After losing to Marcos Maidana via a Unanimous Decision on Showtime this past Saturday Adrien Broner is face with a difficult decision as to what should be the next step in his still very young career.
Maidana dominated the favored Broner to take his WBA Welterweight Championship. From the opening bell Marcos aggressively pursued the heavily favored Cincinnati fighter. Broner seemed to have no response to the non-stop onslaught of heavy blows issued by the Argentine.
Broner talked quite a bit of trash about Maidana before being knocked down twice Saturday night. The score cards read 115-110, 116-109 and 117-109. Immediately following the announcement of the scores, Broner ran out of the ring.
When asked about the decision Broner responded with: “I’m OK. I’m still the three-time world champion in three different weight classes,” Broner said. “Tonight, Maidana was just the better man, but we fought a hell of a fight. I hope the fans got what they deserved. … I’m still going to live like we won the fight. I’m still going to party.”
What is next for Adrien “The Problem” Broner?
“I’ll tell you one thing, make a rematch,” Broner said. “I don’t need a warm-up fight. I want a rematch.”
Is a re-match with Maidana best?
Marcos Maidana clearly had a different level of power behind his punches than what Adrien had seen before. Would it be best to move down to 140 and face someone who is a better stylistic matchup before potentially losing two devastating fights in a row?
Is Broner moving up in weight too fast?
Adrien fought at 130 lbs (Junior Lightweight) as recently as July of 2012 before making an almost unprecedented leap to 147 (skipping the 140 lb division entirely) to pursue what would undoubtedly be larger purses. For a point of reference consider this: Broner is only 24 years old today. Floyd Mayweather Jr. didn’t make his debut at 140 lbs until he was 27 years old.