The question for months about Adrien Broner was could he actually make the jump to stardom, and carry his own pay per view boxing event?
We will still have to wait for that answer, even after Broner faces Marcos Maidana on December 14.
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer and Showtime Vice President Stephen Espinoza announced to a pack media contingent that the Broner vs Maidana bout was being moved from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and would no longer be a pay per view bout.
The fight will now be shown on Showtime under a revamped year-end schedule that Showtime says will help conclude a record-setting year in boxing for both companies.
“To be able to put this card together with all of these fights, it’s clearly a pay per view card and I don’t remember in the history that we’ve been promoting a card with that much on it. It shows our commitment to the sport and that we’re also fans of the sport”
“This fight will be at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. There are great fans there and we know that they’ll be embracing this card. Jesse James Leija and Mike Battah really wanted to bring another card to San Antonio. We had originally planned to hold a bout on November 30 and that has been scrapped.”
“We think that one day, Adrien Broner will be a Las Vegas headliner, but now I think this is the right thing to do. We weren’t looking to necessarily cancel the card on November 30, rather we looked to reward San Antonio with a great night of boxing on December 14.”
The two gigantic cards will be held on back to back weekends beginning December 7.
On the December 7 card from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Zab “Super” Judah will take on Paulie Malignaggi in a 12-round showdown for Brooklyn Bragging rights.
On the undercard, Devon Alexander will take on unbeaten prospect Shawn Porter, junior middleweight contender Erislandy Lara will battle Austin Trout, and WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika’s will make his first title defense against unbeaten propsect Anthony Dirrell.
Then on December 14 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Adrien Broner will make his first title defense against Marcos Maidana.
That undercard will be stacked with heavy punchers. including rising star Keith “One Time” Thurman as he defends his WBA Interim Welterweight world title against Jesus “Renuente” Soto Karass of Mexico City.
Leo Santa Cruz will face Cesar Seda in a Bantamweight bout. Victor Ortiz will make his much-anticipated return to the ring after 18 months and a broken jaw.
Ortiz will face Alfonso Gomez.
The question now is what does this mean for Adrien Broner. The young fighter from Cincinnati has tried to model himself after Floyd Mayweather Jr., minus the hard work and dedication.
The bout with Maidana was rescheduled two different times because Broner reportedly wasn’t working hard enough, and wasn’t in good shape.
He has no killer instincts and most of the time acts as if he has no care in the world when it comes to boxing.
Having a pay per view card switched back to cable is embarrassing and should serve as a wake up call to Golden Boy Promotion’s new problem.
The pun was intended.