No easy money in Texas: Marcos Maidana solves Adrien Broner
by Bart Barry - craveonline.com
SAN ANTONIO – After making weight at Market Plaza on Friday, Cincinnati’s Adrien “The Problem” Broner declared his fight with Argentine welterweight Marcos “El Chino” Maidana was “easy money.” Then he promised, if Maidana rushed in, Broner would “flat-line him.”
It was a pair of left-hook leads in round two that proved Maidana was an opponent altogether different from any Broner had previously met. The Argentine was more clever than advertised, jabbing low and feinting his way in, quicker than advertised, and every bit as powerful as advertised.
KEITH THURMAN STOPS JESUS SOTO-KARASS
Mexican welterweight veteran Jesus Soto-Karass (28-9-3, 18 KOs) is a lie detector, a prizefighter whose greatest virtue is his ability to sense and exploit other men’s weaknesses. And in Saturday’s co-main event the lie detector was activated against Floridian Keith “One Time” Thurman (22-0, 20 KOs), activated to see if one of boxing’s fastest-ascending and most charismatic young personalities was worthy of the praise now accruing to his name.
LEO SANTA CRUZ OUTPOINTS CESAR SEDA
The fighter most expected to electrify the partisan-Mexican crowd in Saturday’s South Texas venue was Californian Leo Santa Cruz (26-0-1, 15 KOs), and while the volume-punching super bantamweight gave an excellent account of himself against Puerto Rican southpaw Cesar Seda (25-2, 17 KOs) – winning by unanimous scores of 116-111, 115-112 and 117-110 – it was not sufficiently excellent to please Santa Cruz.
BEIBUT SHUMENOV OVERWHELMS TAMAS KOVACS
The first of the evening’s four title fights found Kazakhstani light heavyweight Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs) unraveling Slovak Tamas Kovacs (23-1, 14 KOs) in as ominous a show of poise as might have been seen in 2013. Shumenov dropped Kovas thrice and stopped him at 2:55 of round three.
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