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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Adrien Broner’s victory over Paulie Malignaggi does raise a big question

Paulie Malignaggi beefed about not getting the decision in his welterweight title defense against Adrien Broner on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. There is no question that Broner deserved the decision, and he got it. That only two of the three judges scored him the winner was really the only controversy.

Judges Tom Schreck and Glenn Feldman had Broner winning by respective scores of 117-111 and 115-113. The third judge, Tom Miller, somehow had it for Malignaggi by a 115-113 count. Of course, that is not surprising because we see a lot of seemingly off-base scores in this business. Too many.

There was one question that came out of this: How is Broner’s punching power at the 147-pound welterweight division? He moved up two weight classes to challenge Malignaggi. Meaning he went from the 135-pound lightweight division to 147 pounds. He certainly landed the harder punches Saturday, but that’s not saying much because Malignaggi can’t crack much at all.

But Broner never really came that close to decking Malignaggi, even though he connected on an array of clean punches to the chin. Malignaggi has big-time heart, but it’s not like he’s never been decked before. Heck, in his fight before Broner, Malignaggi tasted the canvas in the 11th round of his title defense against Pablo Cesar Cano last October. Cano has nice, but not terrific, power. And Broner (27-0, 22 KOs) entered known as one of the hardest punchers in the game, pound-for-pound.

In fairness, it was only Broner’s first bout at welterweight. Let’s see what he does if he stays in that division.

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Adrien Broner, never at a loss for insulting words, takes a shot at Malignaggi

Adrien Broner of Cincinnati  is quickly becoming one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world. He might be the biggest talker, even bigger than Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Broner next Saturday will move up two weight divisions to challenge Paulie Malignaggi for his welterweight title at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. (on Showtime). Even though Broner is the one going from 135 pounds to 147, he will be the harder puncher because Malignaggi – as the saying goes – can’t crack an egg; he is 32-4 with seven knockouts, a knockout ratio of only 19.4 percent.

It therefore wasn’t surprising to hear what Broner had to say this week during a conference call promoting the Golden Boy Promotions event.

“… You’ll probably see another knockout; nine times out of 10, check on my record,” said Broner, who is 26-0 with 22 knockouts (84.6 KO ratio). “He’s bringing pillows to a fight that I’m throwing bricks (in), so you should see a lot of blood, a lot of bruising before the referee stops the fight.”

Broner, just 23, is an incredible talent, and he has already won titles in the junior lightweight and lightweight divisions.

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Paulie Malignaggi disses Adrien Broner at news conference

Welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi and lightweight champion Adrien Broner played host to a news conference Saturday morning at MGM Grand in Las Vegas formally announcing their welterweight title fight slated for June 22 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (on Showtime).

Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KOs) doesn’t seem to like the trash-talking Broner very much.

“Adrien Broner is nothing more than a Floyd Mayweather wannabe,” Malignaggi said. “He doesn’t just fight like him. He talks like him, he breathes like him. He needs to get his own character. He doesn’t have his own personality. It’s a big insecurity.”

To be fair, while Broner (26-0, 22 KOs) does resemble Mayweather in the ring to a point syle-wise, Broner is more of a finisher.

Also, Mayweather shows the media a lot more respect than Broner, who is just 23.

At Saturday’s Mayweather-Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero post-fight news conference at MGM Grand, Broner was asked to take the podium and say a few words while reporters awaited the arrival of Mayweather and Guerrero.

When reporters decided they had little to ask Broner, he said, “Man, I got these reporters scared like a (expletive).”

Classy guy.

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