Adrien Broner: 'I'm not going to run from Maidana'

Al Bello

Adrien Broner is dead-set on fighting Marcos Maidana this fall, and says he won't avoid action against a dangerous puncher.

If Adrien Broner has his way, he'll be defending his WBA welterweight title this fall against Marcos Maidana, and the 24-year-old three-division titleholder says that if he gets the fight, he won't run, and that Maidana will fall again -- and stay down this time.

"That's definitely a fight I want. There's only two fights I wanted. My bro Danny Garcia is fighting Matthysse so I'm going to fight that other motherfucker that nobody else wants to fight and that's Maidana. He's a fighter. Hell of a fighter, hell of a puncher so you know it's going to be a hell of a fight. I'm not going to run from him. I'll be there all night, he's going to be there all night and I want everyone to anticipate the fight. ... Maidana, he can take a shot but he goes down. And a person who goes down that gets hit by Adrien Broner don't get up."

Broner (27-0, 22 KO) didn't exactly end the doubts about his ability to be a top fighter at 147 pounds with his June 22 win over Paulie Malignaggi, a mildly debated split decision at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Though a solid win, and especially for a guy who's never fought over 135 pounds before, it does leave unanswered a few things. How well can Broner deal with a puncher at welterweight? Is he really ready for this weight, or is he just talented enough that he can pass as a welterweight contender, even if he's probably putting himself at a disadvantage compared to what he could do at 135 or 140?

The latest word is that Broner-Maidana could headline a November 9 pay-per-view.

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