Broner, Matthysse, Berto tripleheader set for Sept. 6
- Updated: August 1, 2014
It will be a homecoming for Adrien Broner on Sept. 6 when he takes on Emmanuel Taylor in the main event of a Showtime tripleheader in Cincinnati.
After suffering the first loss of his career against Marcos Maidana, Broner (28-1, 22 KO) scored a bounce-back victory against Carlos Molina on the Mayweather vs Maidana undercard in May.
“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.'”
Taylor (18-2, 12 KO) recently scored an upset victory against Karim Mayfield on ESPN Friday Night Fights. He now has the opportunity of a lifetime against Adrien Broner.
“This is the biggest fight of my career, and I won’t let it get away from me,” Taylor said. “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 co-main event figures to be a slugfest as Lucas Matthysse squares off against Roberto Ortiz.
Matthysse (35-3, 33 KO) was last in the ring in April. He was involved in a Fight of The Year candidate against John Molina Jr in which both men traded knockdowns. Eventually, Matthysse knocked out Molina in the 11th round and he is looking to continue the momentum in hopes of getting another world title shot.
“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.”
The unbeaten Ortiz (31-0, 24 KO) is a hard-hitting Mexican fighter who is ranked fifth in the world by the WBC. He is without a doubt facing his toughest task against Matthysse.
“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,” Ortiz said. “I see holes in his game and I think I’m the better all-around fighter. The world will see that very soon.”
After being on hiatus for over a year to recover from shoulder surgery, Andre Berto will be making his return. His last fight was a loss to Jesus Soto Karass in an entertaining battle. Although his opponent has not been announced yet, Berto (28-3, 22 KO) is training hard as he looks to end his two fight losing streak.
“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.”
Broner vs. Taylor will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6. The event will take place at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio live on SHOWTIME (9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT)