Adrien Broner Next Fight: Marcos Maidana Bout To Determine Future Of 'Problem'? WBC Forcing Broner To Declare Weight Class By December 15 [VIDEO]

Raimundo Ortiz
By Raimundo Ortiz @AroundtheMundo
on Nov 08, 2013 08:20 AM EST
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Adrien Broner
Boxer Adrien Broner. (Photo : Reuters)

Adrien Broner has some decisions to make. The WBC has informed "The Problem" that he has until December 15th to declare whether he plans to continue fighting at the lightweight or welterweight division, both classes in which he is a titlist.

According to, the WBC has done Broner a big favor by setting a December 15th date, since he will step in the ring with Marcos "El Chino" Maidana on the 14th. If Broner is able to take care of business against Maidana, the hardest-punching opponent he's seen in his career, he may very well abandon the lightweight division altogether.

If he falls to Maidana though, or wins but fails to hurt him, he may decide his power hasn't translated to 147 lbs. and move back down in weight. Judging by the way Broner looks in some of the prefight promotions, a move back down to lightweight might not be so surprising.

Broner has been showing up to press conferences looking very overweight, and has a controversy regarding a leaked sex tape swirling about him. He denied leaking the sex tape with two other women, but the weight issue is not new. In a fight against Vicente Escobedo, Broner was willfully overweight and paid a stiff penalty to keep the fight on.

The distractions aren't stopping him from continuing to talk trash to Maidana, though.

Recently, he derided Maidana as a one-dimensional fighter who won't be able to handle his skills. "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 there and I'm going to put on a show. Watch me light Maidana up like a Christmas tree on Dec. 14." He also said Maidana "is not in my league."

Maidana has been visibly annoyed many times by Broner's smack talk, and insisted he will shock the brash young champion on December 14th. "Everyone knows that Broner has a big mouth, but that doesn't bother me, because his mouth can't fight for him," said Maidana (34-3, 31 KO). "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."

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