Marcos Maidana proved to be the answer to Adrien “The Problem” Broner on Saturday. The two boxers put on a spectacular fight that took place in front of a crowd of over 11, 000 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The Argentine slugger knocked down the heavily favored Broner twice to take the WBA welterweight belt on Saturday evening. This came as a shock to the boxing world because Broner had never lost before.
Maidana was dominant from the start, out-boxing Broner throughout most of the fight. In the second round he delivered a crushing blow that left his opponent staggering on the canvas. Broner barely survived the round.
Maidana gave a great performance that lead to a unanimous decision of 116-109, 117-109 and 115-110 in his favor. The crowd burst into a frenzy after the scores were announced because it was an highly unexpected outcome.
Broner quickly exited the ring after the decision. This was his first loss of his professional boxing career and he was clearly not happy about it.
Broner did have his moments though, and did seem to have the upper hand at some points in the fight. A point was also taken away from Maidana after he head butted Broner during the fight. However, Maidana meant business on Saturday night. He threw a total of 964 punches. He out-boxed Broner, landing 231 power shots to Broner’s 122.
Maidana has been known to give up in some of his previous fights. This time, however, he never seemed to tire and kept on profusely lashing out punches, throwing powerful shots and hard jabs throughout the match.
“The truth is, I’ve never fought anyone like (Broner), and it was a great fight,” said Maidana. “The plan was to fight any way I could do it, and I won because of that.”
Fans threw bottles and cups at the three time champion when he left the ring hurriedly without talking. At the post match press conference, Broner said he was not too worried he had lost. In fact, he said he was going to celebrate like someone who had won. After all he is still the three time champion.
As for Maidana, he may next have to duke it out with Keith Thurman, another fighter who has never lost a match.
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