Scotland’s great boxing hope Josh Taylor has called for a bout against the man who used to be America’s top prospect – Adrien Broner.
The super-lightweight contender is currently competing in the World Boxing Super Series tournament, but is already eyeing potential opponents for once he is finished with the competition.
Loud-mouthed Broner was comprehensively beaten by eight-weight world champion Manny Pacquiao last month, but insisted he won the bout in an explosive post-fight interview – not out-of-character for the 29-year-old.
When asked about the interview, Taylor told Boxing Social: “I really don’t think that he believes he won that fight [against Pacquiao]. He’s a f***ing idiot.
“My personal opinion of him, I think he’s an a***hole, he’s really disrespectful.
Much more likely Broner is keenly tuned into the political ramifications of what would happen if the Brexit penalties were paid in Euros and is making a far left commentary on where the U.K. should stand internationally on far bigger issues.
Manny Pacquiao gave Adrien Broner a comprehensive drubbing and then proceeded to call Floyd Mayweather on Saturday night.
However, retired, 50-0 legend Mayweather took no notice of the challenge from Pacquiao ringside at the MGM Grand, and it looks as though that rematch won’t be happening any time soon.
As for the fight itself, it began tentatively as the 40-year-old Pacquiao made a few offensive lunges and Broner countered in the opener.
Manny utilised his jab to break through his foe’s guard, hurling combinations at the American who had little answer early on.
Adrien Broner attempted to tie up his opponent and frustrate him in the third, but still ate multiple southpaw straight left hands.
He fired his own right counters, but could not land with much consistency throughout the bout, except in the fourth which was seemingly his best session of the night.
In the middle rounds, the Filipino pursued Broner around the ring with mixed success, but was still comfortably outscoring his opponent who simply wasn’t throwing enough leather.
Come the seventh, Manny Pacquiao made a major breakthrough.
The sequence started with one clean left hand which had Adrien Broner badly hurt up against the ropes. He clung on for dear life to avoid being relentlessly blasted with combinations.
The American survived the round and then seemed content to merely survive the fight, as he saw out the remaining minutes in a similar fashion to how he did in his last defeat to Mikey Garcia – with little apparent desire to turn things around.
Come the final bell, the 29-year-old was soundly beaten and the judges declared Pacquiao a 117-111, 116-112, 116-112 unanimous decision victor.
“I feel so happy that I did my best in the fight. I thank God for this victory,” said the winner in his post-fight interview.
“At the age of 40 I just want to give my best.
“I proved it again, at the age of 40, Manny Pacquiao shall continue.”
The eight-weight world champion was then asked about a rumoured potential rematch with former rival Floyd Mayweather, to which he answered: “Tell him to come back to the ring and we will fight, I’m willing to fight again.”
Mayweather, sat ringside, gave no response.
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Adrien Broner hurled expletive-laden insults at ‘Hall of Fame’ Showtime broadcaster Al Bernstein during a press conference on Wednesday.
The American is due to face Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night in Las Vegas, but first started another fight in the build-up.
Near the end of the press conference with Pacquiao, Broner was asked a question by Showtime host Bernstein, however, he refused to answer it having taken issue with previous comments made by the 68-year-old.
“I don’t f*** with you, bro,” Broner responded, “You’ve been talking too much s*** about me on Twitter, bro.
“Yeah you, b*** a** n****, I’mma let you know. I’m just being real. I already feel like you against me.”
Adrien Broner goes off on Showtime's Al Bernstein at the final press conference before his fight with Manny Pacquiao. Refuses to answer questions, then gets his team to do the same. pic.twitter.com/D4c4DDYfFZ
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The American instead won an exhibition bout against the massively overmatched Tenshin Nasukawa in Tokyo, Japan and insists he remains retired.
Regardless, there is still speculation that he will return for the rematch, especially following his encounter with Manny at an NBA game last week, and now with this confirmation that he will be ringside for this weekend’s fight.
January is often a quiet month for the sport and that remains the case in the UK with no major shows taking place in the opening month of 2019.
However, thanks to America’s ever-broadening broadcast landscape, there will still be plenty of fights to watch in the first few weeks of the year.
You can read a full rundown of the upcoming boxing schedule below.
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January 13: Jose Uzcategui vs Caleb Plant (IBF Super-Middleweight Title) – Microsoft Theater, LA, USA
The year begins with a Sunday night show in which IBF super-middleweight champion Jose Uzcategui defends his title against mandatory challenger Caleb Plant. The Venezuelan picked up the belt in far from ideal fashion after James DeGale vacated it and so will be looking to prove his world level legitimacy in his next few fights.
January 18: Bryant Jennings vs Oscar Rivas (Heavyweight) – Turning Stone, New York, USA
American heavyweight Bryant Jennings will face an intriguing test in the form of unbeaten Oscar Rivas to kick of his 2019. The heavyweight division is thrilling at present, though Jennings has become a forgotten man in this mix – something he will need to change in order to secure a second title shot.
January 18: Demetrius Andrade vs Artur Akavov (WBO Middleweight Title) – MSG Theater, New York, USA
While there are no UK shows in January, British promoter Eddie Hearn is still working as he will be hosting this card in the US. Newly crowned WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade fights former Billy Joe Saunders opponent Artur Akavov in the main event, while Jorge Linares continues to build his super-lightweight record on the undercard.
January 19: Manny Pacquiao vs Adrien Broner (WBA ‘Regular’ Welterweight Title) – MGM Grand, Las Vegas, USA
It’s rare to see a card of this magnitude so early in the calendar, as January is not an ideal month for PPV events. Nonetheless, eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao will defend his welterweight belt against four-weight king Adrien Broner on a show which features a light-heavyweight clash between Badou Jack and Marcus Browne, plus a vacant bantamweight title fight – Nordine Oubaali vs Rau’shee Warren.
January 26: Jamie Munguia vs Takeshi Inoue (WBO Super-Welterweight Title) – Toyota Center, Houston, USA
Having only recently turned 22, Mexico’s Jaime Munguia is one of the youngest world champions in boxing. As such, he is still learning his trade and will take on Japanese challenger Takeshi Inoue in his next bout. On the undercard, Jesus Rojas defends his WBA ‘Regular’ Featherweight Title against Can Xu.
January 26: Keith Thurman vs Josesito Lopez (WBA Welterweight Title) – Barclays Center, New York, USA
After almost two years out of the ring, former unified welterweight champion Keith Thurman will return to defend the one belt he has left against the overmatched Josesito Lopez. Thurman is one of the world’s best at his weight and was missed while absent, but now must work to prove again that he’s a welterweight king. Earlier in the night, we’ll see a heavyweight clash between Adam Kownacki and Gerald Washington.
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