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Alexander too much for Maidana
The judges scored the bout 100-90 (twice) and 99-91.
“I believed in my skills,” Alexander said afterwards. “That’s why we moved up to 147 pounds. I felt very strong at this weight.”
Entering the contest, there was talk of Alexander having already reached his peak as a fighter following his technical points loss to Timothy Bradley in January 2011 and a controversial decision win over Lucas Matthysse last June.
Alexander silenced his critics by proving that at age 25, the young St. Louis native still has plenty of fight left and that he learned a lot from his past mistakes. Alexander issued a dominant, one-sided drumming of Maidana, a hard-hitting Argentine with knockout power in both hands.
Maidana is famous for his sixth-round knockout of Victor Ortiz (June 2009), a war with Amir Khan (December 2010) and Erik Morales (2011). Many expected Maidana to be too powerful for Alexander at 147 pounds and he would ‘catch’ Alexander in the alter rounds.
The fight was over as soon as it started, as Maidana had nothing in his punches to dismay Alexander’s determination. Maidana fought as if he was assured another big fight regardless of his performance. Alexander fought as if his entire career depended on one great, spectacular showing in front of his friends and family. Alexander’s combinations were too sharp and accurate for Maidana’s one-punch bombs that packed little pop. Alexander was the boxer, puncher, and technician that took Maidana, a slugger (at best), to school.
Alexander was so dominant it appeared as though he was going to knock Maidana on one occasion. What appeared to be a pummeling left hook that sent Maidana onto the canvas was ruled a slip.
Alexander boxed cylinders around Maidana, who should strongly reconsider a return to junior welterweight.
Alexander’s performance against Maidana was his best since he unified the WBC/IBF 140-pound titles with a scintillating knockout of Juan Urango in – 2008. Alexander’s stoppage of a once highly-touted Junior Witter was also a fine performance. Hopefully, Alexander can remain focus and resume his career at the highest level that he’s capable of.
Broner KOs Perez
They call him “The Problem.” Adrian Broner (23-0, 19 KOs) had too much size, speed, power, and boxing skills for Elroy Perez (23-1-2, 7 KOs). Broner, making the first successful defense of the WBO junior lightweight championship, knocked Perez out at 2:24 seconds of the fourth round of a stellar performance.
Broner, 22 of Cincinnati, OH, said afterwards: “call me the ‘CAN-man’ ’cause anybody CAN get some, Mexi-CANs, Afri-CANS, Ameri-CANs, even republi-CANS.”
Broner won the vacant WBO 130-pound title with a thrilling third round knockout of Martin Rodriguez last November. Broner also has wins against long-time veteran and former world titlist, Daniel Ponce De Leon and Jason Litzau.