December 12th, 2013 By John Signorella
DOES ADRIEN BRONER HAVE PROBLEM WITH MARCOS MAIDANA?
NEW YORK, NY- Closing out a stellar year with some savage pugilistic warfare; Showtime‘s set to deliver the last meaningful televised U.S. card on the calender in stunning fashion with a quadruple header of intrigue on Saturday, a show so stacked that it starts at 8 PM ET or 5 PT.
GOT 99 “PROBLEMS” BUT SNACKING AIN’T ONE!
Looking pudgy of late WBA welterweight champion (147 lb.) Adrien “The Problem” Broner (27-0, 22 KOs) will meet former lightweight (135) belt holder and fierce punching mad man Marcos Maidana (34-3-0, 31 KOs) in a scheduled 12 rounds of pound at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
STYLES MAKES FIGHTS
On paper this fight is super alluring. Adrien Broner is a crafty boxer type dude with a solid skill set, and by knocking out 8 of his last 10 opponents; he shows that he has some pop in his shots. However, in his last contest against Paulie Malignaggi; Broner wasn’t able to turn Paulie’s lights out and ended up standing in front of Malignaggi more often then he should have (resulting in Adrien getting hit a ton) to earn a controversial split decision win. In reference to Broner’s weighty issues between fights, losing a ton of weight for each fight has caused many fighters, some of them great, to lose
“GRIT” IS CHALLENGER’S MIDDLE NAME
Marcos Maidana is a proven “nuts and guts” animal and has fought a higher level of competition than his counterpart. Since his lackluster performance and loss via Unanimous Decision 12 to Devon Alexander , Marcos is on a three fight knockout streak. His most current victim; Josesito Lopez helped showcase Maidana’s greatest performances to date when Marcos trashed the rugged brawler before scoring a TKO 6.
SIG’S PICK: Gonna be a fun one. Being the “showboat” that he his; Broner is gonna stand and try to trade with Maidana. Even though I feel Broner will box circles around him early, I believe Adrien’s gonna try to be all macho, make an unnecessary mistake and ultimately get drilled and KO’d to make my Christmas come early sometime around the 10th in a shocker.
UNDER CARD JOINT LOOKS TO SMOKE
Promising future star Keith “One Time” Thurman (21-0, 19 KOs) is in his toughest assignment to date when he takes on vastly experienced Jesus Soto Karass (25-1, 17 KOs) in slated 12 rounds of welterweight (147) action.
SIG’S PICK: Jesus is coming off his best career win knocking out Andre Berto in emphatic fashion down the stretch in an epic encounter. On the flip side, Keith is an extremely durable fighter and can adapt to anything that has been throw at him in the ring so far. Hence: it’s surely gonna be “fight of the year” type stuff in this one, I’m leaning toward Keith, mainly because I don’t think he’s ready to lose just yet.
Also on the show, WBC featherweight (122) belt holder Leo Santa Cruz (25-0-1, 15 KOs) meets once beaten, but sharp scrapper Cesar Seda (25-1, 17 KOs) over a possible 12 frames.
SIG’S PICK: This is another awesome fight on paper! Leo is a very dynamic and explosive new kid on the block. I like him in this fight, a lot!… and think he’ll be a household name soon and an eventual opponent for Guillermo Rigondeaux at some point.
Kicking off the evening will be WBA light heavyweight (175) strap carried Beibut Shumenov (13-1, 8 KOs) squaring off against Tamas Kovacs (23-0, 14 KOs) in a scheduled 12 rounds or less of combat.
SIG’S PICK: Both guys are relative unknowns unless you’re die hard fan. I’ve seen these guys throw hands a bit and gonna pick the champ Shumenov to retain his title here.
Note: Stay tuned right here at Ring Talk for my annual year end awards coming next week! Again, live coverage begins at an hour earlier than usual at 8 PM ET on Showtime.
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