Broner knocks out Perez, Alexander schools Maidana
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (Feb 26, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions)
Devon Alexander (23-1, 13 KOs) easily defeated Marcos Maidana (31-3, 28 KOs)
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing: Adrien Broner showed why he’s such a problem by dominating previously undefeated Eloy Perez at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. Broner (23-0, 19 KOs) knocked out Perez (23-1, 7 KOs) in round four to regain his WBO super featherweight title.

Perez, from Salinas, California, smiled as he made his way to the ring. Broner rapped his way through the ropes moving to the beat of his own drummer.

The fight started slowly as both men looked for an opening. Broner used his speed to land a long jab. Perez crouched and tried to strike but missed. Broner landed a counter left hook that knocked Perez back a step. He inched closer and connected a with a double jab and hook at the bell.

The 22-year-old Broner started quickly in round two with another double jab to the head and body of Perez. Broner was keeping his left shoulder high to deflect any Perez overhand rights.

Perez landed a right to Broners side but ate another left in return. The defending champion backed Perez into the corner and landed three right hands and a left that staggered Perez.

In round three Perez continued to try and land a fight changer but couldn’t. He was being dominated and knew it. Broner was walking him down with jabs and strong rights. Broner employed his uppercut to snap Perez’s head back. A big right near the end of the round stunned Perez again.

In round four Perez connected with a left hook that made Broner smile. The Cincinnati fighter continued to stalk Perez. A lead right to the eye sent Perez forward. Broner immediately followed with another right that deposited Perez on the canvas. The over matched fighter tried to get up but tumbled back to the mat at the 2:24 mark.

Champion Broner doubled up Perez on punches landed. He also landed 36 power punches to 17 for Perez. His performance was impressive.

“This fight I said I was going to make a statement,” said Broner. “I proved what a good fighter looks like against an elite fighter. I’m the best at 130.”

Perez shrugged off the defeat.

“He wasn't too strong. He was really nothing. He just caught me with one shot, but he deserves the win. He's the champ and I respect that. He just caught me.”

Broner had won every round on all three judges scorecards when the knocked occurred.

“My technique was too much for him at the end of the day,” Broner explained.

In the co-feature, Devon Alexander (23-1, 13 KOs) easily defeated Marcos Maidana (31-3, 28 KOs) by wide unanimous decision. Alexander’s superior boxing skill was on display throughout the ten rounder as he handled anything the tough Maidana attempted. When Maidana pushed Alexander to slug, the St Louis fighter complied, landing sharp combinations to the head and body.

Alexander outpunched Maidana 168-93 and held a 149-85 advantage in power blows. His combinations to the body and head hurt his opponent in the sixth round.

All three judges had Alexander winning handily by scores of 100-90 twice, and 99-91.

Alexander savored his victory in the center of the ring.

“Me and my coach we trained hard,” said Alexander. “We analyzed myself and figured out what we did wrong. I’m still learning. My power is there at 147. Speed kills. I know what I’m capable of doing.”

Maidana felt the extra weight hurt his chances.

“He’s very fast,” he said. “I went up to 147 and it wasn’t my division. I did the best I could.

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