Broner pelted with trash as he leaves ring after loss
By Dan Ambrose: Right about now Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KO’s) probably wishes he had stuck around after his fight last night against Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) to give a post-fight interview instead of quickly exciting the ring after the judges’ scorecards were announced. Broner looked like a poor sport by leaving without giving an interview.
Broner, who lost the fight to Maidana by a 12 round unanimous decision, was pelted with trash from the Alamodome crowd while he was exiting the ring. It was as if Broner and his entourage had to run a gauntlet in getting to their dressing room, as bottles were tossed from the angry crowd left and right.
Bernard Hopkins was particularly upset with the way that Broner ran out of the ring after the fight. Hopkins said to esnewsreporting “Once you do it, you can’t go back. That’s wasn’t a robbery. When it’s a close fight you might get away with walking out of the ring. But when you get beat down like that and you lost the fight, it’s not no controversy here, you’ve got to stay and show class by facing the music. That was even worse than the fight [what Broner did]. That showed that he can’t handle the reality that he got beat.”
I think it would have been better for Broner if he had stuck around like normal fighters do after they get beaten, and show a little bit of respect to Maidana for him having beaten him. But with Broner dashing out of the ring immediately after the fight without giving an interview, it make him look like a poor sport that couldn’t be bothered to give kudos to Maidana for his win. I believe that’s what got the San Antonio crowd so upset to the point where they littered Broner with garbage.
Broner had said a day before the fight that he wanted Maidana to show him respect after he beat him by acknowledging his victory. But when the shoe was on the other foot with Broner losing, he wasn’t ready to show Maidana the same kind of respect that he wanted from him.
San Antonio fans aren’t by nature ones that like to heave garbage on fighters, but in this case Broner’s decision to leave the ring without showing the courtesy of giving an interview after the fight, and by showing appreciation of Maidana’s talent, it seemed to set off the crowd.
In the future when he gets beaten again at some point, Broner needs to be able to tough it out by staying in the ring and doing what all losing fighters do and that’s show respect to their opponent and give interviews. We didn’t see that from Broner last night and that’s disappointing.