distance as a pro yet. Broner has been fighting far higher calibre boxers and a knockout in his favour could be on the cards.
Broner after suffering the loss to Maidana Broner is something of a protected asset for Golden Boy who are now cherry picking his opponents much more carefully in a bid to plot a route back to world honours in the 140lbs junior welterweight division and with that in mind he should have too much skill for the relatively inexperienced Taylor.