By Chip Kuehn: Marcos Maidana (34-3, 31 KO’s) is ready to go out and put everything on the line tonight against WBA 147 lb. champion Adrien Broner (27-0, 22 KO’s) at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Maidana dislikes Broner so much that he wants nothing more than to punish him badly for all the trash talking he’s done in the build up to this fight.
But more than that; Maidana knows that he needs this fight to make a name for himself and take his career to the next level. He can’t afford to have Broner beat him if he wants to get the bigger fights or continue to be an in demand fighter for Showtime.
Maidana said “If he wants to win, he’ll have to kill me first. He’ll have to shoot me.”
Broner is definitely going to bring it tonight, although he says he’s going to be a different type of fighter. Broner will likely use boxing rather than slugging to win a decision tonight. Everything that we’ve seen in Broner’s sparring sessions suggests that he’s going to look to take the fight the distance rather than looking to get Maidana out of there. In most of the sparring footage that Broner has been seen in, he’s moving constantly, putting his arms far out in front of him to push away his sparring partners to keep them at a distance. He’s doing this even when moving.
It looks like Broner isn’t going to let Maidana set up his offense to throw body shots or any kind of shots. Broner will reach out push Maidana’s head by shoving off or slapping him with punches to upset his rhythm. Fighters aren’t supposed to be allowed to do this kind of thing for any length of time without receiving warns and having points taken off, but it’s doubtful the referee working tonight’s fight will keep Broner in check. If he wants to push off on Maidana’s head for 12 rounds, you can bet Broner will be allowed to do this. After all, he’s the star in this fight and Maidana is just the guy that is bring brought in to fight him.