Broner faces his toughest opponent in Maidana

Marcos Maidana(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Greg Stiller: WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner (27-0, 22 KO’s) goes into this Saturday’s fight against Marcos Maidana (34-3, 31 KO’s) as the favorite to win, but don’t be surprised if we see an upset in this fight. A lot of what Broner has accomplished during his 5-year pro career has been against less than the best fighters.

To be sure. Broner has won three division world titles, but he’s no one that you can call a really good fighter to get those belts. Broner has been lucky that way or you might want to see it as a case of Broner’s promoters at Golden Boy being very careful about the guys they’ve matched him against in order to have him to look better than he actually is. Maidana, although flawed, is still more of a test than any of the other guys that Broner has fought during his career.

Broner defeated Argentinian Vicente Martin Rodriguez by a 4th round stoppage in 2011 to pick up the vacant WBO super featherweight title. Rodriguez was recently beaten by journeyman Sergio Javier Escobar (25-20-3, 10 KO’s) by a 3rd round stoppage last April. In November of 2012, Broner defeated Antonio DeMarco by an 8th round stoppage to claim the WBC lightweight title. DeMarco had been dominated by Jorge Linares in 2011 and had barely been able to rally to beat him.

Last June, Broner defeated Paulie Malignaggi to win the WBA welterweight title in beating him by a 12 round split decision. Those are three titles that Broner has captured, but he’s not faced the best in those divisions. That’s not to say that Broner wouldn’t have won a title at super featherweight if he had fought the best, because that’s a weak division, especially when Broner held the WBO title. But it would be a very difficult fight if Broner were to have fought the unbeaten Terence Crawford for the WBC lightweight title in 2011, and it would be equally problematic if Broner had to fight Keith Thurman for the WBA welterweight title.

Maidana might not be the classiest of fighters or the fastest, but he’s still a clear step up frmo the guys that Broner has been feasting on at lightweight and super featherweight. Maidana hits hard and he’s capable of getting you out of there if you stand in front of him for too long.

Maidana said “The plan is when I fight Broner, I am going to hit him everywhere and be busier. I’m prepared to throw many punches in the fight and pressure him. I’ve also trained to cut off the ring. It’s very important to attack the body, the arms and later the head.”

It’s smart that Maidana has been training to cut off the ring and to go to the body, because Broner has already said that he plans on using something new that fans haven’t ever seen him do before. If you look at the sparring that Broner has been doing, it’s pretty much all movement oriented. He’s not going to stay in one place in this fight because they realize that this would be a dangerous thing for them to do against Maidana.