It’s likely that brash talking and former undefeated boxer Adrien “The Problem” Broner will face his tormentor, the hard hitting Argentinean Marcos “El Chino” Maidana for a rematch on April 19 or 26. According to Golden Boy Promotion CEO Richard Schaefer via Boxingscene.com, Broner decided to exercise rematch clause.
Broner 27-1-0 (KO 22) ignored a popular advice: not to continue fighting at welterweight and instead go back down to 140 pound division. And fight Danny Garcia or Lucas Matthysse.
The question is: is it really a bad move or a good move for Broner?
“40 percent (39.6) of more than 9,000 votes selected a move down to junior welterweight (the 140-pound division)…” and “21.4 percent of the votes selected a return bout against his conqueror”. Also “13.7 percent think a drop all the way back down to lightweight is the safest move…”
Well, I think, going back down to 140 pound division is the best move for Broner. Fighting Marcos Maidana 35-3-0 (KO 31), again, at welterweight division will put his career in a “make or break” situation.
In the previous bout it’s clear that Broner’s body wasn’t ready for 147 pound division. And only 144.4 pounds during that bouts’ weigh in. So, there’s no problem for “The Problem” to stay at 140.
It’s very obvious that he can’t keep up with the blows from legit welters (most specifically, Maidana who hits hard). I believed Broner will be physically strong at junior welter and will be knocking out guys there. Like what he did at 135.
Remember that Broner was fighting at lightweight 11 months ago, against Gavin Rees on Feb. 2013.
Nevertheless, bad or good move, Broner already made a decision. He took the big risk in the first bout and now wanted to risk it again, which is a mark of a true warrior (if not being a stubborn).
Broner has the physical strength to dominate 140 pound division, but a rematch with Marcos Maidana at 147 is a almost a sure déjà vu of the first bout.
Do you think it is really that bad for Broner to fight immediately Maidana?