By: Dallas Orysiuk
He came in as the 5/1 underdog, but that didn’t stop him; Marcos Maidana came to win. We have seen it before: Maidana was brought in to lose to Victor Ortiz… he won by TKO, Maidana was brought in to lose to Khan, he lost, but almost knocked him out, and we saw it tonight as Maidana dethroned the flashy Adrien Broner.
Previously, Marcos Maidana has been in at least 5 fight of the year candidates and he closed off 2013 with another one against Adrien Broner.
He started off aggressive, coming out with the jab, body work and over hand rights; Maidana clearly won the first round. In the second with a left hook Maidana dropped Adrien Broner for the first time in his career. Maidana won the next few, although Broner looked to regain composure. Midway through the fight Broner’s hand speed became apparent and Maidana looked frustrated as he was forced to fight off of the back foot.
Then in round 8 for the second time in the fight and his career, Broner was dropped by a beautiful left hook from Maidana. Adrien Broner was badly hurt and would not let go of Maidana… out of frustration Maidana gave Broner a feeblehead-butt. Broner put on a show and looked like he was in WWE as he faked an injury; this led to a long break and an absurd point deduction from Marcos. The point deduction wouldn’t have been so bad, but Broner was warned on multiple occasions for pushing, holding and forearms to Maidana’s face, yet referee Lawrence Cole refused to deduct a point. The point deduction led to an all-out assault from Maidana and you could sense the desperation and anger. Early on in the fight, like usual Broner taunted Maidana by humping him… later on Maidanare paid the favor, humbling the cocky Adrien Broner.
Going into round 11 you could sense the desperation as Broner’s corner told him that he needed a knockout to win. Showing tremendous heart, Broner fought through adversity and closed out the show strongly, taking advantage of Maidana’s exhaustion and winning the final two rounds. But it wasn’t enough as Marcos Maidana claimed Broner’s WBA welterweight title by unanimous decision.
He came in determined, and it showed. Robert Garcia had a solid game plan for Maidana and it was proven that despite his limitations… with his will, his power, and determination, Marcos Maidana is a force to be reckoned with.
Marcos Maidana improves to 35-3 (31 KOs) and finally earned the rightfully deserved title he has always wanted. It is unclear who he will face yet, but personally I would like to see him fight Paulie Malignaggi who was victorious last weekend. Aside from Malignaggi there is the option for a fight against Keith Thurman who won impressively on the undercard, a rematch with Alexander who lost last weekend or the newly crowned IBF welterweight champion in Shawn Porter. There is also the possibility of a big money showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Regardless of whom the opponent is, with Robert Garcia in his corner Maidana will be a threat for anyone in the ever so hot welterweight division.
For Broner it’s back to the drawing board as he takes his first defeat and falls to 27-1 (22 KOs). He looked vulnerable against Malignaggi and he lost to Maidana, so it’s clear Broner needs to work on some things including his footwork and work rate.by