It's looking more and more like Paul Spadafora won't be getting the fight with Adrien Broner after all. So all of you who despised the troubled boxer can breathe a sigh of relief that he might sink right back into obscurity. Emmanuel Taylor, who just recently upended Karim Mayfield on Friday Night Fights is reportedly in "advanced negotiations" to take on everyone's favorite jackass (albeit a very talented one), Adrien Broner. Taylor was initially mentioned as Broner's opponent-to-be but then it was reported that he was no longer in consideration. Apparently that wasn't the case.
Although the fight hasn't even been officially announced yet, the venue in Cincinnati, US Bank Arena, is already advertising the bout and selling tickets on Ticketmaster.com. I'm not certain how often this happens or its capacity for legitimacy, but it seems like a good indicator that this fight is in the works. They are also advertising that Lucas Matthysse vs. Roberto Ortiz, and the return of Andre Berto vs TBD, will appear on the card.
Being that Taylor (18-2, 12 KOs) just fought a couple weeks ago, a September 6th fight is a pretty quick turnaround for him. Taylor's win over Karim Mayfield was his first bounce-back fight since losing a unanimous decision to none other than Chris Algieri this past February. Taylor's manager, Dave Price, doesn't seem to have any problem with this though, as he believes Broner's style is well suited for Taylor. Says Price:
"The only losses suffered by Emmanuel are a controversial decision loss early in his career and second one against a previously unknown, but now current world champion in Chris Algieri. People may well wonder if he should even be in the ring with a fighter in the calibre of Adrien Broner, but we all know that styles make fights and both of Emmanuel's losses were to similar style opponents."
"Broner stylistically plays into Emanuel's favor, so if the fans or reporters have low expectations for the fight, it will make for a very pleasant surprise."
After watching Taylor's fight with Mayfield I think it could be an interesting style match-up. Taylor didn't shy away from Mayfield's power, although it did cause him to get dropped once in the later rounds, but he seems like a pretty tough fighter even if there isn't one standout aspect to his game. He looked like he was consistently backing up Mayfield throughout the fight, which isn't something I've seen happen very often to 'Hard Hitta.' Taylor certainly hasn't been been in with anyone of the talent level of Adrien Broner so it should provide a good test, though it still looks like Broner's handlers are a bit hesitant to throw him back into the deep waters.