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SecondsOut Team Picks: Maidana vs Alexander/Broner vs Perez


SecondsOut Team Picks: Maidana vs Alexander/Broner vs Perez

Saturday night at the Scottrade Center, St Louis, Missouri Argentine tough guy Marcos Maidana takes on American Devon Alexander in a welterweight clash while Adrien Broner defends his WBO super-featherweight crown against Eloy Perez..As usual our brave army of writers once again put their reputations on the line to pick a winner.

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The big fights over the last few month have been pretty easy to predict a winner but Maidana vs Alexander I’m happy to say is pick em fight in my humble opinion. Will the silky skills of Devon Alexander be enough to keep the tough brawling Argentine tank at bay? I’m really looking forward to this one. I see this being a very tough fight for both and it could go either way. But I have a feeling the boxing skills of Alexander will just about see him home by the tightest of margins via split decision

 

Broner vs Perez
This another tough one to call. For me Broner is the heavier puncher and fought in better class. I see his all round toughness being a problem for Perez in the latter part of the fight. It will be close but I see Broner edging this one on points in a competitive fight

 

Broner pts 12
Alexander pts 10
Clive Bernath
Editor In Chief

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Marcos Maidana is never in a bad fight. When he picked himself off the deck to stop Victor Ortiz, he became a fan favorite. When he survived the early onslaught of Amir Khan only to steady the ship and rock Khan, he rose to the top of everyone’s fantasy boxing match-making list. He faces Devon Alexander on the road, a place that many people is responsible for keeping Alexander in the win column for two of his last three fights. In this classic case of boxer vs puncher, I believe that this match-up is tailor made for Alexander. Maidana will come forward against a freight train, but I think the added weight will take more away from his speed than add to his power. Alexander is polished, and he showed that he could land with pop when his opponent is stationary. I would not be shocked if Alexander wins by stoppage.

 

Broner vs Peez

Adrian Broner has used HBO’s stage to make a name for himself. He seems to believe in the Mayweather brand of self-promoting, and that is to get people to both love and loathe you. The only difference is that Mayweather had accomplished a lot more, came from a boxing family, and displayed more skills before he became an attraction. Broner could make a big leap in that direction if he could stop the hungry and undefeated Perez. I do not think he is ready for that leap. I think Perez will overcome a slow start and begin to take over and walk-down Broner in the middle to late rounds

 

Perez tko 9
Alexander pts 10
Jason Pribilla
Bethlehem, PA
USA

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This fight appears to me to be a matchup of two fighters who have made a sizable splash in the boxing landscape while still leaving something to be desired. They both own quality wins over formidable opponents, but haven’t been as impressive against others. For all the talent Alexander has, he couldn’t put it together against Timothy Bradley, and looked uninspired against Andriy Kotelnyk and Lucas Matthysse. For as intimidating as Maidana is, he couldn’t dominate an old, brave Erik Morales nor muster enough skill to defeat Amir Khan. While I think Alexander can easily defeat Maidana if well prepared, I’m not sure he’ll be able to turn things around if the goings get tough.

 

Broner vs Perez
Eloy Perez is a good fighter. He has some speed and appears to be tough -- but has he been in there with the opposition that Broner has? The experience Broner gained against Daniel Ponce de Leon could be invaluable in this as I don’t foresee Perez going out as easily as Vicente Rodriguez did in Broner’s last fight. We’ve seen Broner display power before, but it’s hard to tell how much his thin frame carries, and if it’ll be enough to put Perez out. If not, his speed and counter punching will be of big help. The only thing I see stopping Broner is his mental and physical preparation. Clearly, he has enjoyed the spotlight leading up to this fight.

 

Broner pts 12
Maidana tko 10
José Santana Jr.
Cleveland, Ohio
USA


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The irony here is that if this fight was at 140lbs or scheduled for twelve rounds then I would pick Maidana by stoppage. As it is a welterweight ten rounder, I pick the southpaw stylist to get off to a great start and survive some rocky moments to take a split decision. I think Maidana will run out of time and Alexander’s punch picking will be decisive.

 

Broner vs Perez
This is a fabulous fight between two undefeated American stars. I’m almost sold on Broner, although I’m keen to see him mix it with the best fighters out there. Perez is a tough challenger but I think the Cincinnati fire cracker has too much armory and will prevail by unanimous decision. If Broner defends his title with ease, and scores a KO, then all the boxes are ticked.

 

Broner pts 12
Alexander pts 10
Tom Gray
Motherwell
Scotland

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"Devon Alexander needs an impressive win against the hard hitting Marcos Maidana. This should be interesting as both fighters are now at welterweight, at least for this fight. Alexander has the faster hands and better boxing skills but Maidana is also a very good boxer to compliment his power. I think this will be a close fight with Alexander winning a decision. Maidana will have to win 7 of 10 rounds in dominant fashion to win on the judges’ cards. A knockout is always possible when Maidana is involved but I think Devon will hold on long enough. It is probably to Devon’s favor that this fight is only scheduled for 10 rounds.

 

Broner Vs Perez
Adrien Broner looked very good in his last two fights and it seems that he can rule this division for a while if chooses to stay. The Ponce De Leon fight didn’t earn him many fans but the Litzau fight sure did. He did what he was supposed to in his most recent outing and I believe he will do the same against Eloy Perez. Perez, although sporting an undefeated record with only two draws, hasn’t been in with anyone of Broner’s caliber. He’s a light puncher and that will not play in his favor. Broner will pick his shots and eventually hand Perez his first loss. I think a stoppage is in the cards.

 

Broner tko 8
Alexander W Pts 10
Derek Gionta
Pittsburgh,
PA
USA

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Marcos Maidana vs. Devon Alexander: Tough call. I see both of these top junior-welterweights as flawed, but still at the very top of the division. Both have inpressed and both have fallen short in key fights. The only tangible difference I see between them is Alexander’s skill set. Both guys can hit, but Devon has more options to draw on depending on how the fight progresses. Maidana goes down, but he gets up, so I don’t see a knockout. Alexander by decision.

 

Broner vs Perez
Adrien Broner vs. Eloy Perez: Another tough call. I am impressed with both but Broner has the better opposition on his record and the bigger punch, so while this one can go either way, my money is on Broner.by a late stoppage. It should go down by the eighth round.

 

Broner tko 8
Alexander pt10
Jerry Glick
New York
New York City
USA

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Devon Alexander only mixes it up with the best. He’s been getting harsh criticism over his last three or four fights. He should have lost to Kotelnik, he showed
a lack of heart against Bradley, but I felt he did enough to secure a narrow decision over Matthysse in a fight either guy could have won. I think the Maidana fight is going to resemble the Juan Urango fight the most though. Urango troubled Alexander quite a bit throughout their contest before Devon landed the best punch of his career. The mistake people made perhaps was forgetting that it was actually a close fight. I think Maidana will provide similar trouble as well. However, this trouble will last all-night long. Maidana is pretty inconsistent himself, so it’s hard to say which fighter will show up for either man. Maidana will bring the pressure for sure. Alexander should probably have rebuilt himself over a few softies, but you have to give him credit in the balls department. I expect another give and take fight. Maidana lands the bigger bombs, but Alexander lands more clean punches. In the end, there is no clear winner. Draw.

 

Broner vs Perez
Broner is looking more and more impressive, but Eloy Perez is a liver body than Jason Litzau or Vincente Martin Rodriguez. Perez has good experience, but in the end the big separation is going to be Broner’s speed, power, and confidence. Perez will not be able to make Broner cautious the way Daniel Ponce De Leon did. Broner is big for his weight and that should carry along with a clear advantage until he grows into a full lightweight. .

 

Broner tko 6
Maidana vs Alexander Draw
Derek Bonnett
Connecticut,
USA

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This fight stylistically is as close to the classic boxer-brawler encounter as you could wish to see. Where as "El Chino" has seen his stock levels rise after exciting fights with Amir Khan and Erik Morales, the opposite can be said of Alexander. He is widely considered to have been extremley fortunate to be declared a winner over Lucas Mattheysse last time out and his previous encounter with Timothy Bradley was a stinker in the best possible terms. Maidana will look to swarm all over Alexander to land his heavy artillery as the Missouri southpaw picks his punches from the outside. In a close fight I see Maidana’s workrate overcoming the skills of Alexander to score a points victory.


Broner vs Perez

Broner has looked increasingly impressive in his last few outings after a rather tepid display against Ponce De Leon. Always flash and brash, he seems to be planting his feet more and sitting down on his punches, generating the knockout power that has taken care of Jason Litzau and an overmatched Vicente Rodriguez. Perez gets his chance without beating anyone of note in the division and looks up against it here. Broner will be too fast and slick for "The Prince", scoring a lopsided points victory.

 

Broner pts 12
Maidana pts 10
Danny Winterbottom
Manchester
England

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Devon Alexander must show his abilities as a pugilistic chess player if he is to have any shot at defeating the hard-charging Marcos Maidana. The Argentine slugger has a tendency to come straight forward and at times throw punches in bunches. He is relentless and will not let up at any cost. The onus will clearly be on the hometown fighter (Alexander) to outsmart Maidana and use the entire ring to his advantage. In order to win, he simply cannot stand in front or trade shot for shot with him. Conclusively, "El Chino" has the ability to take "Alexander the Great" into untested territories by way of his constant pressure. If Maidana can stay in Devon’s face, then the night will be his. The fact that the bout is being held in Alexander’s backyard of St. Louis may ultimately be the trump card should the bout be closely contested. Difficult to call. Somewhat of a toss up.

 

Maidana pts 10
Marc Livitz
Austin, Texas
USA

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Marcos Maidana is one tough SOB. He will certainly test Devon Alexander and could win if he turns it into a war. Although Alexander has been a primetime disappointment so far in his career, the hometown guy will fight a smart fight and outbox the slugger. Translation: It could be a boring fight if Alexander sticks to his gameplan of hitting and running. HBO made this fight to see if the aggressive bull can catch the clever cat. I think the cat wins this one.

 

Broner vs Perez
This may be a great fight. Two hungry prospects with undefeated records looking to make a statement rarely disappoints. Adrien Broner is the brash young guy who may be a star if he can prove he has skills and not just flash. His KO of Jason Litzau can’t be dismissed, it was impressive, but I don’t think he’s truly been tested yet. If he beats Perez convincingly, there will be bigger paydays ahead. I believe he has the power and talent to beat Perez in a tough fight.

 

Broner pts 12
Alexander pts 10
Rocco Nguyen
Alexandria, VA
USA

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Maidana = 6

Alexander = 3

Draw = 1

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Broner = 8

Perez = 1

February 24, 2012




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