SAN DIEGO, June 21, 2013 – Adrien “The Problem” Broner got the victory in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center over Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi. No big surprise to most people.
But the win wasn’t much of a victory. Broner (27-0, 22 KOs) was expected to dominate Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs) and prove himself. It didn’t happen. Malignaggi stayed busy and stayed on his feet the whole fight. He was more aggressive than Broner, particularly in the first half of the fight. He hit Broner plenty, if not hard. He had a game plan and he stuck to it.
Broner starts slow but by the third or fourth round, he takes charge and takes care of business. Although Broner did come out to play, fans who kept expecting to see him stop Malignaggi kept expecting something until the final bell.
Judge Tom Miller had it for Malignaggi, 115-113; Judges Glen Feldman and Tom Schreck saw it for Broner, 115-113 and 117-111.
Malignaggi has heart and determination. He pleased his hometown Brooklyn fans and he proved himself worthy of the matchup, a victory in its own way. He had far less trouble with Broner than with Miguel Cotto or Amir Khan. This is damning stuff when you’re Adrien Broner.
Malignaggi said after the fight, “”I’m not going to lie, it could have gone either way. But I don’t think you take the belt from the champion in his hometown.” He went on to say that the fans got their money’s worth, and that he’d made plenty of money in boxing and has a great career on Showtime. He went on to made accusations of fight fixing and blasted boxing politics. Is this an admission he’s done with fighting?
After the fight and again in the post-fight news conference, Broner said he would let his fans pick his next opponent. Discussion on Twitter immediately turned to Marcos Maidana, who had a sweet little knockout win over Josesito Lopez. Golden Boy’s Richard Schaefer said, “In my opinion, Adrien Broner versus Marcos Maidana is one of the hottest fights in the 147 pound division.” How about Lucas Matthysse? Robert Guerrero’s name also surfaced. So did Gennady Golovkin among some wisenheimers on Twitter. As if.
Broner’s naysayers (and they are many) says he still hasn’t faced anyone considered a real threat. Whoever Broner fights, he’s now under increasing pressure to deliver a breakout performance in the ring. You can keep winning and still lose the fans. Meanwhile, Broner needs to dial back the trash talk and less than admirable behavior outside the ring, including the stuff he engaged in after the fight, which I won’t reward him by repeating.
Two men who have earned respect outside of the ring didn’t meet expectations in their rematch tonight. Seth Mitchell (26-1-0, 19 KOs) made it even, winning back his title belt from Johnathon Banks (29-2-1, 19 KOs) in a unanimous decision. Banks went down in the second round, but the replay showed it was more a loss of balance. Banks hurt Mitchell at the end of the third round, but he couldn’t finish the job. Mitchell stayed in it, and the two slugged and slogged through the mud to finish 12 rounds with Mitchell taking a narrowly scored unanimous decision.
Sakio Bika (32-5-2, 21 KOs) of Australia won his super middleweight fight over Marco Antonio Periban (20-1, 13 KOs), who suffered his first loss. It was a sloppy, crazy fight with plenty of action to keep the restless Brooklyn fans happy, but the hardest blows came from the multiple head butts.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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