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Maidana overpowers Broner to capture WBA welterweight title
Marcos Rene Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs) shocked the world and pulled off the 2013 ‘Upset of the Year’ by pummeling previously unbeaten three-division world champion Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KOs)to win the WBA welterweight championship last Saturday at the Alamodome T&T Center in San Antonio, TX.
Maidana silenced all of his critics that deeply ridiculed him for his inability to fight effectively against faster boxers. Maidana’s three losses were to boxers Amir Khan, Devon Alexander, and Andrei Kotelnik. In his June 2009 battle with hard-punching Victor Ortiz, Maidana was getting out-boxed handedly before coming off the canvas three times to knock Ortiz out in the sixth round of a wild fight.
The 2009 war with Ortiz was the biggest victory of his career, until last Saturday. Maidana was supposed to have been a stepping-stone for Broner to cement himself as the next big thing in boxing. Broner’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts are off the chain, as his outrageous behavior outside the ring has everyone talking and tuning into see what he is going to do next. Broner’s outrageousness, along with his boxing ability, apparently caught the attention of Golden Boy Promotions who is pushing Broner down everyone’s throats. Golden Boy and SHOWTIME are literally forcing us to have to deal with someone with the immaturity of an Adrien Broner.
“The truth is, I’ve never fought someone like [Broner],” Maidana said. The even bigger reality is the fact that no one has ever seen anyone that takes hundreds of dollars and flushes it down a toilet after himself.
The same way Golden Boy forced everyone to have to deal with someone with Broner’s immaturity, is the same way that everyone has to deal with the shock associated with Broner’s one-sided defeat. Maidana reminded everyone that boxing isn’t fun and games. Once you step inside the boxing ring, there is a level of seriousness, desperation, and despair that is apparent. As entertaining boxing can be as a sport, it’s a lifestyle for many, many fighters that depend on their skills to put food on the table for their families.
Maidana isn’t coming from Argentina to just pose for pictures and posting messages on Instagram. Maidana isn’t trying to travel to America from Argentina to learn how to tell jokes in English. People want to see good fights, and Maidana is paid to make great fights.
All week, Maidana said he wanted to punch Broner in his mouth. Maidana wanted to fight for the WBA world title and wanted to become a champion again. Broner, often compared to Floyd Mayweather because of his speed and shoulder-roll technique, was hit more times in one fight by Maidana than in any fight Mayweather has had in the last three years. It was unbelievable sight, as Broner literally had no answers for Maidana’s punishing left hand.
From the opening bell, Maidana aggressively pursued Broner and scored a knockdown in round two. Broner settled into the fight, but was wary of Maidana;s power. In round eight, Maidana drilled Broner to the canvas following another punishing left hook. Broner returned to his feet and held on to Maidana, who was docked one point by referee Lawrence Cole for head-butting Broner’s face.
After twelve punishing rounds, it was Maidana (not Broner) winning on the judges’ scorecards: 117-109, 116-109 and 115-110.
In other bouts: interim WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman took full advantage of his ‘One Time’ chance at the big time by knocking out Jesus Soto-Karass. The victory was another tremendous victory for Thurman in 2013, as he will resume is ‘One Time’ chance at stardom in 2014.
After having been stunned in the opening round, Thurman scored knockdowns in rounds one, five, and nine before finishing Karass with a left-hook, left uppercut combination at 2:21 of the ninth round.
“There’s a lot of tough guys out there but ‘One Time’ represents the KO every time,” Thurman said. “They can take it for a few rounds, but they can’t take it for 12 rounds. Everyone’s dangerous with an 8oz. glove. Luckily, God willing, I was able to stand with [Karass], go toe-to-toe and get him out of there.”
Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs) successfully defended his WBA light-heavyweight championship with a third-round knockout of Tomas Kovacs. Shumenov scored knockdowns in rounds one and two, before finishing the fight in round three.
The victory set-up what will be a highly anticipated light-heavyweight championship unification showdown with IBF champion, Bernard Hopkins.
“My main goal is to unify the titles,” said Shumenov. “I know Bernard (Hopkins) wants to fight me. I’d be honored. He’s a truly legendary champion. I would be honored…. I am ready.”
Hopkins, who holds a stake in Golden Boy Promotions, is fresh off his exciting 12-round title defense against Karo Murat in Atlantic City in October. Hopkins, who suddenly finds himself atop the mix of a talented group of rising light-heavyweights, eagerly awaits Shumenov’s challenge.
“I hope he doesn’t fight that well when we fight,” Hopkins said. “That right hand was coming straight down the pike. He warmed up a bit and executed very well. It will be an honor, for me, to take his belt.”
In other bouts: The brother of former unified WBC/WBA super welterweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, Ricard “Dinamita” Alvarez (28-4, 20 KO’s) defeated Rod Salka (18-3, 3 KO’s) via majority decision. The scores were: 95-95, 96-94, and 98-92. Undefeated lightweight prospect Robert Easter, Jr. (8-0, 8 KO’s) knocked out Hardy M. Paredes (16-13, 10 KO’s) in one round.
in the first round. Easter landed two text-book hooks to finish Easter; one to the head followed immediately by one to the body. Paredes took a knee. Then two and the referee counted him out at 2:30 of the round.
Former undisputed middleweight world champion Jermain Taylor (32-4-1, 20 KO’s) knocked out J.C. Candelo (32-13-4, 21 KO’s) in round seven of a super middleweight clash. Undefeated lightweight prospect, Jamell Herring (6-0, 4KO’s) knocked out Lance Williams (6-3, 6 KO’s). Undefeated bantamweight prospect Rau’Shee Warren (17-0, 3 KO’s) beat Jose Silveira (15-10, 6 KO’s), via unanimous decision over eight rounds.
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