Broner, Maidana fire first shots
October, 31, 2013
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesMarcos Maidana and Adrien Broner headline a stacked card from the Alamodome in San Antonio.The stacked Adrien Broner-Marcos Maidana card will close out the year for the American premium cable schedule on Dec. 14 (Showtime) at the Alamodome in San Antonio, where those involved gathered on Thursday for the kickoff news conference.
Broner (27-0, 22 KOs) is making the first defense of his welterweight title against mandatory challenger Maidana (34-3, 31 KOs) in the main event. Interim welterweight titlist Keith Thurman (21-0, 19 KOs) will face Jesus Soto Karass (28-8-3, 18 KOs) in the co-feature.
There are also two other world title bouts on the card as junior featherweight titleholder Leo Santa Cruz (25-0-1, 15 KOs) makes his first defense when he faces Cesar Seda (25-1, 17 KOs) and light heavyweight titlist Beibut Shumenov (13-1, 8 KOs) meets Tamas Kovacs (23-0, 14 KOs).
The card will also feature the return of former welterweight titleholder Victor Ortiz (29-4-2, 22 KOs) from an 18-month layoff because of a broken jaw. He was supposed to fight Alfonso Gomez, but now is in need of an opponent after Gomez suffered a hand injury this week and withdrew.
Here's what the fighters had to say about the card, which Golden Boy Promotions is calling "Danger Zone," even thought it already used the same name a few years ago for Oscar De La Hoya's pay-per-view fight against Ricardo Mayorga.
• Broner: "Maidana is one-dimensional and not in my league. I'm a Ferrari and he's a go-kart and my fans will see that in my return to Texas. It's been over four years since I've fought [in Texas] and I'm going to put on a show. Watch me light Maidana up like a Christmas tree on Dec. 14."
• Maidana: "Everyone knows that Broner has a big mouth, but that doesn't bother me, because his mouth can't fight for him. Whether he has the guts to stand in front of me or if he runs I'll definitely go for the KO and, either way, I'm leaving the ring with the belt."
• Thurman: "Soto Karass is a tough guy, there's no question about that, and I respect him a lot. But his style is tailor-made for me and I expect to defend my title and win by knockout."
• Soto Karass: "Thurman is a young, talented fighter with good power, but as I proved in my fight with Andre Berto, when I'm on top of my game, no one can beat me. I will become a world champion on Dec. 14."
• Santa Cruz: "I'm looking forward to getting back in the ring and making my debut in Texas against Cesar Seda. Seda is a quality fighter and a top contender, but I'm not ready to give up my belt to him or anyone."
• Seda: "I admire Santa Cruz for his talent and his accomplishments, but styles make fights, and I have the style to beat him and bring the world championship back to Puerto Rico."
• Shumenov: "I am excited to be back in the ring and to compete on such an amazing event. It's been a long time [18 months] for me, and I'm hungry to beat Kovacs in impressive style and retain my title."
• Kovacs: "It has been my dream to fight in the United States against the best in the world, and on Dec. 14 I finally get my chance. Shumenov is a great champion, but I am confident in my ability to take his title."