ADRIEN BRONER overcame a spirited Emanuel Taylor to claim a unanimous 12-round decision in the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati.
Broner’s claims of greatness were exposed last year when Marcos Maidana defeated him, and Taylor attempted to duplicate the Argentine’s success as he came out swinging from the opening bell. The pressure brought some success and after six rounds, it looked like an even fight.
The favourite had promised to knock Taylor out, and came on strong in the second half to secure victory when he dropped his opponent in the final session. A sweet left uppercut caused the knockdown, and it punctuated a thrilling toe-to-toe exchange. Two scores of 116-111 and one of 115-112 confirmed Broner’s superiority. The bout was an entertaining one, but Broner’s performance – for the fourth fight in a row – fell some way short of his promises.