Do you believe in miracles? One man from humble beginnings in rural Argentina does. Tonight in San Antonio Texas, Marcos Maidana scored a unanimous decision victory over WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner. Maidana is now the new WBA welterweight champion of the world, and has become a major player in boxing’s hottest division.
Maidana came out fast in the first round throwing hard hooks and backing Broner up. In the second round Maidana dropped Broner with a hard looping left hook to the jaw as he was backing straight up. The punch looked as if it was going to be a jab to the body and caught Broner off guard. Maidana pressed hard for the knockout late in the second round and may have punched himself out a bit.
Maidana easily won the third round, as Broner appeared to just be trying to clear his head. To his credit, Broner rallied back winning the majority of the middle rounds as Maidana looked very tired. In the eighth round Maidana dropped Broner once again with a hard left hook. Later in the round, in what appeared to be Maidana breaking from a clinch, a minor head-butt occurred which prompted Broner to put on an Oscar worthy performance which involved him rolling around the mat like a two-bit stripper. Referee Laurence Cole deducted a point from Maidana capping off what was another terrible evening for the worst official in professional sports. The drama did nothing to deter Maidana who controlled the bout in the final rounds and won by a wide unanimous decision.
Immediately following the decision, Broner and co. left the ring in a hurry sulking the entire way. Maidana made a big statement tonight and put himself in the running for a shot at pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather jr.
On the under-card Keith “One Time” Thurman battered and stopped the rugged Jesus Soto Karass. Thurman used his boxing ability as well as his punching power in the one sided affair.
Leo Santa Cruz easily out pointed Cesar Seda en route to a 12 round unanimous decision. However, Santa Cruz appeared to struggle with Seda’s southpaw style which doesn’t bode well for his chances should he ever face 122 lb king Guillermo Rigondeaux.
What fight did you enjoy most tonight? Who do you want to see each man face next? Let me know in the comments section below.