Will fight Rodriguez at U.S. Bank Arena
The first world title fight in Cincinnati in 10 years was officially announced Tuesday, with junior lightweight Adrien Broner vowing to live up to the hype.
"On Nov. 26, I know I'm going against a very good fighter Vicente Rodriguez of Argentina," Broner said. "He's 34-2 with 18 knockouts. I want him to bring his A game, B game and C game. We're going to put him in the four corners and see what he can do."
Broner, 22, who began boxing as an amateur at the Millvale gym, is 21-0 with 17 KO's. He's the WBO's top-ranked fighter at 130 pounds, and Rodriguez is No. 6. The WBO junior lightweight crown is vacant. The scheduled 12-round bout at U.S. Bank Arena will be televised on HBO's "Boxing After Dark."
The promoters aim to capitalize on college students and other folks returning to town for the Thanksgiving weekend.
It is the city's first world title fight since Tim Austin beat Steve Dotse on June 16, 2001 for the IBF bantamweight belt.
Broner, sharply dressed in red shirt, black vest and black bowtie, showed well Tuesday in a press conference. The English Woods native has a big smile, relaxed delivery and playful demeanor that makes his braggadocio come across as more mellow than mean.
His parents, Thomas and Dorothy, were on hand as was his coach, Mike Stafford, and promoter Andrew Williams.
"(Rodriguez) is going to have to make me respect his boxing skills," Broner said. "With me being on my A game, I don't see nobody touching me. I don't see it happening."
Tickets - $28, $53, $78 and $128 for ringside - are available at the arena box office, 800-745-3000 and ticketmaster.com.
by John Erardi
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