When Adrien Broner (29-1, 22 KO’s) lost to Marcos Maidana in December last year, most boxing experts has the same opinion. Broner needed to go back down at 140 pound division.
But Broner’s initial decision was to pursue a rematch with Maidana. But the rematch did not materialize because Floyd Mayweather Jr. chose Maidana as his opponent last May 2013.
Broner heeded to the popular opinion and moved back down to the light welterweight division. It was a wise decision.
He fought Carlos Molina in the undercard of Mayweather-Maidana I. And he won.
Broner first fight at welterweight was in June 2013, against light-fisted Paulie Malignaggi. It is a fight many believed Malignaggi won.
When Broner fought Maidana, a legit welter, he got no power to hang in there without visiting the canvas.
Maidana floored Broner twice. Broner was not able to carry his own power too, at the welterweight division. Broner do not belong yet, in the welterweight division.
On Saturday night, the 25 year old Broner fought for the second time as a light welter at his hometown in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Although I’m not that impressed with his showing, it was a convincing victory for Broner since moving up from lightweights.
He punctuated the somewhat close fight, when he scored a knockdown, few seconds left in the fight. I’ve got the fight a draw, if Broner didn’t score the late knockdown. Broner won via scores of 116-111 twice and 115-112.
Before the fight, many believed Broner will win against Taylor easily. But the massive underdog from Maryland gave everything to win the fight.
Inspired by Maidana’s game plan, Taylor (18-3, 12 KO’s) started strong in the early rounds. He was able to pin Broner towards the ropes and unloads overhand right upstairs and left hand to the body.
But later in the fight, as Taylor energy tapered, Broner was able to tag Taylor with hooks behind the gloves. In Round 12, Broner ultimately scored that defining knockdown that sealed his victory.
After the fight, Broner called out Lucas Matthysse.
Matthysse won a controversial second round stoppage against formerly unbeaten Roberto Ortiz.
I came from the bottom so I know what it feels like to be there. We’re still pushing to get back to the top. I said my next fight should be Matthysse and he can get it. If it was up to me I’d fight him with this cut on my head tonight.”
But Lucas Mathysse has another fighter in mind. After his fight he called out Danny Garcia.
Who do you want Broner fight next if Matthysse is not available?