Light-welterweight contender Emanuel Taylor is ready to put another dent in Adrien Broner’s fragile record as the Maryland fighter approaches the biggest night of his life on Saturday night.
The ‘Tranzformer’ is aiming to build on his eye-catching win over Karim Mayfield in July and says US Bank Arena opponent Broner has been far from at his best over the past year.
“He was blasted out when he fought Marcos Maidana (in December), and he didn’t look that good against (Carlos) Molina (in May). He stands right there to get hit and doesn’t move around on his feet. I’m a hard hitter, so if I catch him a couple of times it’s going to be night, night for him,” said Taylor.
“Boxing can expect an underdog coming from out of the ground into the bright lights of boxing. It’s going to be a tremendous fight for me. You’re not going to see the last of me after this fight.”
“I have to beat him real bad to get the win, I know that. I know we’re going up against the odds fighting him in his hometown. I’m going to go in there and fight my fight. That’s what we train hard for.
“I saw a lot of weaknesses against Maidana, but that’s not the only way he can be beaten. I definitely can take advantages of his weaknesses but I have some other plans for fighting this guy.
“I’m definitely looking to make a statement. This is the biggest fight of my career. This is what I’ve been working for my whole life since I was a little kid. It’s my time to make a statement,” he added.
Taylor, 23, could position himself for a world title shot at 140lbs with what would be a shock victory over Broner – as a rematch with Chris Algieri could conceivably come into play if Manny Pacquiao inflicts a first defeat on the WBO champion in November.
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