Golden Boy Promotions formally announced Thursday that WBC lightweight champion “The Problem” Adrien Broner and WBA welterweight titleholder Paulie Malignaggi will scrap on June 22 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Broner (26-0, 22 KOs), who is often compared to “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather due to dominating roughly 300 amateur pugilists, eagerly added 12 pounds to meet Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KOs) at 147.
Ranked as the number one lightweight in the world by BoxRec and the fifth preeminent pound-for-pounder by The Ring, Broner most recently exited the squared circle on February 16 with a fifth round TKO triumph over Welshman Gavin Rees.
“The Problem” twice floored Rees (37-2-1, 18 KOs) before trainer Gary Lockett mercifully halted the battering at 2 minutes, 59 seconds into the round.
Comparatively, the 32-year-old Malignaggi, former IBF light welterweight royalty who has won five consecutive bouts at 147 pounds, last vacated the ring with a split decision victory against Mexican Pablo César Cano.
The cocky, flamboyant and simply unlikable Broner claims to be unconcerned about gaining weight or throwing fists with a native Brooklynite in New York City’s most populous borough.
“Is the weight class ready for Adrien Broner? That’s the question. It’s a helluva fight. I don’t care where the fight is,” said Broner, 23, a Cincinnatian.
“I’ll fight him in a closet, his backyard, my backyard, the Barclays Center, at a barbecue. It don’t really matter to me. Being in his hometown ain’t gonna help him when I start beating his ass. [Malignaggi] is a good fighter. He wouldn’t be a world champion if he wasn’t. He’s a [trash]-talker. I’m a [trash]-talker. He backs it up some of the time. I back mine up all of the time. I never had no beef with Malignaggi, but at the end of the day, it’s business. I’ll kick his ass, and then we can be friends. If he takes it personal, that’s on him, not on me.”
Despite getting his face broken by Miguel Cotto in June 2006, Malignaggi somehow managed to go the distance against the Puerto Rican icon.
Hence, Malignaggi, who last lost to Amir Khan by an 11th-round knockout in May 2010, is undoubtedly a legitimate badass brimming with testicular fortitude.
Still, regardless of any size advantage favoring “The Magic Man,” Broner will utterly overwhelm Malignaggi.
“(Kicking) his ass” throughout, expect Adrien Broner to knock Paulie Malignaggi onto Queer Street within eight lopsided rounds this summer in Gotham.by