Who wins Adrien Broner-Emmanuel Taylor?
Adrien Broner has stopped 10 of the 12 opponents he has fought in his native Cincinnati, Ohio, where he will compete for the 13th time when he meets Emmanuel Taylor in a 140-pound bout on Saturday.
A three-division titlist, Broner (28-1, 22 knockouts), 25, has said it’s his goal to assure that Taylor (18-2, 12 KOs) is yet another stoppage victim.
Broner’s last two fights at U.S. Bank Arena, which hosts Saturday night’s bout, were knockouts in the third and fifth rounds over Vicente Martin Rodriguez for the WBO’s 130-pound belt in November 2011 and Vicente Escobedo in July 2012, respectively. Broner’s two bouts against Eric Ricker in Cincinnati ended in a no-contest in December 2008 and a unanimous decision victory in March 2009.
Coming off a unanimous decision over Carlos Molina in his junior welterweight debut in support of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s majority decision over Marcos Maidana in May, Broner successfully rebounded from a unanimous decision loss to Maidana last December, his second 147-pound fight.
Taylor, 23, scored his biggest career win in July, rising from an eighth round knockdown to unanimously decision Karim Mayfield in a triumph that helped him bounce back from February’s unanimous decision loss to current WBO junior welterweight beltholder Chris Algieri.
RingTV.com sought the predictions of 18 insiders concerning Broner-Taylor with the results as follows.
Adrien Broner UD 12 Emmanuel Taylor: I guess the best shot at a victory for Emmanuel Taylor would be extending the house fighter the full 12 rounds.
Taylor is overmatched in every other category but figures to be durable enough to hear the final bell, dropping a wide decision in the process to Adrien Broner.
Record: 17-6 [Last pick: Anthony Dirrell UD 12 Sakio Bika]
Adrien Broner, TKO 9 Emmanuel Taylor: Despite an old warning about the perils of going home, Broner will. He’s back in Cincinnati. And he’s back at 140 pounds.
The homecoming looks to be a reset. Instead of “The Problem,” it appears to be a step away from a bad reputation and perhaps one toward a career as a more mature champion.
Quick hands give Emmanuel Taylor a chance. But not much of one against a quicker Broner, who will feel old power in his fight to prove a point at a natural weight and in front of hometown fans.
Record: 19-7 [Last pick: Dirrell UD 12 Bika]
Adrien Broner TKO 10 Emmanuel Taylor: Since being solved by Marcos Maidana, Adrien Broner has taken the slow road back to “billions.” If Broner somehow makes his way back to respectability, that will surely be an upset worthy of an award.
As an opponent for Broner, Emmanuel Taylor isn’t exactly Rod Salka but he’s no top-rated junior welterweight either. Just tough enough to beat Karim Mayfield but not talented enough to beat Chris Algieri, Taylor should make a respectable go of it.
Problem is, he lacks the pop to keep Broner’s hands home and with a susceptibility to knockdowns, Taylor may also find it tough to hear the final bell in Cincinnati, Broner’s backyard.
By design, “AB” gets a little mojo back and stops Taylor late in a pretty good fight because the 23-year-old “Tranzformer” will actually be trying harder to win than survive. That should open doors for Broner to punch his way through to victory.
Record: 17-9 [Last pick: Shawn Porter UD 12 Kell Brook]
Adrien Broner TKO 7 Emmanuel Taylor: Although I remain firmly convinced that the Adrien Broner Express has been reduced to a plodding steam train forever, it will still take a very good fighter to beat him.
Broner is levels above Taylor and this homecoming bout is made to order. Although never stopped, Taylor has shown vulnerability and I expect “The Problem” to go one step further and inflict the first stoppage loss on his opponent’s average resume.
Record: 19-7 [Last pick: Dirrell UD 12 Bika]
Adrien Broner TKO 5 Emmanuel Taylor: I think Adrien Broner bounces back from his previous subpar outings in an impactful manner.
Emmanuel Taylor is coming off a close win over Karim Mayfield but I think this time, “The Problem” will put his speed advantage on display en route to a stoppage win.
Record: 7-1 [Last pick: Saul Alvarez W 12 Erislandy Lara]
Adrien Broner W 12 Emmanuel Taylor: Not a bad fight but still not the elite opponent most of us would like to see for Adrien Broner since the only ones he’s fought, Paulie Malignaggi and Marcos Maidana, gave him plenty of trouble.
Emmanuel Taylor has skills but I suspect Broner is a little better than him in most areas. Broner is a tad overrated due to his outlandish behavior, which some seem to confuse with actual ability.
Its been awhile since Broner has been impressive in a fight but he still has enough to beat a middle-of-the-rung Taylor.
Record: 18-8 [Last pick: Porter KO 8 Brook]
Adrien Broner KO 8 Emmanuel Taylor: Other than motivation, I don’t see anything in Emmanuel Taylor that could give Adrien Broner any major problems.
I don’t see Taylor landing those wide left hooks against Broner as often as he did against Karim Mayfield and I am sure he’ll be unable to draw Broner into the infighting where he feels more comfortable.
Taylor showed pretty clearly against Chris Algieri that he has no idea of how to deal with fast, mobile fighters and Broner fits at least half of that description.
Record: 6-5 [Last pick: Dirrell W 12 Bika]
Adrien Broner W 12 Emmanuel Taylor: Adrien Broner’s big. Broner can’t wait to shine at home. Emmanuel Taylor only takes what you give him and really is not capable of turning it up. “AB” boxes and showboats to a clear points win.
Record: 13-2 [Last pick: Gennady Golovkin KO 7 Daniel Geale]
Adrien Broner TKO 9 Emmanuel Taylor: Adrien Broner is all about exuding confidence. He’ll tell anyone who will listen how great he is. Even after being thrashed by Marcos Maidana last year, Broner said the loss wouldn’t affect him.
Emmanuel Taylor is the opposite of Broner. He’s quiet and can look insecure in the ring. When he fought Chris Algieri and Karim Mayfield, he started slowly. He never found his rhythm against Algieri but did enough down the stretch to defeat Mayfield.
Broner has more talent and that alone usually leads to a victory. Taylor’s effort will be there but Broner will break him down and score the stoppage.
Record: 19-7 [Last pick: Dirrell SD 12 Bika]
Adrien Broner W 12 Emmanuel Taylor: This is no Danny Garcia-Rod Salka but it’s not, on paper, a particularly worthy Showtime main event either.
If Emmanuel Taylor had a notable punch, his chances would be better. He is live in this fight anyways but the harder-hitting, more dynamic Adrien Broner should have enough to earn the decision.
Record: 14-11 [Last pick: Dirrell W 12 Bika]
Adrien Broner UD 12 Emmanuel Taylor: I see Emmanuel Taylor as a solid all-around fighter but I think Adrien Broner is a level above him.
I think it would take a very slick boxer like Chris Algieri or a power puncher like Broner-conqueror Marcos Maidana to beat Broner, particularly at 140 pounds.
Record: 12-5 [Last pick: Golovkin KO 7 Geale]
Adrien Broner KO 9 Emmanuel Taylor: Adrien Broner makes easy work of a young fighter in Emmanuel Taylor who doesn’t have the firepower to stay with him.
Record: 11-0 [Last pick: Terence Crawford KO 10 Yuriorkis Gamboa]
Adrien Broner W 12 Emmanuel Taylor: I’m going with Adrian Broner on a very solid decision over Emmanuel Taylor. I think that Broner will come in with something to prove and that he will be successful with fast hands and plenty of combinations
Record: 11-8 [Last pick: Porter W 12 Brook]
Bradley Starks, guest/fan, Novato, Calif.
Adrien Broner KO 4 Emmanuel Taylor: Love him or hate him, Adrien Broner is a very talented fighter. And unfortunately for Emmanuel Taylor, he’s nowhere near as skilled as “The Problem.”
As Floyd Mayweather Jr. likes to say, “Easy money.” As long as Broner doesn’t get careless trying to put on the show for the Cincinnati faithful, he’ll have a short night and put another KO of an overmatched opponent onto his resume.
Record: 6-1 [Last pick: Dirrell UD 12 Bika]
Adrien Broner UD 12 Emmanuel Taylor: Adrien Broner has displayed his weaknesses in his last few fights, the biggest being a glaring lack of defense. This 140-pound , 12-round, non-title fight will be a match-up of speed vs. speed.
Broner’s more than four-inch reach advantage and edge in hand speed should be all he needs to handle Emmanuel Taylor, who can’t match Broner’s skills and punching power. It will be interesting to see how the hometown crowd greets Broner, who has fought the last few years before hostile crowds and made plenty of enemies along the way.
Record: 11-5 [Last pick: Porter TKO 10 Brook]
Adrien Broner W 12 Emmanuel Taylor: Adrien is a talented star with questions surrounding his rise to the top of the elite. Emmanuel Taylor is a solid pro who will provide us boxing fans with an answer come Saturday night at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati.
Taylor could be a problem for “The Problem” and the Cincinnati sensation will have to dig deep in order to stay alive in the 140-pound battle. Broner should get past Taylor but will look uneasy at times and possibly earn a disputed decision in the process.
Record: 17-6 [Last pick: Porter KO Brook]
Adrien Broner UD 12 Emmanuel Taylor: It’s been a while since Adrien Broner appeared to be a genuine problem. He hasn’t outright destroyed competition since February 2013 when Gavin Rees was fed to him.
Since then, we’ve seen that he can have difficulties with movers and volume punchers with power. That said, Broner is a fine athlete and has the toolkit required to come out on top against B-level competition with ease.
Emmanuel Taylor is a fine fighter but he doesn’t throw enough, doesn’t throw quickly enough and tends to plant himself directly in front of his opponent.
Taylor’s got power but it doesn’t appear to be enough to discourage Broner on the same level that Marcos Maidana did last year. Look for Broner to have a showcase performance en route to a 12-round unanimous decision.
Record: 11-8 [Last pick: Dirrell UD 12 Bika]
Adrien Broner TKO 8 Emmanuel Taylor: It will be interesting to see how Adrien Broner looks against a solid guy. Emmanuel Taylor comes in on the back of a nice win over Karim Mayfield and is looking to parlay that into something even bigger.
Broner struggled and was poor last time out. I expect him to deliver an impressive performance this time. I see Broner starting well having the better of things and, slowly but surely, pushing Taylor back hurting him around eight and stopping Taylor on his feet.
Record: 17-6 [Last pick: Dirrell W 12 Bika]
The insiders have expressed unanimous confidence by a vote of 18-0 that Adrien Broner will handle 140-pound rival Emmanuel Taylor in front of Broner’s hometown fans.
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