Plans for greatness had to be delayed for Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner when he was unanimously outpointed by hard hitting Marcos Maidana last night at the Alamodome in Texas.
Broner jumped up two weight divisions from the lightweight class to pursue fights that would supposedly catapult him to stardom but Maidana wasn’t reading the same script as he came out in the first round swinging wildly and landing huge hooks to the head, forcing Broner to hold on tight. In the second round, Broner faced unfamiliar territory as he was floored by a left hook, much to the amazement of the viewing audiences, both in person and those watching on cable television. Broner got up, but his usual obnoxious expression changed to sudden concern. Maidana, although crude, was still successful in landing power punches upstairs and down, particularly left hooks to the body that were eye catching.
Broner seemed to find a way back in the bout, at least temporarily, as he never stopped walking forward and countered Maidana, a move that saw the two go toe to toe until the eighth round when, again, the Argentinian forced Broner to the canvas once again by more left hooks. If there was one thing that was proven last night about ‘The Problem’ it is that he has plenty of heart and a will to win as he continued and tried to press for the knockout, but it was never to be.
Referee Laurence Cole came under a little fire on his own after continuously warning Broner for use of the forearm and rubbing the glove in Maidana’s face but a point was never taken. Maidana received a point deduction in the eighth for head butting, a move that was born out of frustration after Broner excessively held.
By the end there was no doubt as Maidana looked to be comfortably ahead and the scorecards reflected this by scores of 117-109, 115-109 and 115-110. As soon as scores were read Broner immediately left the ring, pelted by plastic bottles and beer cups as he made his way to his dressing room.
I think what is heavily forgotten is that Marcos Maidana finally has a championship belt around his waist, as the fight was for the WBA welterweight title, a quest for him that had it’s ups and downs and no doubt something that is most important to him, probably more so than beating Adrien Broner.
As of writing, there hasn’t been a word from Broner regarding future plans but perhaps it would do him good to show some humility, especially if he thinks he can cut corners and jump two weight divisions to get in the ring with somebody as experienced and as dangerous as Marcos Maidana.
And you never know, he may just win a fan or two.