Adrien Broner promises ‘exciting’ fight against Adrian Granados in February

Adrien Broner

Adrien Broner/Photo courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions


Adrien Broner of Cincinnati has held world titles in four weight classes. He is currently without a title, however, and he wants to change that.

The first step in that direction will be a bout against former sparring partner Adrian Granados on Feb. 18 at Cintas Center in Cincinnati (on Showtime).

The interested parties hosted a news conference there Tuesday, and the fighters spoke about their knowledge of one another.

“We’ve brought Granados into camp for sparring before, but I’m a much different fighter now,” said Broner, 27. “I know he is, too, and I think it’s going to make an exciting, explosive fight.”

Granados’ credentials pale in comparison to Broner’s. Granados (18-4-2, 12 KOs) has never even fought for a major title, and as recently as September 2015 he boxed on a small club card at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello. Yet, Broner believes he can’t afford to overlook him.

“Granados is no pushover,” Broner said. “He’s not an opponent that anybody can just pick up a win (against). I know Adrian Granados will bring out the best in Adrien Broner.”

Promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr. is of a similar mind.

“These are going to be two hungry lions in the ring, and that’s what it’s all about,” Mayweather said.

Granados, 27, intimated he may have a surprise or two in store for Broner (32-2, 24 KOs).

“I’m confident that I’m more determined than any other fighter I’ll face,” said Granados, of Cicero, Ill. “I’ll also have a few tricks up my sleeve on fight night. I haven’t shown everything in my arsenal.

“I was in camp with Adrien Broner when he fought Marcos Maidana, so I know him pretty well. I’ve been compared to Maidana, but everyone has their own style. I’m going to get this win my own way.”


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Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he’s going for first knockout in three years


Mayweather vs. Maidana 2: Predictions and Odds for Championship Rematch

Marcos Maidana, right, lands a punch on Floyd Mayweather Jr. during their first fight won by Mayweather in May./Photo courtesy of Associated Press


Floyd Mayweather Jr. has not had a knockout victory since he stopped Victor Ortiz in the fourth round with that infamous and unsuspecting one-two punch in September 2011 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Upon his arrival Tuesday at MGM Grand ahead of his title defense against Marcos Maidana there on Saturday, Mayweather said he’s going for that gusto.

“I’m pretty sure Maidana is going for the knockout,” Mayweather said. “I’m going for the knockout, so this is going to be an amazing show. I have a brilliant game plan and we’ll see how it plays out Saturday.”

Mayweather, 37, is 46-0 with 26 knockouts. Maidana, a much heavier hitter, is 35-4 with 31 knockouts. It’s true, he is going for a knockout as well. But he’ll take any kind of victory. Which makes sense, since Mayweather is undefeated and still the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world until someone proves otherwise.


“I’m definitely going to look for the knockout like I always do,” said Maidana, 31, “but I will take the victory any way I can.”


This will be a rematch of their May fight won by Mayweather via majority decision at MGM Grand.

The card is available on Showtime pay-per-view.


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Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Marcos Maidana Los Angeles news conference open to public


Floyd Mayweather Jr./Photo by Associated Press


Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana of Argentina on Thursday at 1 p.m. will play host to a news conference at Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., in Downtown Los Angeles and it will be open to the public.

The two will be formally announcing their rematch slated for Sept. 13 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The Golden Boy Promotions/Mayweather Promotions event will be televised on Showtime pay-per-view.

Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs) and Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) tangled May 3 at MGM Grand with Maidana giving Mayweather a tough go, Mayweather coming away with a 12-round majority decision.

Aside from the interested parties, expected to be on hand for the proceedings are Jarret Stoll and Alec Martinez of the Stanley Cup-champion Kings.



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Floyd Mayweather Jr., Marcos Maidana to fight rematch Sept. 13


Floyd Mayweather Jr. (left) and Marcos Maidana/photo by Associated Press


Floyd Mayweather Jr. will put his two welterweight championship belts on the line Sept. 13 when he squares off against Marcos Maidana at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, it was announced Thursday.

The two tangled May 3 at MGM Grand with Maidana giving Mayweather his stiffest test in years, Mayweather coming away with a majority decision.

The rematch, as with the first fight, will be available on Showtime pay-per-view.

Golden Boy Promotions will be the lead promoter, even though Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe initially said they would no longer work with Golden Boy once longtime CEO Richard Schaefer resigned in early June.

But De La Hoya pointed out to this newspaper a couple of weeks ago that Mayweather had reserved that date and site under the Golden Boy banner and that, basically, Mayweather would have to use Golden Boy if he wanted to keep that.

Golden Boy has promoted Mayweather’s last nine fights, even though Mayweather has never been under contract to De La Hoya’s company.


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Amir Khan and Luis Collazo will tangle on Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Marcos Maidana undercard

Golden Boy Promotions on Monday announced that former junior welterweight champion Amir Khan of England will take on former welterweight champion Luis Collazo of Brooklyn on May 3 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).

They will tangle on the undercard of the welterweight title-unification bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana.


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Not surprisingly, Mayweather-Maidana lands at MGM Grand in Las Vegas

To no one’s surprise, the May 3 Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Marcos Maidana welterweight title-unification bout will take place at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, a spokeswoman for Golden Boy Promotions confirmed Wednesday.

A deal for the fight was reached Feb. 24 – the day Mayweather turned 37. But until Wednesday the site remained up in the air – though Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer told this newspaper it most likely would be at the Las Vegas casino where Mayweather has fought 11 times.

The bout will be available on Showtime pay-per-view.

Mayweather is 45-0 with 26 knockouts. Maidana, of Argentina, is 30. He has a record of 35-3 with 31 knockouts.

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Cocky champion Adrien Broner tells us where he belongs pound-for-pound

Adrien Broner, about as brash a fighter as there is today, had an interesting response when we asked him during a conference call Tuesday where he would place himself in a pound-for-pound poll.

He started by saying that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Andre Ward would be No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Most experts would agree with that. As for the next three spots, well …

“I’d have to say Adrien Broner No. 3, No. 4 Adrien Broner and No. 5, I have to say Adrien Broner,” said Broner, of Cincinnati.

Broner, just 24, is a terrific fighter, to be sure. At his young age he has already won world titles in the junior lightweight, lightweight and welterweight divisions. He is 27-0 with 22 knockouts.

Broner will next defend his title Dec. 14 against heavy-handed Marcos Maidana (34-3, 31 KOs) of Argentina at the Alamodome in San Antonio (on Showtime).

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Marcos Maidana’s recipe to beating Adrien Broner not a difficult one to follow

Marcos Maidana of Argentina will be the latest fighter to try and hand Adrien Broner his first defeat when he challenges Broner for his welterweight championship Dec. 14 at the Alamodome in San Antonio (on Showtime).

The hard-hitting Maidana (34-3, 31 KOs) was asked during a news conference last week formally announcing the fight about his plan of attack. He laid it out in simple fashion.

“The key is to throw a lot of punches,” said Maidana, 30. “Pressure him, kick his (butt). And that’s what I am going to do.”

Broner, just 24, is 27-0 with 22 knockouts and has already won titles in three weight classes.

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Adrien Broner is the new loudmouth in town, and he can back up his words

Adrien Broner is the latest loudmouth in boxing. He was in rare form Thursday at a news conference at the Alamodome in San Antonio formally announcing his Dec. 14 welterweight title defense there against Marcos Maidana of Argentina (on Showtime).

Broner, of Cincinnati, was directing a comment at Maidana regarding Maidana these days being trained by world-class Robert Garcia out of Oxnard; they hooked up in April 2012.

“You can train different,” Broner said. “You can lift weights with your teeth. You can push cars for two months straight. That doesn’t matter. I got the skills to pay the bills and I got enough will, my last name could be Smith.”

Broner talked about how lovable he is – not.

“There are a lot of people who hate me, but the haters are going to love me at the end of the day,” he said. “They just don’t know it yet. On Dec 14 I hope my haters become fans. You’ll love me eventually because I love all y’all.”

Then he decided to bring two former NBA players into it when he was talking about how this fight is going to go down.

“It’s going to be a hell of a fight,” Broner said. “I can promise you this – it’s going to get ugly. I am talking Sam Cassell, Tyrone Hill ugly. I don’t know if he’s faking that he doesn’t speak English. But after Dec 14, he’ll speak English. I am going for the knockout. Strap up.”

(Maidana, of Argentina, has always needed a translator when doing interviews with English-language reporters.)

Broner, of course, can back up his mouth. He is 27-0 with 22 knockouts and at just 24 years old, he has won titles in three weight classes.

Maidana, 30, is 34-3 with 31 knockouts.

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Golden Boy, Showtime announce move and other changes to Broner-Maidana card

Golden Boy Promotions and Showtime on Saturday announced it has moved and re-shaped the Dec. 14 card that will feature Adrien Broner of Cincinnati defending his welterweight title against Marcoa Maidana of Argentina in the main event.

Originally the event was tentatively slated to take place at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be televised on Showtime’s pay-per-view arm. It has been moved to the Alamodome in San Antonio and will now be available on regular Showtime.

Golden Boy also announced that a Nov. 30 card slated for Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio has been canceled, with the fighters from that card ending up on the Dec. 7 Showtime card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn where the headliner will be Paulie Malignaggi-Zab Judah, and the aforementioned Dec. 14 gig.

Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy, and Showtime executive Stephen Espinoza basically said the changes were made for the better, that Broner will eventually be a headliner in Las Vegas and a pay-per-view star, but that he will be seen by more viewers on regular Showtime and for him, that’s beneficial.

And San Antonio has terrific fight fans. The Alamodome had some 40,000 in it when Saul “Canelo” Alvarez defeated Austin Trout there in April.

“I really feel with what San Antonio has done this year with 40,000 for ‘Canelo,’ I just thought this was the right thing to do as well, not just cancelling the Nov. 30 card, but rewarding San Antonio with another big card,” Schaefer said.

The Nov. 30 headliner was to feature Devon Alexander defending his welterweight title against Shawn Porter. That fight will now be underneath Malignaggi-Judah.

Also on that card, Erislandy Lara of Cuba and Austin Trout will square off for a vacant super welterweight championship. And Sakio Bika will defend his super middleweight belt against 2004 U.S. Olympian Andre Dirrell.

Four fights will be televised on both December cards.

To add to the Dec. 14 card, former champion Victor Ortiz will return to action for the first time since having his jaw broken by Josesito Lopez in June 2012. He will take on Alfonso Gomez.

These changes were announced from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, where Bernard Hopkins is defending his light heavyweight title against Karo Murat on Saturday night on Showtime.

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