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Roy Jones Jr: Adrien Broner Faced Maidana Too Soon

Text by Edward Chaykovsky, Interview by Chris Robinson

Former four division world champion Roy Jones Jr. believes Adrien Broner (27-1, 22KOs) made a big mistake in rushing to fight such a big puncher like Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31KOs) last December in San Antonio.

Broner, a three division former champion, moved up from 135 to 147-pounds last June against Paulie Malignaggi, who is one of the lighter punchers at the weight. Broner struggled to win a twelve round split decision. Last month, he faced Maidana and saw himself dropped hard in the second and the eight, and stunned several times before losing a twelve round unanimous decision.

Broner exercised his option for an immediate rematch with Maidana, and they are likely fighting on April 19 or April 26. 

"I thought the fight was too early for him, as a welterweight. His first fight as a welterweight was against Paul Malignaggi, who put up a much better fight than people expected against Adrien. No disrespect to Paul, but he's one of the lightest punchers in the welterweight division," Jones said.

"You should take a few battles to ease your way up to get used to the stiffer size. I know he's been in the gym with a lot of strong punchers and all, but in the gym it's a little bit different. I would rather him go from a light punching guy to a mediocre punching guy, and then to a Maidana. Not go from the lightest punching guy to arguably the hardest punching guy in the division, because that's a big gap."

>>>>>Jones Talks Further on Broner vs. Maidana<<<<<<

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LoadedWraps on 01-16-2014

Broner got outclassed, out worked, and had less heart. No excuses, he was the lesser fighter that night, and would be in a rematch.

Comment by Trudoe the.. on 01-16-2014

No Roy, Broner didn't fight Maidana too soon.. More like he started fighting back too late. You simply cannot "feel out" a Bull charging swinging Maidana for 2 rounds without throwing anything really threatening in return to keep him modest.

Comment by IronDanHamza on 01-15-2014

[QUOTE=FromBA;14137806]I respect your opinion, but even [URL="http://www.lacapital.com.ar/ovacion/Chino-Maidana-Mayweather-no-es-invencible-20140105-0025.html"]Chino compares himself with another big LMW, Canelo,[/URL] in the same context I do. Look at the last paragraph in the article linked. Chino says: "(Mayweather) is not invincible. He has been respected too…

Comment by FromBA on 01-15-2014

[QUOTE=IronDanHamza;14137714]He was pretty good I'd say. Looked good against Winky Wright and had a long reign albeit pretty underwhelming one. Regarldess, point being the example not a good comparison to a Maidana fight because he's much larger.[/QUOTE] I respect your…

Comment by IronDanHamza on 01-15-2014

[QUOTE=FromBA;14137273]He was larger, but much slower and less active. I don't think he was very good. Soon after the Whitaker fight, he was KOd by the french Boudouani and was not relevant anymore. But my main point is that it…

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