San Antonio, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Marcos Maidana snatched the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title from Adrien Broner via a unanimous decision victory Saturday before 11,312 fans at the Alamodome.
The judges scored the bout, 117-110, 116-109 and 115-100 for Maidana, who improved to 35-3 with 31 knockouts.
Maidana started the fight like a house on fire, attacking Broner relentless throughout the fight and knocking him down twice in the second and eighth rounds with heavy punches to the body.
According to CompuBox statistics, he landed 269 of 964 punches, including 101 body shots. Broner connected on 149 of 400 punches (37 percent) but every shot landed by Maidana seemed to shake him.
“The plan was to fight any which way we can do it, and we won,” Maidana said through a translator. “This win is very satisfying to me. My plan was to win with my heart and keep going forward. Every time I landed a punch, I felt like I was hurting him.”
Broner (27-1, 22 KOs), who was making his first defense of the title, declined to be interviewed in the ring after the fight, but he agreed to be interviewed by Showtime after the telecast went off the air.
“All I can do is go back to the drawing board and come back and fight my ass off,” Broner said. “I’m OK. Things happen. I fought a helluva fight, but he was the better man tonight. We can rematch it anytime.”