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Broner decisions Taylor

Photos: Hoganphotos / GBP

Photos: Hoganphotos / GBP

In front of 8,115 hometown fans at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, former three-division champ Adrien Broner (29-1, 22 KOs) scored a hard-fought unanimous decision win over a game Emanuel Taylor (18-3, 12 KOs) in the main event of a Showtime tripleheader.

Broner got off to a quick start by being very active in the first round.  Using his quick hands, “The Problem” managed to land speedy combinations while Taylor seemed unsure of how to get started.  However, Taylor finally began letting his hands go, turning the fight into an action-packed affair.  On a few occasions, Taylor managed to pin Broner along the ropes, enabling him to land straight right hands and left hooks in what was easily Broner’s most vulnerable positions.

“You have fake champs who don’t want to see them in a tough fight, but I’m still pretty,” Broner said after the fight.

During rounds 7-9, Broner again took control of the fight, with flurries that were scoring him points. In the final rounds, a late combination, punctuated by a left hook/uppercut from Broner, sent Taylor down to the canvas.   In the end, Broner came away with the win with scores of 115-112, 116-111 and 116-111.

“I said my next fight should be Matthysse and he can get it. If it was up to me I’d fight him with this cut on my head tonight,” declared Broner.

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In the co-feature, Lucas Matthysse (36-3, 34 KOs) made quick work of the previously unbeaten Roberto Ortiz (31-1-1, 24 KOs) albeit in a somewhat controversial manner.  The first round saw neither fighter land anything of note, but in the second round, Matthysse began to get busy and a left hook to the body sent Ortiz down.

Ortiz spit out his mouthpiece on the way down and remained on one knee until the nine count, after which he got to his feet. However by then, referee Benji Esteves had made up his mind and waved it off.

“I did get him really good on the body,” Matthysse said through a translator. “But if he was ready to get up I was ready to fight. It was not what I expected, but this is what I have now. And now I challenge Danny Garcia to stop being a chicken, to stop fighting little boxers and come and fight me.

“If Garcia doesn’t come then I’ll have Adrien Broner. I’ll have anybody.”

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Finally in the opening bout of the evening, Andre Berto (29-3, 22 KOs) scored a 10-round unanimous decision win over Steve Upsher (24-4-1, 6 KOs).

Berto was off and running form the opening minutes as he looked to establish a quick and stiff jab that went upstairs and to the midsection of Upsher. In the second round, Upsher landed a few clean combinations, including a right had that appeared to buzz Berto and found success with hooks on the inside when Berto tried to tie him up.

Following a good second round though, Upsher began fighting tentatively and only made an offensive stance about every other round that simply wasn’t going to cut it. Berto then stunned upsher in the early part of the seventh round with a three punch combination, and the former two-time champ took over the last few rounds to cruise to a win with scores of 99-91 from all three judges.

“I’ve been off for a while but everything fell into place pretty well,” Berto said. “I definitely wanted to get the rounds in. After the first round I felt like I could hit him whenever I wanted to. Virgil has been making sure my jab was on point and my boxing skills were on point. I’ve always had power and speed, but he’s been making me stick to the boxing skills a bit more.

“The welterweight division is wide open and there are a lot of options out there. I’d definitely like to fight some of the guys that I took Ls (losses) from. I appreciate those ass-whoopings I got but now it’s my time to get mine.”

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