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Apr 25th
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adrien-broner-marcos-maidanaAdrien Broner is not Floyd Mayweather  We never thought he was, but with the similarities in style, background, and their close association, the comparisons were natural.  In fact, although Broner has certainly racked up the haters that Floyd enjoys, he was really the answer to most of their complaints.  He was a Floyd style fighter who had power, and defensive liabilities.  These were long the complaints of many Mayweather detractors... that he made for boring fights.  Broner made many mistakes on his way to the top, in what has become yet another light shone upon the holes in Al Haymon's previously thought perfect progression plan.

Broner took on only a few fighters of note, and had difficulty in most of those match-ups.  Like Wilder, Thurman, and others, Broner enjoyed an HBO/Showtime spotlight during a phase of his career that should probably been saved for FOX and ESPN.  Therefore we get more excited by his brilliance than we probably should have, and get more dismissive of him when he shows chinks in the armor.  The Broner machine was becoming so powerful that he skipped his most natural division to avoid being caught by big punchers like Matthysse and Garcia.  Did they know about his chin the whole time?  Was he purposely matched with light-hitting fighters?  I don't really think so.

Number one, Broner was dropped twice and hurt against Maidana, but Maidana was by far the biggest man, and puncher Broner had fought, and he stood up to the shots fairly well, considering.  He recovered when hurt at a pretty impressive rate, and by Chino's own admission, came back to rattle the Argentine.  De Marco is a big punching lightweight, and he could not bother Broner.  I think he has been carefully matched, but as usually happens in that case, you eventually run into someone who fights beyond what any of their previous encounters suggested them capable of.  That is what happened here.

No, after all the bragging and showboating, it was nothing Broner did wrong that led to his loss to Maidana.  It is what Maidana did right.  With trainer Robert Garcia heading for the fallen grace of a Buddy McGirt if he faced yet another loss for one of his fighters, his skills actually shone through.  He made Maidana a better fighter, but not changing his game; instead merely adding fundamentals to an aggressive style.  The South Americans come to us very raw.  A lot of power, heart, and usually durability, but little else.  Even Sergio Martinez took the better part of a decade to find the right team to develop his style.  Maidana always had the jab to the body feint... so Garcia gave Maidana's arsenal several weapons to use off of that feint.

 He used the overhand right to drop Josesito Lopez, and the hook to drop Broner.  He used straight punches to win the dead spots, while keeping his looping shots to do the damage.  A slick boxer like Devon Alexander will simply box at a distance, but someone who does his work inside is going to have big trouble with this new Maidana.  As for Broner, he should drop back down, and take on the Peterson-Jean winner.  It's the division he skipped, and last belt he has not won of the major four.  These 147lbers are too big for his sparse output of punches.  He needs to find that middle ground of fighters who can test him, but will not walk through his punches, and double up his activity rate.  If he can recover at all, this is the best way.

 Chris Strait

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