Marcos Maidana caused plenty of problems for Adrien Broner on Saturday night, ending the 24-year-old’s unbeaten reign and ripping away his WBA welterweight title in the process.
What comes next for ‘The Problem’?
Broner’s persona was based upon his unbeaten record, while also managing to convince the boxing world he is the heir to Floyd Mayweather’s pound-for-pound throne when he decides to hang up his gloves.
His antics outside the ropes certainly follow the actions of a younger Mayweather: flushing cash down the toilet, x-rated videos with strippers and a multitude of bizarre YouTube posts are the start of a long list of indiscretions. Broner reportedly has four children too, despite being the younger side of 25.
Quite often, these actions ensure his undoubted boxing ability remains a sideline rather than a headline. The Cincinnati-born brawler has achieved more success than most boxers will in their entire careers.
Having already won a Super Featherweight title against Daniel Ponce de Leon and the WBC Lightweight championship against Antonio DeMarco, Broner stepped up two weight classes to win a controversial decision against Paulie Malignaggi, gaining the WBA Welterweight title and becoming a three-weight world champion at the age of just 23.
It was this title he lost in his first defence to Maidana on Saturday night. The Argentine, a former victim of Amir Khan, proved too powerful for his counterpart. Suggestions Maidana was underestimated do have substance – ‘The Problem’ was seen lounging in the hotel reception with his friends on the night before the bout.
However, possibly more relevant is Broner’s lack of power up at welterweight. Whereas he enjoyed regular knockout successes in the smaller weight classes, he hardly deterred Malignaggi in their fight and struggled to lay any sort of mark on the Argentine, contributing to his downfall – a lack of hurtful punches from the American ensured his opponent could continue pressing forward without fear of being stunned himself.
A move down to light welterweight could beckon for Broner, at least until he develops a few more years in size and stature. Reaching the 140lbs limit wouldn’t exactly be a huge strain, given he weighed in 2lbs under the limit for the Maidana fight.
The American broke his unusual social media silence to call out the new champion for a rematch, but why would he take such a risk at this stage?
Though obviously wanting to reverse his first defeat, the Argentine remains a dangerous proposition. Despite the one-sided nature of the fight, both boxers and Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer have expressed an interest for a rematch, though there is no clause for one in the original contract.
Boxing fans will be curious to find out who Adrien Broner really is. With no unbeaten record to thrive off, can ‘Broner-the-boxer’ come to the fore and battle his way back to the top or will the brash, trash talking fighter fade into the boxing abyss, failing to mix with very elite fighters? For once, it is time for the American do the talking in the ring and not on the outside.
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