By Luis Sandoval
After his fight with Paulie Malignaggi this past June, current WBC Lightweight and WBA Welterweight champion Adrien Broner said he would let the fans pick his next fight. It looks like Broner will grant fans their wish as he has his eyes set on a showdown with hard hitting Argentinean Marcos Maidana.
BoxingScene reported this past Thursday that a fight with Broner and Maidana was being worked on for November 9th as a Showtime Pay-Per-View event. When BoxingScene spoke to Adrien Broner, he confirmed Maidana is indeed the fight he wants to make and promised he’d be ready to go toe to toe.
“That’s definitely a fight I want. There’s only two fights I wanted. My bro Danny Garcia is fighting [Lucas] Matthysse so I’m going to fight that other motherf***er that nobody else wants to fight and that’s Maidana. He’s a fighter. Hell of a fighter, hell of a puncher so you know it’s going to be a hell of a fight. I’m not going to run from him. I’ll be there all night, he’s going to be there all night and I want everyone to anticipate the fight” Broner would tell BoxingScene.
For the time being it looks like Broner’s move to Welterweight will last for at least one more fight. Jumping up two weight classes in order to fight Malignaggi had people wondering just how effective and good Broner would look 12 pounds north of Lightweight. Broner was successful in his venture but while Malignaggi couldn’t offer the threat of a big puncher, Maidana will definitely fit that bill as his power is one of his best attributes.
Broner acknowledged Maidana might be a bigger puncher than Malignaggi but he feels Malignaggi offered something that Maidana will not if they square off in November.
“At the end of the day you can’t hit what you can’t see. Maidana, he can take a shot but he goes down. And a person who goes down that gets hit by Adrien Broner don’t get up. With that said, Paulie [Malignaggi], he don’t go down. That’s what I can say about Paulie” said Broner.
Golden Boy Promotions has had a stellar year in terms of the fights they have been able to produce and if they are able to pull off a Broner-Maidana bout in November, their streak of good fight and matchups will go deep into the end of the calendar year.
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