The rumored fight between Adrien Broner and Emmanuel Taylor is off before it even had a chance to pick up steam. Taylor’s manager, David Price, informed Tha Boxing Voice earlier today that, while the opportunity to fight one of the biggest names in the 140 lb division seemed like a golden one for Taylor, but the team felt the risk-reward ratio was not appropriate. “Fighting in Cincinnati, the team felt that Emmanuel maybe would not get a fair shake. If he goes into his (Broner’s) home town and comes out with another loss, we’re again having to work on re-building his career.”
Taylor is coming off of a unanimous decision victory against Karim Mayfield last week on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. A fight with Broner would have seen the light welterweight contender graduating to a much bigger stage on a major network. Both sides seemed to be headed toward an agreement earlier in the week but hesitation set in as the ink was ready to go on paper.
Other opportunities remain for Taylor, with a bout with former champion Ruslan Provodnikov being the main target, according to Price.
Price also went on to say Paul Spadafora is being heavily considered as the frontrunner for Broner. A call was made to Spadafora’s attorney in which the rumor was confirmed stating that they are in serious talks but no contracts have been signed.