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Adrien Broner’s trainer: Title shot first, then Lucas Matthysse


Although three-division titleholder Adrien Broner called out THE RING’s No. 1-rated junior welterweight Lucas Matthysse after defeating Emmanuel Taylor on Saturday, Broner’s trainer, Mike Stafford, would rather his top fighter go for a 140-pound title first.

The 25-year-old Broner (29-1, 22 knockouts) scored a final-round knockdown during his 12-round unanimous decision victory over Taylor, accomplished at U.S. Bank Arena in Broner’s his native Cincinnati, Ohio. On the Broner-Taylor undercard, the 31-year-old Matthysse (36-3, 34 KOs) used a body shot to stop previously undefeated Roberto Ortiz in the second round.

“I would rather wait for a title shot before fighting Matthysse,” said Stafford of Matthysse, who, like Broner, is advised by Al Haymon. “Plus, Matthysse is with Al, so we’ve got plenty of time. Matthysse ain’t going nowhere, you know what I’m saying?”

Broner’s victory was his second consecutive junior welterweight victory since dropping a unanimous decision to Matthysse’s Argentine countryman Marcos Maidana that dethroned him as WBA welterweight beltholder last December.

Before facing Taylor, Broner was coming off a unanimous decision over Carlos Molina in a junior welterweight debut in support of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s majority decision over Maidana in May.

The win over Taylor was impressive, given that the 23 year old had scored his biggest career win in July, rising from an eighth-round knockdown to unanimously decision Karim Mayfield. Taylor’s triumph over Mayfield helped helped him to bounce back from February’s unanimous decision loss to current WBO junior welterweight beltholder Chris Algieri, the man whose title Stafford wants Broner to take.

Algieri will first rise into the welterweight class, where he’s challenging WBO titleholder Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 22. An ideal scenario benefiting Stafford would be for Algieri to lose to Pacquiao, and then, return to 140 pounds for a defense against Broner.

“That could be something. That could happen,” said Stafford. “I think that once we get to next year, there are going to be a lot of changes made in boxing, so you really can’t say what will happen.”

Algieri is promoted by Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing, who has a working relationship with Top Rank CEO, Bob Arum. Stafford’s optimism stems from the fact that there has been a thaw in the adversarial relationship that has existed between Arum and Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya, who has served as Broner’s promoter.

“We just have to allow Golden Boy and Al Haymon do their thing,” said Stafford. “But I do think that it’s getting ready to be really interesting.”

On the other hand, Broner is unlikely to pursue either IBF beltholder Lamont Peterson, a long time friend with whom Broner often trains, or RING champion Danny Garcia, also the holder of the WBA and WBC belts. In addition, there have been rumblings of a potential unification bout between Peterson and Garcia, this, despite hints from Garcia that he is considering a rise into the welterweight division.

“Lamont might also be moving up and give up his title,” said Stafford of Peterson, who, like Garcia, is advised by Haymon. “But you just never know. We just have to wait it out, and we’re willing to do that. The doors will be opening up, I’m pretty sure, and we’ll have that title opportunity.”