Found June 26, 2013 on
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Credit: Ed Muholland
I thought Adrien Broner deserved the split decision he got against WBA Welterweight beltholder Paulie Malignaggi on Saturday. Broner did the far more hurtful damage. The bigger question that lurks following Broner’s win is whether he is primed to be at the top.
The victory leaves room for interpretation. Broner certainly looks and acts the part. He is undoubtedly talented and at 23, there is a lot of upside. We might want to hold off before nominating him as the heir-apparent.
Yet against Malignaggi, he coasted. Meanwhile, Malignaggi fought like a possessed maniac in a dogfight. One couldn’t help but wonder how Broner would look against a guy whose punches were actually thrown with hurtful intent. It’s just that there are a few signs that are disturbing and difficult to ignore in light of Broner already being named the future PFP king.
Before I get too carried away in being skeptical of Broner’s future prospects in the big picture, he is only 23 years old. In a...
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For a moment ignore all the silliness that led up to the Paulie Malignaggi vs. Adrien Broner this past Saturday. Just concentrate on the fight and what you saw with your eyes.
What you should have seen was a past his prime boxer with no power almost steal a victory, just because his opponent rather clown around instead of being a professional.
Adrien Broner’s “big brother”...
(Paulie Malignaggi, left, chews on a right hand, courtesy of Adrien Broner; Photo credit: Ed Mulholland/USA Today)
It finally happened. The brush gag got outright booed and hissed. Adrien Broner may have used up a chunk of his goodwill in lollygagging past Paulie Malignaggi in a main event to win a welterweight strap. It didn't help that it came immediately after the Seth...
That's your fight of the weekend above, if you were otherwise busy keeping track of who was banging whom and how seriously between Adrien Broner and Paulie Malignaggi. Krzysztof Wlodarczyk hasn't always done it with ease, and Rakhim Chakhkiev made his life very, very hard, but Wlodarczyk has amassed quite a cruiserweight record. And Chakhkiev showed the hype was not premature...