Mayweather: Broner’s Loss Made Him More Famous

Story by:  Jeff Sorby

Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants to rebuild little Mayweather [Adrien Broner] by keeping him away from Marcos Maidana, by moving him down to 140, and having him fight on his next pay-per-view card on May 3rd. Mayweather thinks Broner can be brought back to his former status as one of boxing’s youngest up and coming stars, but he feels that he needs to be in the right weight class. If Broner can win a world title at 140 against someone like IBF light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson, Broner would be a 4 division world champion.

In a way, Mayweather feels that Broner’s loss to Maidana has made Broner and even bigger star than he was before the fight, because Broner showed so much heart in the fight.

“To be honest, the loss made him [Broner] more famous,” Mayweather said to Fight Hype. “The loss brought him more notoriety. So like I said, fame can be a gift and a curse. Now it’s a gift. It brought him more notoriety…everybody been talking about nothing but Adrien Broner.

Mayweather could do well to take over the match-making for Broner and give him the right career advice about his opponents and what weight class he should be fighting at. Mayweather wants Broner to fight his next bout at 140 on his May 3rd fight card, and then see how he looks in that fight. If Broner responds with a good performance then Mayweather will no doubt tell Broner to stay at that weight.

If Broner fails to shine like he did in the Maidana fight then Mayweather will obviously give him the advice to go back down to 135. That would be a disappointment for Broner and his fans, but not an indication that it’s over for Broner. It just means he’ll need more time at 135 to grow as a fighter before he’s ready to move back up in weight to 147.It took Mayweather 10 years in the lighter weights before he moved up to welterweight, and so it makes sense for Broner to stay at 135-140 for a little while longer before moving up to 147.

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Maidana vs. Broner: The Aftermath

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Story by Jay McIntyre:

It always seems oddly self-serving to publish an article that talks about how right one was when making a prediction. With this humility in mind, I want to look back on what was a very fun bout to watch. Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) and Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KO’s) were able to provide a significant measure of entertainment in a fight that was marred by some controversy. Thankfully, however, the outcome was not a victim of any errant stupidity.

I feel I would be remiss if I did not point out that this fight certainly served to be a cautionary tale about the perils of hubris. While Broner clearly has observable talent in the ring, much of the lead-up to the fight had me slightly concerned about his priorities.

Of course, the media sources are never accurate and only provide a faint glimpse into the reality of a fighter’s preparation, but I still had some reservations. Footage regarding his preparation seemed to portray as a man posturing for the camera. Singing along with the rapper, with his arm around him as he jogged out to the ring made me think that he was more involved with the walk to the ring rather then what was happening afterward. These things ultimately mean nothing, as the ring is where the truth comes out, and posturing and apparent neglect from other boxers in the past did not readily translate into their imminent defeat. But still….something didn’t sit quite right with me. I felt that if I was fighting a relentless power puncher I would be a little more focused and motivated.

And so it was that by the second round Broner was floored by a concussive left hook. He recovered made a stronger showing for himself in the middle and later rounds, but it still wasn’t enough. His complacent punch output betrayed him, and another knockdown in the eighth round served to punctuate an already impressive performance by Maidana. Albert Einstein once believed that the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. There is a universal truth in this statement and last night Adrien Broner learned first hand that the truth hurts. By refusing to change his game since his narrow win over Paulie Malignaggi in June, Broner willfully ignored some valuable lessons and traded them for painful consequences.  In the boxing ring the truth always has a way coming out, and in keeping with this motif let us look at the several truths that emerged from last night’s bout.

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Is James Kirkland Really Back? by Chip Mitchell

Photo:  Eastside Boxing

Photo: Eastside Boxing

James Kirkland entered the ring on Saturday against undefeated Glen Tapia after a 20-month layoff full of injuries, drama, musical trainers, and another visit to jail.  Nevertheless, it was business as usual as Kirkland didn’t seem to miss a beat.  Kirkland, now 32-1 (28 KOs) stopped Glen Tapia (20-1, 12 KOs) in the sixth round of a brutal slugfest that saw both guys exchange shots that drew oohs and ahhs from the crowd. 

Both fighters went to the body and head in the early parts of the fight.  However, it was Kirkland that continued to mix the attack up while Tapia began to headhunt.  The sweat-equity that Kirkland put into the body-assault began to pay off and Tapia began to slow down.  Kirkland’s punches took their toll and Tapia seemed to lose his legs at least two rounds before the stoppage.

Sitting ringside, I thought the fight should have been stopped maybe after the fourth round.  The fifth round was brutal enough to watch.  The sixth round was worse and could’ve subtracted a few years from Tapia’s career.  The Tapia family (at least 30 people) sat behind press row imploring Glen to “do something” as Kirkland kept applying pressure.  Eventually Steve Smoger stepped in to stop the fight, but didn’t completely protect Tapia from taking possibly the hardest shot of the fight.  Kirkland was able to get a final punch in that left Tapia out on his feet and with eyes rolled back into his head.  Contrary to most, this wasn’t a fight of the year candidate.  It was a beat down with only a round-and-a-half being close. Continue reading

Rigondeaux vs Agbeko; Kirkland vs Tapia This Weekend in AC!

Story by Chris Williams:

This Saturday night, WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KO’s) will be defending his title against former IBF bantamweight champion Joseph Agbeko (29-4, 22 KO’s) on HBO from the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. Rigondeaux, 33, hasn’t fought since dominating Nonito Donaire in winning an easy 12 round unanimous decision last April in New York.

This isn’t the big fight that Rigondeaux wanted after he beat Donaire. Rigondeaux wanted a big fight, but instead he’s got to settle for for Agbeko, who has lost 3 out of his last 5 fights. When casual fans think of Agebeko, they remember his exciting fights against Abner Mares, Yonnhy Perez and Vic Darcinyan. But what they don’t remember was that he was beaten twice by Mares, beaten by Perez and almost beaten by Darchyinyan.

Rigondeaux has been waiting all this time for his promoters at Top Rank to find him a fight, as he wanted to fight Donaire again in a rematch to prove that his win wasn’t a fluke, but instead Donaire was matched against past his best 37-year-old Vic Darchinyan last month. Continue reading

Stevenson Obliterates Bellew; Kovalev Crushes Sillakh!

Story by Bill Phanco

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KO’s) hammered Tony Bellew (20-2-1, 12 KO’s) at will with power shots en route to stopping him in the 6th round tonight at the Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The fight was embarrassingly one-sided from start to finish, and it probably would have been over much sooner if Bellew hadn’t moved as much as he did.

In the 6th round, Stevenson hit Bellew with a big left to the head that sent him down on the canvas badly hurt. To Bellew’s credit he was able to staggered back to his feet, but Stevenson was on him right away in hitting him with a hard left hand that caused Bellew’s legs go stagger and look like noodles. Stevenson then hit a defenseless Bellew with two more left hands to the head that caused the referee to stop the fight to save Bellew from getting knocked down a 2nd time.

In being interviewed by Max Kellerman of HBO after the fight, Stevenson said he wants “Carl Froch or Bernard Hopkins” next. Stevenson said he’s interested in fighting Sergey Kovalev if HBO puts the money up. But if they don’t, then he wants Froch or Kovalev. Froch already had the chance to fight Stevenson in the past when he was his mandatory challenger, but Froch chose not to do it. Would Froch want to fight Stevenson now? It’s doubtful, especially after how bad Froch looked against George Groves. Continue reading