SAN DIEGO, December 14, 2013 – Marcos “El Chino” Maidana presented a real problem for Adrien “The Problem” Broner in San Antonio Saturday, winning an upset unanimous decision after 12 rounds of nonstop action. It was a matchup sure to be on every writer’s Top Ten Fights of 2013 and a serious candidate for “Fight of the Year.”
If you missed it Saturday night because you were attending a holiday party, be sure to see Showtime’s replay of the fight on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. ET/PT.
Broner (27-1, 22 KOs) failed to answer the many naysayers who said the three-division champion had never faced anyone considered a true threat. The hard-punching Maidana (36-3-0, 31 KOs) didn’t let Broner get a word in edgewise, coming out aggressively and staying far busier than Broner throughout the bout.
Out of 1,364 punches thrown in the fight, Maidana threw 964 of them, Broner only 400. Maidana landed 231 power punches to Broner’s 122 power shots. Those numbers plus the two knockdowns gave Maidana scores of 115-110, 116-109, and 117-109 from the judges.
Maidana and trainer Robert Garcia put together a smart game plan for Broner including body shots to wear Broner down and diminish his power, reducing the knockout threat to Maidana. Maidana added in roundhouse rights Broner couldn’t see coming.
Maidana knocked down Broner for the first time in his career, once in the second round and again in the eighth round. As Broner tried to hold Maidana after knockdown number two, Maidana headbutted Broner; referee Laurence Cole docked Maidana a point on the scorecard.
Broner proved he could take a punch and get back up, but he also proved he doesn’t stay busy enough to compete with an aggressive fighter like Maidana. Broner nearly lost to an aggressive Paulie Malignaggi back in June. The writing was on the wall.
Maidana said in the ring after the fight, “The truth is, I’ve never fought somebody like him. It was a great fight … The plan was to fight any which way I could do it. I won because of that.”
Broner’s antics and distractions outside the ring, which can generically be lumped into the categories wine, women and song, may have finally caught up with him. He needs to turn serious attention to his sport if he is going to resurrect his career from this defeat.
The undercard fights also provided exceptional boxing action for the 11,312 fans at the Alamodome to end the 2013 boxing year. In the co-main event, welterweight Keith Thurman (21-0, 19 KOs) stopped the tough Jesus Soto Karass (28-8-3, 18 KOs) at 2:21 of the ninth round to retain his interim welterweight title. Thurman is a thoroughly entertaining boxer who a lot of people would now like to see in the ring against Maidana.
Super bantamweight Leo Santa Cruz (26-0-1, 15 KOs) successfully defended his title against a tough Cesar Seda (25-2, 17 KOs) in a unanimous decision. As usual, Santa Cruz outworked Ceda, throwing over 800 punches in the fight. Santa Cruz apologized for not giving the fans a “better fight.” The partisan Mexican crowd didn’t mind a bit.
Showtime’s televised fights began with a bang courtesy of light heavyweight Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs), who made quick work of previously undefeated Tamas Kovacs (23-1, 14 KOs) via a third round TKO. Shumenov landed a wicked left hook to Kovacs at the end of round one, scored another knockdown in round two, and by the third knockdown Kovacs was done.
Shumenov said after the fight he is ready to fight light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins and would be “honored” to fight him. BHop, who was ringside for the fight, came into the ring and replied that he would be honored to fight Shumanov and take his belt. It’s a gift under the Christmas tree for fight fans in 2014.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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