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Marcos Maidana goes on the attack to derail Adrien Broner’s title bid

Marcos Maidana scores with a right to the head of Adrien Broner in a WBA welterweight title bout in San Antonio on Dec. 14, 2013.
Marcos Maidana scores with a right to the head of Adrien Broner in a WBA welterweight title bout in San Antonio on Dec. 14, 2013.
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Special to the Miami Herald

The trash talk that Adrien Broner followed up in his previous marquee bouts finally met a relentless roadblock.

Broner, seeking to make a similar dominant run at welterweight following his lightweight title reign, could not overcome Marcos Maidana in Broner’s first defense of his 147-pound title late Saturday.

Maidana gave Broner (27-1) a rude awakening on the new weight-class neighborhood. The native of Argentina soundly defeated Broner by unanimous decision at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Displaying the aggressive style that has defined his career, Maidana floored Broner in the second and eighth rounds. Although referee Laurence Cole deducted a point from Maidana in the eighth for head butting, Maidana built enough of a lead on the scorecards.

All three judges scored the fight for Maidana 117-109, 115-109 and 115-110. With the victory, Maidana captured the World Boxing Association welterweight belt.

“The plan was to fight any which way we can do it and we won,” Maidana said. “A champion wins any way possible.”

The victory earned Maidana (35-3) a second weight-class title after an earlier reign as super-lightweight titleholder.

“When I hit him I knew I hurt him but I had to be careful because he hits hard,” Maidana said. “My training and courage allowed me to achieve this victory.”

Broner was attempting to build a substantial grip in the welterweight class following his title-winning performance against Paulie Malignaggi in June.

On the same card, Leo Santa Cruz retained his World Boxing Council super-bantamweight title with a unanimous decision win over Cesar Seda and Keith Thurman successfully defended a second-tier welterweight belt with a ninth-round technical knockout over Jesus Soto Karass.

Veteran trainer and promoter Al Bonanni, who promoted two cards at Casino Miami Jai-Alai this year, is in negotiations to present a card at the facility on Jan. 18.

According to Bonanni, the show will feature a heavy presence of South Florida-based fighters, such as Azea Augustama, Hairon Socarras, and Ahmed Elbiale.

“We improved the attendance from the first to second show and having local fighters was a big factor,” Bonanni said.

A popular location for fight shows in the 1980s and ’90s, the jai-alai fronton showcased boxing again with the opening of the adjacent casino early last year.

Johnson returns

Just when you thought he was gone from the ring for good, Miami resident and former light-heavyweight champion Glen Johnson will have yet another fight.

Johnson will make his cruiserweight debut on Wednesday night. Johnson, who turns 45 next month, will face Bobby Gunn for a regional cruiserweight belt in Bethlehem, Pa.

Late Saturday

Miami resident Socarras remained unbeaten after his first-round knockout win over Carlos Fulgencio in a card at Scala Night Club in Miami on Saturday night.

A featherweight, Socarras is 9-0-1 with six knockouts.

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