Maidana: I have a great chance to KO Adrien Broner
By Allan Fox: Former WBA light welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (34-3, 31 KO’s) isn’t predicting a knockout win over WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner (27-0, 22 KO’s) in their proposed fight for November 9th, but he’s giving himself a very good chance of accomplishing that.
At the very least, Maidana expects to hit Broner a lot in this fight, and with Maidana’s power, it might not be good for Broner.
Maidana said to RingTV “One thing is for sure, I will hit him. I am sure that I have a great chance to knock Broner out.”
This is going to be a really tricky fight for Broner, since he doesn’t have the same kind of power that Maidana has, and he’s not able to make up for his lack of power I this weight class by throwing a lot of punches. Broner is a weaker puncher at 147, and he hurts his chances of future success by being unable or unwilling to throw a lot of punches per round.
It could be a stamina problem for Broner that keeps him from throwing a lot of punches. What it is, Broner is going to have problems against Maidana if he can’t knock him out early with something. About the only other thing that Broner can do to survive the 1 round bout is to take a page out of the playbook used by Devon Alexander by clinching Maidana 12+ per round.
If Broner does that he’ll be taking a risk, because not all referees will allow a fighter to clinch 12 times per round for 12 rounds without taking points off for excessive holding. Alexander clearly needed to be penalized in the Maidana fight for holding, but the referee working the fight Steve Smoger seemed to take a hands off approach to the controlling the holding, and that left Alexander free to hold round after round.
Maidana is in the process of signing with adviser Al Haymon. Maidana sees Haymon as being able to take his career to the next level by helping him get the biggest fights. That’s what Haymon is known for – setting up the biggest fights for his clients. This could help Maidana in theory as long as he keeps winning, but if he loses the fight against Broner, it’s unclear what help it’ll be for Maidana to be with Haymon. Maidana needs to keep winning to get the bigger fights that Haymon can put together for him.