Former three-division world champion Adrien "The Problem" Broner and Emanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor held a kickoff press conference at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati on Thursday to formally announce their upcoming showdown on Saturday, Sept. 6.
Broner (28-1, 22 KOs) will return to his hometown of Cincinnati for the first time in two years to face Taylor (18-2, 12 KOs) in a 12-round super lightweight bout in the main event of a Showtime televised tripleheader from U.S. Bank Arena.
In the co-feature, former WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Lucas "The Machine" Matthysse (35-3, 33 KOs) will square off with Mexico’s highly touted Roberto "Massa" Ortiz (31-0-1, 24 KOs) in a 10-round super lightweight bout. Opening the telecast will be the return of former welterweight world champion Andre Berto (28-3, 22 KOs) against an opponent to be announced.
Below is what the participants had to say during Thursday’s press conference:
ADRIEN BRONER, Former Three-Division World Champion:
"I’m more than excited to be back in Cincinnati. It’s like when you spoil a kid -when you buy a kid a new pair of sneakers, the next time they come out they are going to expect another pair. Every time I fought at home I gave my fans a knockout. I spoiled my fan base in Cincinnati. So every time I fight here that’s what they want.
"I have to give them a knockout, I got to. And it’s got to be pretty, too. I think I’m going to hit him with the 30 piece and the biscuit.
"They keep supporting me and I’m going to fight for them. We’ve waited a long time to get to this spot and now we have to stay on top.
"My mind isn’t anywhere but on Emanuel Taylor. That’s my main objective. After I get my job done then I’ll think about another fight. But right now I’m focused on what I have to do."
"I’m going to put on a show like I always do and I’m ready right now.
"I know Taylor pretty well and I respect him, but at the end of the day he’s my enemy. I have to go out there and get my victory.