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

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

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

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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