This fight had so much shock appeal to it that it was named Potshot Boxing’s Fight of the Month for December of 2013 and Potshot Boxing’s Upset of the Year for 2013!!
The boxing world was treated to a humbling ceremony on December 14, 2013 in Texas as Adrien “The Problem” Broner was doing everything outside of the ring such as rapping and talking trash, instead of looking at the task at hand which was defending his WBA welterweight title against Marcos “El Chino” Maidana.
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Maidana is an aggressive style fighter that gives all of his opponents’ trouble even though he may lose the fight in the end.
Going into the fight with Maidana, Broner just did not take Maidana seriously enough as Broner probably felt like most of us felt about this fight and that was Maidana was tailor-made for his elusive aggressive boxing style.
Broner was looking cement his status as one of the best up and coming fighters in the sport; and with a win over Maidana, the comparison to his “Big Brother” Floyd Mayweather, Jr. would have started to gain serious steam around the boxing world.
Maidana really did not have anything to lose going into the fight because he was already a boxing fan favorite given that he is a super aggressive fighter that stalks his opponents round by round which boxing fans appreciate.
In the lead up to the fight, Broner did a lot of trash talking, while Maidana just seemed to take it all in and wait to do his talking in the ring on December 14, 2013. Before the fight, most boxing experts picked Broner to win this fight easy, but I felt that Maidana did have a chance in this fight if he could use his effective aggression to outwork Broner and win some rounds; well, Maidana did just that!!
Maidana use his effective pressure to outwork Broner for 12 rounds in and the process, Maidana knocked Broner down in the 2nd and 8th rounds of this fight which were the first two times Broner ever tasted the canvas. Broner landed some good counterpunches on Maidana in the middle rounds of this fight, but Maidana’s work rate and undeniable pressure kept surging ahead.
Maidana did a great job in this fight focusing on Broner’s body, and he was able to wear down Broner with brutal body shots and combinations that he landed on Broner. In the 8th round Maidana had a point taken away from him after he knocked down Broner in that round when he fouled Broner by using his head to hit Broner’s chin.
In the end, not even a point deduction would derail Maidana’s determination to take Broner’s WBA welterweight title as Maidana close the show like he did for the entire fight and that was use his unbelievable pressure to overwhelm Broner. Broner tried to make a late comeback, but Maidana just simply whipped Broner from pillow to post en route to a shocking 12 round unanimous decision upset victory over Broner.
Maidana is now the new WBA welterweight champion and Broner suffered the first defeat of his professional boxing career.
Let this fight be a lesson to all fighters in the sport of professional fighting. Number 1; never look past an opponent, and Number 2; never write a check your butt can’t cash.
Now, I am not saying that Broner could not cash the check that he was writing, but at least bring the right fight game plan to back up the check you were writing.
This is a case of a fighter in Broner who simply did not know how to deal with effective pressure.
I hope that the beating Broner took from Maidana turn out to be a learning experience for Broner as I still feel that he will one day become one of the best fighters in the sport, but for now, if I was Broner, I would look to “Big Brother” Floyd Mayweather, Jr. to teach me how to deal with effective pressure.
As for Maidana; he is all-action, entertaining, and always willing to fight. This is the type of fighter boxing fans will follow anywhere no matter whether he wins or loses. He will surely have a whole lot of money and welterweights knocking at his door in the future.
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