Boxing
 
           === Maidana dominates Broner to take welterweight belt ===
 
 San  Antonio,  TX (SportsNetwork.com)  - Hard-hitting Argentine Marcos Maidana
 floored  Adrien  Broner twice and  took the WBA  welterweight title with a 12-
 round unanimous decision at the Alamodome Saturday night.
 
 The  scores were 117-109, 116-109 and 115-110 as Maidana took the title Broner
 held since his win over Paulie Malignaggi in June.
 
 Maidana  (35-3, 31 KOs) sent Broner (27-1, 22 KOs) to the canvas for the first
 time  in  his career  only 20 seconds  into round two  with a devastating left
 hook.
 
 Despite  being  backed against the ropes  and into corners consistently in the
 second, Broner spoke to referee Laurence Cole throughout the round.
 
 Midway  through  round eight, Broner was  victimized by another left hook, but
 Maidana  gave the  point right  back when  he was  penalized for  delivering a
 headbutt to the chin of his opponent. Broner went to the floor in obvious pain
 and the bout was stopped for a moment with 64 seconds left in the round.
 
 Maidana  acknowledged  being hurt  by a punch  that came at  the final bell of
 round  11,  but finished the fight  in dominating fashion and landed more than
 100 more power punches than his opponent.
 
 Fans threw debris at Broner as his camp raced to the tunnel before there could
 be  a  postfight interview.  Broner was  assisted to  his dressing room, while
 Maidana was crowned champion and flashed the belt in delivering the first loss
 of Broner's career.
 
 On  the undercard,  Beibut Shumenov kept his WBA super light heavyweight title
 with a third-round technical knockout of Tamas Kovacs.
 
 Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs) pounded Kovacs in the third round and delivered a right
 to the face while his opponent was in the corner. Referee Rafael Ramos stopped
 the fight with five seconds left in the round.
 
 Kovacs  (23-1, 14 KOs), a native of Slovakia, was fighting in the U.S. for the
 first  time. It  was a rude awakening for  "Tomi Kid" as he was dropped in the
 first round with a left hook.
 
 Leo  Santa Cruz  successfully defended his WBC super bantamweight title with a
 12-round  unanimous decision  over Cesar  Seda.  Santa Cruz  (26-0-1, 15  KOs)
 floored  Seda  (25-2, 17 KOs)  in round five  and went on  to win by scores of
 117-110, 116-111 and 115-112.
 
 
 
 12/14 23:56:49 ET

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