Vicious Argentinean puncher Marcos Maidana (35-3-0, 31ko) is in familiar territory as he heads into his May 3 showdown with boxing’s premier prizefighter Floyd Mayweather Jnr (45-0-0, 26ko) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He is a 7/1 underdog. Last time out, against Adrien Broner, he was also against the odds (5/1), yet scored the upset of the year and banked himself a marquee match-up. Can history repeat itself or will the American deny El Chino victory?
A return to the division south of welterweight could await Manny Pacquiao if trainer Freddie Roach has much sway in the Filipino legend’s next move as the Wildcard Boxing Club owner believes the 35-year-old will only recapture his knockout power if he campaigns within the confines of light welterweight (140-pounds) or lightweight (135-pounds). Promoter Bob Arum may not be so keen as the ‘money’ fights are at 147-pounds, but here’s five candidates who could bring bucks at light welter and below…
Marcos Maidana overcame Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner in their highly anticipated WBA welterweight title fight on Saturday night by a unanimous decision. The official scorecards were 115-110, 116-109 and 117-109 all in favour of the Argentinean. This meant that ‘El Chino’ took Broner’s title off him in his first defence, which he won against Paulie Mallignaggi earlier this year.
The haters got what they were hoping for. At the Alamodome in San Antonio, on Saturday, December 14, Marcos Maidana not only beat, but brutalised, Adrien Broner. The heavy-hitting and humble Argentine took the brash American’s zero and knocked him off his perch…
El Chino Marcos Maidana shoved an excitable Adrien Broner as he made his way to the scales at the weigh-in yesterday, unfazed at the American’s domineering theatrics, before engaging in a mandatory stare-down and refusing to bow to Broner’s bluster. Both men comfortably made weight and look particularly strong…
Tommy Barber – London
Billy Nelson, the long-time trainer of Scotland’s two-weight world champion pug Ricky Burns, has claimed that his charge can beat motor-mouthed publicity machine Adrien Broner at lightweight, or even super lightweight. The two have been in talks to box before, at the super featherweight division limit, but Burns headed north, to the 135 pound pool.
Alan Dawson – London
Flashy entertainer Adrien Broner defeated Antonio DeMarco in a near one-sided manner on Saturday, November 17 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. In his debut title fight at lightweight, Broner dethroned DeMarco and claimed his WBC belt by beating the proud Mexican at his own game – slugging, however, while Antonio’s brawling style was wild, Broner’s was calculated… cerebral even, and the former champion’s face was cut up, bruised and bloodied as a result.
Official verdict: Broner by 8th Rd TKO.
The first chapter in Broner (25-0-0, 21ko) and DeMarco’s bout was not characterised by any real notable fisticuffs, but more the body language and chat each boxer had. Whenever one would land a probing punch on the other, the recipient would smile, laugh, tap their chin and goad the other on but, by the round’s end, it was Broner whose power was the more telling as DeMarco returned to his stool wearing a mouse to the side of his eye.
In round two, there was a marked difference in speed between the two combatants with Adrien’s speed of fist proving a problem for Antonio with Broner landing the straight right – a southpaw’s nemesis shot – with exceptional force. In the third, a frustrated DeMarco (28-3-1, 21ko) began to increasingly target the body. When in the centre of the ring, he’d attempt a straight left and, with Broner with his back to the ropes, he’d tuck a right hook into the ribs. Broner, though, was controlling the fight largely with the jab yet DeMarco won the third based on his activity.
Gaining self-belief from his success in the third round, DeMarco fought in an aggressive tone that belied a man bleeding from a cut sustained to the side of the eye. An inside brawl erupted midway through the stanza and the Atlantic City marveled shots that were dispatched. Broner landed uppercuts. DeMarco sent in left crosses. Broner threw right hands over the top. DeMarco recklessly brawled and Broner refused to back down, opting to stand his ground and fight behind a peek-a-boo when mid-ruckus as opposed to his trademark cross guard.
Broner picked DeMarco apart in the fifth round. Putting his punches together, Broner began asserting a confident swagger through his ability to land hard combination punches on the inside, bloodying the face of the tough Mexican and rocking his head back with a majority of his quick, powerful overhand shots. DeMarco, for all his bluster waving Broner on to him, was receiving one hell of a beatdown and returned to the stool marked, cut and had to have vaseline smeared over his brow and the enswell pressed into his swellings.
Broner boxed ferociously on the front-foot in the sixth and even though he was completely out-landing DeMarco, because of his motion, he also walked into short-range straight lefts. In the Cincinnati man’s first championship encounter in the lightweight division, it was he who was ruling the belt-holder with a fast, powerful and unforgivingly relentless fist.
The physical abuse ended in the eighth, with DeMarco down on his knees, his corner waving the white towel and the referee awarding the stoppage win to the challenger. Broner lay gloves on DeMarco from all angles… he dug punches into the body, scattered a beating all over his adversary’s face and, when celebrating his victory with his father, looked like he barely had a scratch or sweat on his face.
“If I had a choice between being a fighter and a boxer, I’d be a playboy,” exclaimed Broner post-fight to HBO‘s Larry Merchant. “When I got a game-plan and see something, I go after it. Shake ‘em, bake ‘em, cook ‘em and eat ‘em – no homo. I knew he was coming to fight. He’s a world class fighter. I knew he didn’t have the skills to beat me. I wanted to make a statement.”
That statement is clear… Broner wiped out arguably the number one guy at 135lbs and didn’t even hit top gear. Broner looked majestic, but what may be concerning for his rivals at lightweight and even junior welterweight, is that we may have not yet seen his best.
Photo Credit: Naoki Fakuda
This evening marks another evening of “The Adrien Broner Show”. That’s what the world champion boxer called his 12-round fight against Antonio DeMarco (28-2-1, 21ko) at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The native Cincinnatian will be attempting to gain his second world title against DeMarco, this time the WBC lightweight title. It was nearly a year ago when Broner (24-0-0, 20ko) won the WBO super featherweight championship in his hometown. Since then, Broner has continued to rise to stardom now becoming a fixture in the global boxing scene and fighting in front of HBO audiences.
At the young age of 23, the future has a lot offer for Broner, and the next step is against the experienced Mexican, DeMarco. With an impressive record, DeMarco is looking to finish off his best year in the sport. It started last October when he rallied for one of the most exciting knockout finishes of 2011 over Jorge Linares to win the world title. Since then, DeMarco has won twice more, the latest being a first round stoppage over a 24-1 John Molina in September.
“DeMarco is definitely my best opponent so far on paper,” Broner said in a media conference call. “It is the biggest fight of my career thus far. I am not looking past anyone. I have to take it one fight at a time.
“I have been training very hard,” Broner continued. “I want to thank DeMarco and his team for taking the fight and coming to the U.S. to fight me. I know he is a great champion. He is ready and I am ready. It is going to be an electrifying fight and I am ready to go.”
Though the southpaw DeMarco is going to present a new challenge, Broner still believes that he will be able to show his opponent why he’s called “The Problem.”
“You are going to see a totally different Adrien Broner on Saturday night,” Broner said. I am going to be able to show more of my skills on Saturday night because DeMarco has such talent. They say if one good talent goes up against another good talent, it brings out something in the elite.
“DeMarco has fought good guys, but he hasn’t fought me.”
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Despite providing the main support to the Scottrade Center, Saint Louis main event – headlined by hometown favourite Devon Alexander and heavy-hitter Marcos Maidana on February 25 – Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner stole the show due to his headline-grabbing ring-walk, the undoubtedly elite-level performance he produced against a high-calibre challenger in Eloy Perez and, of course, his fight-ending knockout of the erstwhile undefeated Californian.
On The Beak – Admin
WBO super featherweight world champion Adrien Broner has the boxing world buzzing after his knockout win over Eloy Perez on Saturday, February 25 at the Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, however, there was one fighter who wasn’t so impressed: “A lot of people think I beat Broner when we fought last year,” stated former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon. “I fought him in his own weight division and he still couldn’t do anything to me.”
Broner (23-0-0, 19ko) and Ponce de Leon faced off on March 5, 2011 with Broner getting a one point advantage on two of the judge’s scorecards. ‘You need to have punching power to make Broner respect you,” he added. “I’d like to face him again in the near future. Right now I’m focused on winning the featherweight title.”
Ponce is currently making his case for a fight against WBC featherweight ruler Jhonny Gonzalez. This, having slayed Omar Estrella by way of sixth round ko.
“Ponce de Leon versus Jhonny Gonzalez would be fight of the year material. There’s no doubt in my mind,” said Ponce de Leon’s manager Frank Espinoza Sr. “They have eighty knockouts between them. It’s the kind of match up that makes boxing fans out of every day sports fans. We’re looking to make it happen before the end of the year.”