MANILA, Philippines – Former world champion Adrien Broner has exercised his rematch clause against Argentina’s Marcos Maidana.
The hard-hitting Maidana handed Broner his first career loss in December, winning the WBA welterweight belt via unanimous decision.
Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer told Boxing Scene that Broner has exercised his rematch clause, and the second fight will take place either on April 19 in San Antonio, Texas or on April 26 in Los Angeles.
“There was a rematch clause. Broner exercised it today and said he wants to fight Maidana again,” Schaefer said. “The first fight was a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate. The boxing world is still buzzing about it.”
“Everybody is still talking about it, and you have to hand it to Broner that he wants to go in and set the record straight,” he added.
With Broner exercising his rematch clause, Maidana has now been removed from the list of candidate opponents for unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“It obviously appears as such,” Schaefer said in Boxing Scene when asked if Maidana is “no longer viable for Mayweather” when the pound-for-pound king returns in May.
“But as we all know, Floyd is planning on fighting twice this year, so there are going to be other dates available,” he added.
Schaefer is expecting another battle in the Broner-Maidana rematch, pointing to the obvious animosity between the two fighters.
“You are going to see a lot of that animosity carried over into the rematch,” he said. “The big question will be – will it be round 13 or is it going to be round one? Is Adrien Broner going to make the necessary adjustments to control the hurricane Maidana?”
“Or is hurricane Maidana going to pick up where he left off? There will be a lot of interesting questions in that fight and it is one of the biggest fights that you can make at this point,” he added.