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 Last update:  12/12/2013       Read more by Ben Jacobs         
Flores: Broner Will Be Surprised By Maidana's Power
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By Ben Jacobs

Strength and Conditioning trainer Cicilio Flores has been working with Marcos Maidana for his past four training camps and believes now that the Argentine is as focused as ever as he prepares to face Adrien Broner this Saturday in San Antonio, Texas.

Flores, who has previously worked with WBC middleweight king, Sergio Martínez, is essentially sharing duties with Alex Ariza, who is also helping to prepare Maidana, something which he concedes is difficult given that the usual scenario is for a trainer to work one-on-one with a fighter.

“I do what I do, I have my philosophy and we’re on the same train but on different tracks,” explained Flores.

“There are certain things that I do that he doesn’t do.  It comes down to helping Maidana.  One of the things that he introduced was the supplementation.  It is very difficult to have two strength and conditioning coaches but I’m not the boss, Robert Garcia’s the boss and that’s what Alex and I had a talk about. 

“Initially it’s tough, you’ve got to share different ideas and share training methods, but we’re here, a couple of days away from the fight and Maidana’s looking better than ever.”

Maidana spent some time back in his native land following his victory over Josésito López and upon returning to Oxnard was already close to his fighting weight.

“You know what, he actually came into camp in shape,” Flores continued. 

“There was talk of this fight happening and he got really excited about it.  I told him to take some time off after his last fight with Josésito López.  He did exactly what I told him and he came into camp in shape.

“His main sparring partner was Steve Forbes.  He’s also sparred with Darwin Price and a kid called Joseph Bonas from the Kronk Gym in Detroit, he’s now with us in camp.

“Maidana is very laid back, very relaxed, just a calm, calm soul but believe me he’s very excited, very motivated.  I’ve never seen him as motivated for a fight.  You’re gonna see a different Maidana.  He’s worked on his speed and his strength and of course Robert [Garcia], he’s the master behind all this.  He has a great strategy and it’s gonna show on Saturday.”

The bout at the Alamodome will be just the second at welterweight for Broner after what many observers felt was a close fight with Paulie Malignaggi in his last outing.  Could Maidana’s much vaunted power prove to be a decisive factor?

“I definitely feel he will be surprised by Maidana’s power.  I feel Broner got exposed in that fight.  If Paulie hit harder I think it would have been a different outcome that night.  But take nothing away from Broner, he’s a champion, he has tremendous skills and he’s a great athlete.”

In addition to Maidana, Flores also works with IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich as well as WBA Interim champion, Jesús Cuellar, also at featherweight.
“Gradovich is the hardest working guy in our gym, right now he’s on vacation and he’ll be back the second week of January for a fight around March.”

Tags: Adrien Broner , Marcos Maidana , Broner-Maidana , Broner vs Maidana


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comment by ElGalloBravo, on 12-13-2013
If Broner fights smart he should win the fight rather easily. The speed of Broner is going to give Maidana a lot of trouble, the guy is a one trick pony I expect Broner to counter that overrated Maidana jab all night. Now if Broner fights the same as he has his last two fights Maidana definitely ...

comment by Tobi.G, on 12-13-2013
[QUOTE=Trudoe]That's stupid. AB isn't gunna be "surprised" by $h!t. You don't think Broner much like everyone else in the boxing world knows that El Chino has dynamite in his hands? Broner knows that and is preparing for that and will be avoiding that power all night. [/QUOTE] So you think Br...

comment by boxingfan76, on 12-13-2013
[QUOTE=Frank Ducketts]Stop lying to the people who love this sport.[/QUOTE] how do you love the sport by giving credit to an ass clown that got a gift decision??? Ponce kicked that Clowns ass and good , gift decision just to make him the next flavor of the month guy goes life and death with Pa...

comment by Garcia's Dad, on 12-12-2013
[QUOTE=4Corners]I give Broner credit for beating Ponce, DeMarco, and Paulie. [/QUOTE] You give him credit for two fights where he went life and death with fighters he was supposed to beat and look great against? DeMarco is a good win, despite the revisionism now. But those other two..........

comment by TRTboy, on 12-12-2013
I`m curious how broner reacts when he feels chino`s punch. When you look at Broner`s resume he hasn`t fought anybody that can punch. I mean Ponce De leon might be the hardest and that was at 130. I have a feeling broner`s going to stink it out.

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