The Week That Was (Dec. 9-15, 2013)

By Teron Briggs on December 16, 2013
The Week That Was (Dec. 9-15, 2013)
Don’t be surprised if Golden Boy and Al Hayman don't throw Broner back into Chino’s den.

With the loss, Broner can now stop the nonsense of calling himself heir to the throne of Floyd Mayweather, who’s in a different league entirely…

Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Maidana shocks the boxing world by upsetting the previously undefeated Adrien Broner

“This win is very satisfying to me,” the jubilant newly crowned WBA welterweight champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs) would tell Showtime reporter Jim Gray following his shocking 12-round unanimous decision victory over the self proclaimed next boxing superstar Adrien “The Problem” Broner (27-1, 22 KOs). The 11,000 plus spirited fans in attendance at the Alamadome and millions watching around the world on the Showtime network were treated to an exceptional fight that exceeded expectations.

When Chino was named as Broner’s opponent for the first defense of the WBA title he won against Paulie Malignaggi in June of this year many thought the hard-hitting Argentine was a live underdog. Despite having come up short in his previous two challenges for a world title, Chino still represented one of the toughest challenges of the 23-year-old Broner’s short career. The brash talking Broner dismissed the notion that a fighter who had been defeated three times could pose a stiff challenge to him, referring to Maidana as a mere “steppingstone” in his career.

The aforementioned “steppingstone” came out in round one like a boulder rolling downhill towards the unsuspecting Broner who found himself in a fight from the moment the opening bell rang. Maidana gained his reputation as a reckless slugger who threw wide, albeit powerful, looping shots to bludgeon his foes into submission. However, since hooking up with top trainer Robert Garcia Maidana has immensely improved his jab, which he used remarkably well to set up his power shots against Broner.

In the second round, Maidana stunned Broner by landing a thudding left hook that caught Broner flush on the chin, dropping the champion to the canvas for the first time in his career. Clearly hurt, Broner mustered all the courage he possessed to remain on his feet until the end of the round. A common theme emerged in this round that would continually haunt Broner throughout the fight. Instead of sidestepping Maidana’s punches, or trying to deflect the shots using the shoulder roll technique he’s employed in the past, he simply tried backing straight up. By the end of the round, the same mouth that Broner used to derisively trash talk Maidana was now full of blood.

The middle rounds featured some good exchanges of action. Broner had his moments but was unable to hurt Maidana or avoid his crushing blows. Just when it appeared Broner’s effective body attack might get him back into the fight, Maidana connected with another left hook that this time buckled Broner’s legs and floored him for the second time. An intentional Chino head-butt got him a point deducted from incompetent referee Laurence Cole, after Broner used a Kurt Angle wrestling clinch to try to tie up his opponent.

The ninth round was almost equally as punishing for Broner who found himself not only fighting to defend his title but to literally stay upright. A punch after the bell in the 11th round, which was somehow unnoticed by Cole, hurt Chino for the first time in the fight. Possibly sensing this, to start the 12th round Broner landed some of his cleanest shots of the night as he flashed the hand speed that helped him win three world titles. Alas, much like the rest of the fight Chino would remain undaunted as he closed the round by battering the visibly exhausted Broner at the bell. The judges cemented Maidana’s outstanding performance by handing him a unanimous decision on scores of 115-110, 117-110 and 116-109. Final CompuBox numbers show Maidana landed over 100 more punches than Broner.

With the loss, Broner can now stop the nonsense of calling himself heir to the throne of Floyd “Money” Mayweather, who’s in a different league entirely. Broner displayed poor sportsmanship by fleeing from the ring immediately after the decision before he could be interviewed, though he later spoke with Jim Gray in his locker room. There, he acknowledged the “better man” had won, but claimed to want a rematch. Maidana scored by far the biggest victory of his career as he captured his first world title and according to his promoter Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy opened the door to “many great fights.” I’m not sure there will be a rematch, even though both fighters remain open, since there was no rematch clause in the contract. Schaefer spoke about Broner possibly moving back down in weight, he came in more than two pounds below the welterweight limit of 147, and other options for Maidana, though he did say he “wouldn’t mind a rematch.” Broner still has the potential to be a superstar in this sport so don’t be surprised if Golden Boy and his manager Al Hayman don’t throw him back into Chino’s den.

Thurman stops Soto Karass by vicious ninth round TKO

Keith “One Time” Thurman (22-0, 20 KOs) successfully defended his interim WBA welterweight title by scoring an impressive ninth round stoppage win over tough contender Jesus Soto Karass (28-9-3, 18 KOs). “Everyone’s dangerous with an eight-ounce glove,” said Thurman after the TKO, but his 20 knockouts in 22 fights have shown that the power he possesses is especially perilous for his opponents.

Soto Karass entered this fight on the heels of the biggest win of his career, a surprising knockout victory over former titleholder Andre Berto. But Thurman wasn’t about to let Soto Karass upset him, as he used his powerful right hand to repeatedly separate his opponent from his senses.

After a slow start, Thurman began heating up like a Hot Pocket in the fifth round by consistently ripping Karass with hard right hands.  Another pulverizing right dropped the contender midway through the round, though he would regain his feet and composure.

Thurman displayed a new wrinkle in his game, using angles to place his shots, then his legs to step out of harm’s way, allowing him to avoid return fire. Soto Karass tried but failed to cut off the ring and by the latter rounds couldn’t catch Thurman with anything. One Time was slowed down early by some solid body shots, but Soto Karass abandoned his body attack by the ninth round. An unanswered barrage of seven or eight brutal punches by Thurman finally forced the referee Jon Schorle to stop the beatdown.

Soto Karass was just a victory away from a world title shot, but he has nothing to hang his head about after losing to a tough undefeated young fighter. He’ll remain a litmus test for up and coming contenders. Thurman’s stock continues to rise every time he steps foot inside the ring. A possible fight with new WBA titleholder Marcos Maidana may loom in his future. Regardless, expect him in a high profile fight in early 2014.

Santa Cruz cruises to unanimous decision victory to retain WBC title

WBC super bantamweight titleholder Leo Santa Cruz (26-0-1, 15 KOs) beat up durable title challenger Cesar Seda (25-2, 17 KOs) over 12 rounds earning a decision victory in the first defense of the belt he won in August of this year. It wasn’t Corrales vs. Castillo I but the two engaged in a decent scrap.

It was only the second time in his last six fights that Cruz went the distance with an opponent, though he was credited with a knockdown in round five. The two fighters put on a body-punching clinic as each attacked the other’s midsection with the ferocity of Alec Baldwin assaulting the paparazzi. The more talented Cruz didn’t just rely on his higher boxing acumen; instead, he outfought the challenger with relentless aggression.

Santa Cruz connected on 297 of his 829 total punches, with 197 of those shots being deemed power punches by CompuBox. In comparison, Seda landed 170 of 649 punches, and just 135 power shots. Though Seda wasn’t shut out, like the downtrodden NY Giants were to the Seattle Seahawks, he never seriously posed a threat to Santa Cruz.

Somehow Seda called the decision a “robbery,” but because of his valiant effort we won’t condemn him for that ridiculous statement. Santa Cruz remained undefeated as he continues to search for a signature victory over a marquee name. He could next face the popular undefeated fighter from Belfast, England, Carl Frampton, in what looms as an intriguing matchup.

WBA titleholder Shumenov pummels Kovacs in three rounds

In an outcome as shocking as Khloe Kardashian filing for divorce from Lamar Odom, WBA super world light heavyweight titlist Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs) viciously knocked out unknown Tama s Kovacs (23-1, 14 KOs) in three one-sided rounds.

Kovacs sported an unblemished record before the bout, but his previous opponents were a who’s who of guys most fight fans have never heard of. After knockdowns in the first two rounds, Shumenov put an exclamation point on the fight when he connected with a missile of a right hand that knocked down Kovacs and mercifully ended his night. The referee waved off the contest at the 2:55 of the third round.

Shumenov captured his WBA world title belt, now referred to as the “Super World title,” in an effort by the sanctioning organization to collect another check, when he decisioned the capable Gabriel Campillo in 2010. Since then, Shumenov has feasted on weak competition, even beating way-past-his-prime William Joppy in 2011. After the victory over Kovacs, he expressed interest in fighting 100-year-old Bernard Hopkins who climbed in the ring at the conclusion of the fight. A dearth of top talent available for him to fight has made Shumenov’s WBA strap an attractive option for Hopkins, who collects belts like Eli Manning tosses interceptions.

Jermain Taylor wins fourth straight fight

Former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor (32-4, 20 KOs) knocked out 39-year-old JC Candelo in seven lopsided rounds.

It marked the first time this year Taylor had fought, and only the fourth time in the last four years after suffering two consecutive violent knockout losses, the last one leaving him with a small blood clot on the brain. After taking some time off following the last KO in October of 2009, Taylor passed vigorous medical exams and returned to the ring in December of 2011 with a victory. Since then, he’s beaten up a bunch of suspect or past their prime fighters. Candelo lost his two previous bouts and was stopped in the most recent by top prospect Fernando Guerrero last year. He posed little problem for Taylor who finished him at the 2:57 mark of the seventh round with the same right hand that helped make him a star years ago. He could return to the ring on January 25th in Washington, D.C. on the undercard of Peterson vs. Jean.

Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA

Josesito Lopez records shaky victory over Mighty Mike

Former title challenger Josesito Lopez (31-6, 18 KOs) put an end to his two-fight losing streak when he recorded a technical decision victory over shopworn Mike Arnaoutis (24-10-2, 11 KOs).

Fighting in the main event of this ShoBox telecast Lopez failed to impress in his return to the ring following a TKO at the hands of new WBA welterweight titleholder Marcos Maidana early this year. Maybe it’s because it was the second straight time Lopez had been stopped by a big puncher, after Canelo Alvarez knocked him out in five rounds in September of 2012. Mighty Mike, who twice challenged for a world title, had lost seven of his last 10 fights and was considered a “gimme” for Lopez. Arnaoutis surprised many by giving as good as he got during the contest.

Lopez overcame a slow start that saw him paw and flick his jab, before finding a rhythm, before the bout was prematurely stopped due to an accidental head-butt that opened a horrible cut over Mike’s left eye. At the time of the stoppage the judges’ cards favored Lopez by identical scores of 77-74 twice and 76-75.

Lopez’s promoter, Golden Boy, must certainly hope that their fighter looked so shaky for reasons other than the two punishing wars he’s recently been in, which might’ve taken untold harm on his career.

Undefeated contender Francisco Vargas wins dull 10-round contest

Mexican-born super featherweight Francisco Vargas (18-0-1, 13 KOs) earned a unanimous decision victory over Jerry Belmontes (18-3, 5 KOs) over 12 boring rounds.

Vargas represented Mexico in the 2008 Olympics and is considered a bright prospect. He failed, however, to justify the lofty expectations with this humdrum win over Belmontes. The loser certainly deserves some blame here, as he seemed more intent on avoiding punches than he was on landing them. Vargas thoroughly outworked and outfought Belmontes, though he never once came close to stopping him.

Trusts Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand

Brian Minto stops overmatched Cameron in seven rounds

Tough man Brian “The Beast” Minto (25-7, 25 KOs) forced heavyweight Shane Cameron (29-4, 22 KOs) of New Zealand to retire on his stool after the seventh round. Cameron has never been a serious contender and was as overmatched against Minto as Thamasanqa Jantjie was overwhelmed attempting to use sign language to interpret President Barack Obama.

Cameron, because of his size and psyche, was at one time considered a heavyweight to watch, before he was exposed in two rounds in 2009 by faded former title challenger David Tua. Minto, who’s no contender himself, had shared the ring with more talented fighters; unfortunately they all beat him. Though Minto had issues with Cameron, who hurt him in the third round with a big overhand right hand, he was clearly the superior fighter. Minto opened up a cut over Cameron’s left eye and landed numerous clean hard punches over the course of the seven rounds. Cameron’s corner called it a day after seven.

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  1. Darrell 01:53am, 12/26/2013

    Cameron’s biggest problem was that he hasn’t fought for over a year & looked decidedly rusty.  The fact he got cut was not a surprise, he cuts at the mere mention of shaving!  A bleeder if ever there was one.  Though if he had a lead in fight I believe he would’ve beaten Minto.  His timing was not there at all…..but Minto was tiring until the cuts finished the job for him.

    Either way, both he & Minto are not, and never were contenders…..but Shane was a decent regional heavyweight & we’ve had some good fights out of him down under but at 38, he needs to give it away.

  2. kid vegas 10:04am, 12/18/2013

    Great summary

  3. bk don 12:01pm, 12/17/2013

    Misterdreamer, how about Mayweather? Bradley and Marquez can’t happen b/c they’re w/Top Rank so those fights can’t happen.

  4. Eddie 06:27am, 12/17/2013

    Plan17. Broner all that trash talking build up to the fight just to get a beat down. Broner should be embarrass and ref. Laurence Cole what an idiot enough said.

  5. MisterDreamer 08:03pm, 12/16/2013

    No rematch for Maidana v. Broner. Broner struggled with Malignaggi. Maidana needs to fight one of the bigger name welterweights. Broner is not even a welterweight. He took some hard punches but he’s just a big mouth who dances when the camera is on.
    Maidana on the other hand is a fighter who has improved his skills. I would much rather see Maidana fight Bradley or even Marquez or anybody else, even Paulie so he can get his ass knocked out.

  6. bk don 07:00pm, 12/16/2013

    Thanks for the compliments fellas. Wish I had gotten a chance to watch the Main Events Saturday night card, but I won’t shed any tears, especially since I heard the fights didn’t inspire. I agree w/CG about the photo. It’s ridiculously awesome! The Santa Cruz fight didn’t do much for me, but I like his grit and workmanlike attitude. He could make for some good matches. I’ve seen the same clips as you have NIcolas. I would like some sort of investigation to be done.

  7. BIKERMIKE 06:01pm, 12/16/2013

    got mixed feelings about that Jermain Taylor thing…...

    Saw those brutal KO’s ....bodadem….side by each… the Western Canadian Eastern European heritage fight fans put it ....
    THese Ko’s took place when Jermain was presenting himself as the best he could possibly be….to continue on with the ‘glacier paced ’ Middleweight Tournement..

    Now..after a lot of time and healing….Jermain wants to .....ONCE MORE INTO THE BREACH ....

    I remember Joe Frazier doing that Jumbo cummings thing… comes to mind

  8. BIKERMIKE 05:40pm, 12/16/2013

    good guy beats bad guy….

    That ‘crown presentation ’ was so bad…even the newly crowned Champ was were a lot of fight fans

    Broner lost…..and Broner can make millions ...still being bad..and making another challenge…........Broner is very marketable….and Maidana needs another big payday(meaning Maidana’s braintrust)..

    ..another fight with Broner would fill a lot of coffers…  Who else would put the cheeks in the seats…..‘cept Broner

  9. gerry 04:12pm, 12/16/2013

    Do you have the Mikey Garcia vs Rocky Martinez fight.

  10. nicolas 04:01pm, 12/16/2013

    Just a word of warning, there has been some talk about smelling salts possibly given to Maidana between the 11th and 12th rounds. there is some film of something being put onto a napkin and put onto the nose of Maidana. It is not conclusive, so I don’t know if anything will be done, and for many, nothing should be done as it was a punch after the bell. I do however think a rematch would do very well at the box office, and would bring a bigger crowd than the 11,000 that attended this fight. It might even be a pay per view event, as it first was supposed to be. Also, am wondering if this fight could be seen in the San Antonio area on Showtime. Because if it was on Showtime, I wonder how many more would have attended this fight.

  11. Clarence George 02:58pm, 12/16/2013

    Perhaps not an outright robbery, but Salka won that fight.  In any event, Fluffernutter’s, um, Shellenberger’s score of 98-92, in favor of Alvarez, was a travesty…if not a downright obscenity.

  12. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 02:42pm, 12/16/2013

    Teron Briggs-You are a first rate wordsmith with a very keen eye…..I often times feel that I would prefer that some of the writers on like yourself would be at ringside in an official capacity with score card and pencil instead of certain judges who produce mind boggling scores like Oren Schellenberger did in the Alvarez/Salka prelim on Saturday’s card.

  13. Clarence George 02:16pm, 12/16/2013

    Love the photo, by the way.  Is Broner feeling his jaw…or hitting himself à la Captain Kirk?

  14. Clarence George 01:51pm, 12/16/2013

    Dibs on “heating up like a Hot Pocket,” and I’m thinking of staking a claim to “as shocking as Khloe Kardashian filing for divorce from Lamar Odom.”

  15. Pete The Sneak 01:32pm, 12/16/2013

    Teron, another wonderful short re-cap with long lasting details…Great stuff…I won’t comment any further on the Broner/Maidana fight, as that is being beaten to death every which way over in Mr. Ecksel’s “Broner Got His Ass Kicked’ column…However, I do want to chime in on the Santa Cruz/Seda fight. My Boricua Bretheren represented nicely and fought a very spirited and competitive fight. But as good as he was, Leo was walking right through Seda’s punches and easily outpunched and outpointed Seda. I was not aware that Seda called the fight a robbery. I understand fighters frustrations after fights, but that comment needs to be checked, hermano… Props to One Time Thurman, who demonstrated pretty much everything you want in a fighter. Toughness, boxing ability, power and a good set of whiskers…I really like this kid and he will only get better…Looking forward to some exciting matches to be made in 2014…Peace.

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