Adrien Broner steps into the DANGERZONE!

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Updated: December 11, 2013
Adrien Broner

WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner (27-0, 22 KOs) returns to defend his world title for the first time against the hard-hitting, rough, rugged Marcos Rene Maidana (34-3, 31 KOs) on Saturday, December 14, from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX. “DANGERZONE: Broner vs. Maidana” will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing beginning at 8 PM/ET.

In his last bout, Broner excited the Barclays Center in June by taking the WBA 147-pound crown from Paulie Maliganaggi in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY. Broner is being pushed as the heir apparent to Floyd Mayweather and has been endorsed by ‘Money’ himself.

Many criticized Broner for his lose behavior by posting up pictures of himself flushing money down a toilet on Instagram, videos of him with women in a gentleman’s club, and just speaking without making sense on the internet. The idea is that so many people will hate Broner so much, the public will tune-in to hopefully watch him lose.

“It doesn’t matter what I do,” Broner said during a recent conference call. “I just feel like I never get the credit that I deserve, so even when I win this fight, and I’m going to win this fight in a spectacular fashion.”

Broner will be matched against opponents that are not as skilled as he is. Malignaggi didn’t have Broner’s explosiveness or combination-punching. Maidana, although he has power, doesn’t have Broner’s technique, timing, hand speed, or combinations. Maidana isn’t known of having defense either, which will play into the plan for Broner to look spectacular on Saturday.

“One more thing that people don’t understand is the guys he knocked out he was able to hit,” Broner said. “He’s got to hit me first.  He has to hit me first, and he’s never been hit by me.  We’ll all see what happens December 14th. Like I always say, I always say this, I don’t fight anybody the same.  Maidana has to show me—he has to make me respect his power and his boxing skills.  You never know.  When I make my adjustments inside the ring December 14th, then I’ll do what I have to do to get my victory, but until then, we just staying sharp.”

Broner has looked spectacular having won three world titles in three separate weight classes. The former undefeated WBO super featherweight, lightweight, and current WBA 147-pound champion has been criticized for fighting nobodies prior to his fight with Malignaggi in June. Maidana, a former WBA junior welterweight champion, has a good record and is a very stronger puncher. Perhaps Maidana can test Broner like none other, but that’s doubtful since Maidana has difficulty with slick boxers.

 “I mean, you’ve seen the fight,” Broner said. “Paulie’s a hell of a fighter, so a lot of shots, but he couldn’t hit me.  He couldn’t hit me with nothing flush, so with Maidana, he’s definitely a proven hard-hitting puncher, but he’s got to hit me.  It’s not like I’m going to let him hit me.  He’s got to hit me.”

Maidana, as tough as he is, truly believes that he’s going to overpower Broner. Maidana may be in over his head.

“In the past,” Maidana said. “I’ve had a few problems with boxers, slick boxers, but I don’t think Broner is such a slick boxer.  He’s talented, but I’m preparing well.  I had great sparing partners this time.  I adjusted myself and be sure that Adrien is going to respect me in the ring.  I will make sure that he respects me in the ring.”

Maidana has an impressive record on paper and is a former world champion. However, Maidana has fought a number of limited opposition and struggles against fighters at move, punch using angles, and throw combinations.  Maidana is easy to hit, as his defense is atrocious.

Advantage: Broner

“I don’t watch tape,” Broner said. “You know?  I know he’s a hell of a fighter.  He’s going to come to fight.  He’s not going to lie down unless I make him lay down, and I don’t have no problem with laying nobody down.  I have done some Ralphie’s in my days.”

As camp winds down, Broner is eager to test himself against Maidana, one of the hardest punchers between 140-147.

“This is boxing,” Broner added. “You can’t look past or beyond or before nobody, so I got to take it one fight at a time, and right now, my main focus is Marcos Maidana.  The hard-hitting, the body-bruising, the bone-cracking, puncher; he’s a hell of a fighter.  I don’t care.  I don’t care who you fight.  I don’t care who he fights.  If they win or lose, they know they been in there with a tough guy, so I know this is going to be a tough fight for me, not matter if I make it look easy or if I make it look like a tough fight.  I’m just ready.  I’m prepared.  I’m winding down in training camp and I’m just ready to go.

In addition to Broner vs. Maidana, there will be three other televised fights o the card. WBA light-heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov vs. Tamas Kovacs, Leo Santa Cruz vs. Cesar Seda for the WBC Super Bantamweight World Title, and Keith “One Time” Thurman meets Jesus Soto Karass for the interim WBA welterweight title.

Broner-Maidana tickets start at just $10!!

Tickets start at just $10.

“Tickets at the Alamodome—and this is like unreal—starting at $10.00,” said Golden Boy CEO Richard Schafer. “Yes, you heard it right, at $10.00.  For $10.00 to be able to see what is easily the best card of the year. There’s no excuse for San Antonio not to be coming out and coming out in masses.  The tickets are selling very rapidly.  I expect to be somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 people at the Alamodome on the 14th.  This is going to be party San Antonio.  This is going to be embracing the great sport of boxing, and for as little as $10.00, you can be there.”  

Tickets priced at $250, $200, $150, $100, $75, $50, $25, $20 and $10, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges are available  at the Alamodome box office, or through Leija*Battah Promotions by calling (210) 979-3302 or emailingm@leijabattahpromo.com or online at www.ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations, by calling (800) 745-3000.

Beibut Shumenov ready for ‘DANGERZONE’ spot     

Bernard Hopkins maybe the oldest fighter to win a world title, but Beibut Shumenov holds the record for winning a light-heavyweight title with the fewest fights. In January 2010, Shumenov won a split-decision against Gabriel Campeillo to win the WBA 175-pound crown. Shumenov, with only 14 professional fights, has already defeated former world champions Montell Griffin, William Joppy, Byron Mitchell, and other world title contenders.

Shumenov (13-1, 8 KOs), making the fifth defense of his title, makes his Goilden Boy Promotions debut against Tamas Kovacas (23-0, 14 KOs) on the “DANGERZONE” card.

Shumenov is an amazing story on his own right. His dad was an accountant and his mother was a schoolteacher while growing up in Russia. While he was less than one-year-old, Shumenov was fed spoiled milk by his aunt and nearly died. His father returned from work to see his young Shumenov blue-faced. Shumenov had no veins and was given IV through his head and nearly died. For many years, he was sickly child and couldn’t play in sports until he was age six.

Shumenov and his brother excelled in school, as they both pursued interests in law and politics. However, after watching Mike Tyson box on television one day, Shumenov felt inspired to box at age 13. As an amateur, Shumenov amassed as an impressive 180-20 record and competed in the 2004 Olympics, but broke his hand during competition.

Shumenov has been fighting professionally since November 2007. His only loss was a majority decision in a world title fight to Campillo in 2010, but defeated Campillo in a rematch to claim the WBA 175-pound title nearly four years ago.

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