This Saturday will feature an intriguing welterweight showdown at the Alamodome, as Adrien Broner puts his WBA title on the line against Argentine Marcos Maidana.
The heavy-handed challenger admits the importance of the fight, saying via his manager Sebastián Contursi: “It’s a big fight for both of us. He has the skills and is unbeaten and of course he is the champion and I am the puncher, the brawler.”
The two have already engaged in plenty of verbal sparring, with Broner referring to Maidana as “one-dimensional and not in my league. I’m a Ferrari and he’s a go-kart.” Maidana, in turn, goaded Broner: “Everyone knows that Broner has a big mouth, but that doesn’t bother me, because his mouth can’t fight for him.”
The 30-year-old Maidana (34-3, 31 knockouts) comes into this fight on the back of an impressive stoppage victory over the tough Josesito Lopez. “El Chino” had to overcome a dead leg resulting from a hip punch in the early rounds before charging back to beat Lopez into submission.
The card, dubbed “Danger Zone,” will take place live on Showtime with a full supporting undercard, including welterweights Keith Thurman and Jesus Soto Karass, Leo Santa Cruz defending his WBC junior featherweight crown against Cesar Seda, along with the return of WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov, who meets Tamas Kovacs. The broadcast begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Anson Wainwright – This Saturday you challenge Adrien Broner for his WBA welterweight title; what are your thoughts?
Marcos Maidana – It’s a big fight for both of us. He has the skills and is unbeaten and of course he is the champion and I am the puncher, the brawler and I want that belt that he has. So we can expect a great fight.
AW – What do you think of Broner as a fighter, and what did you think of his fight with Paulie Malignaggi?
MM – He is definitely a skilful boxer who moves well and is very smart. However, I don’t think he is prepared for what I will bring to him. I want to demolish him. In his fight with Paulie he didn’t look that good. He probably underestimated Paulie, who gave him a close fight.
AW – In your last fight you stopped Josesito Lopez in 6 rounds; what can you tell us about that fight?
MM – Josesito is a warrior and he proved it. I was doing my job until he caught me with a huge shot on the leg that paralyzed my leg. That’s why I was so cautious during two rounds and many thought I was hurt. I was not. Then when I recovered I was able to land some good shots and I won.
AW – You’ve been around Broner he’s quite the character, from his trash talking to his Twitter account and so on. What is your take on all of that?
MM – I don’t like trash talkers like him who go around disrespecting other people and especially fellow fighters. I have the opposite personality. Yet I also have a Twitter account through which I answered some of the stupid things he said. I expect him to keep acting that way but I can assure you that I won’t let him disrespect me. Anyway, there will be only him and me in the ring.
AW – You’re based in Oxnard, Calif., and train with Robert Garcia; how is that working out for you?
MM – It’s great training in Oxnard with Robert and his people. Great atmosphere and surrounded by champions like Brandon Rios, Mikey Garcia, Nonito Donaire, Jesus Cuellar, [Evgeny] Gradovich. I am training well in both the boxing aspects and the physical part. I will be very well prepared for Broner.
AW – What was it like growing up in Argentina and what was your path into boxing?
MM – I come from a poor family who grew up in the middle of nowhere in my hometown of Margarita, very far from the city. We were very poor but happy. I went to elementary school like any other children and got familiar with nature. One day a guy came to town organizing small local boxing tournaments and he invited me to participate. I won by KO and I liked it. That was my involvement in boxing when I was around 14.
AW – You also have a younger brother who’s a boxer, Fabian. I’ve heard good things about him, will he be turning pro soon?
MM – He is not in Oxnard but he is planning to go pro, hopefully Dec. 14. He is a very good prospect and I am sure he will do his thing in boxing.
AW – If we can look at THE RING Magazine ratings at welterweight, could you share your thoughts on your weight class… [Note: This interview took place before this past weekend's ratings changes, in which Shawn Porter's arrival at No. 7 pushed Maidana out of the ratings.]
C – Floyd Mayweather
1 – Timothy Bradley
2 – Juan Manuel Marquez
3 – Manny Pacquiao
4 – Kell Brook
5 – Devon Alexander
6 – Robert Guerrero
7 – Adrien Broner
8 – Keith Thurman
9 – Paulie Malignaggi
10 – Marcos Maidana
MM – Well, it’s not pleasant for me to be rated far behind Kell Brook and Thurman. (I) don’t think they’ve faced great opposition yet. I tell you what, Jesus Soto Karass is much better opposition that any of the guys those two have faced. The rest is perfect.
AW – Away from boxing what do you enjoy doing with time?
MM – I am a family person who tries to spend as much time with them as possible. Also, I love fishing and hunting since those are the kinds of things that people from the country usually like to do.
AW – Who was your boxing hero growing up?
MM – I really didn’t have any heroes in boxing when I was a child. However, I greatly admire (Floyd) Mayweather (Jr.), (Manny) Pacquiao, (Mike) Tyson and Carlos Monzon.
AW – Lastly do you have a message for Adrien Broner?
MM – Yes: Keep your mouth shut and prepare well for Dec. 14.
Video: Dominic Verdin and Daniel Morales
Photos: (w/ Broner) Ethan Miller-Getty Images; (vs. Khan) Gabriel Bouys-AFP/Getty Images
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