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Big Mouths Mauling~~Adrian Broner vs Paulie Malignaggi

Boxing‘s newest wunderkind and jail’s latest bait Adrian Broner steps up 2 divisions to welterweight to challenge WBA champ Paulie Maliganaggi. The “bout” is today, June 22nd at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Big Broner vs Tyny Rees

Big Broner vs Tyny Rees

It was no surprise when Broner was arrested down Miami way not long ago for biting another man during a fracas outside a hotel. He seems hell bent on duplicating the style and the life of his mentor Floyd Mayweather Jr by way of flushing money down toilet videos to the accumulating rap sheet. Arrangements were quickly made and he was released on bond to be whisked straightaway into a training camp where his minders kept him on the short leash with no muzzle until ready to be released in the ring today.

As mouthy fighters go, these gentlemen are among the mouthiest with mouth flapping apparatuses in a freeflowing spewage of raw uncut sewage, not that many of us could ever bother listening, but that’s what the cacophony of headlines screamed in the leadup.

Broner will likely be the much bigger guy come fight night after rehydration. His team carefully selected the nominal WBA welter titlist Malignaggi as the smallest, weakest link in the Golden Boy stable of available fighters as the least risk to his division climbing ambitions. As with Mayweather, Broner previously had his JC Castillo moment of being beat up when former banty and featherweight champ Daniel Ponce De Leon more noted for his slugging prowess easily gave Broner a thorough boxing lesson, but was just too small to really do more than sting him at will. It takes a knockout to derail a touted Hayman/Golden Boy fighter, something Malignaggi is not likely to deliver.

For the big knockout, go to the supporting undercard where Al Hayman touted heavyweight Seth Mitchell hopes not to replicate his snake eyes exit against Klitschko promoted Johnathon Banks in their rematch. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it.

Paulie Malignaggi is not only a weak champion, but something of an underachiever, best known for the game losing scrap he gave Miguel Cotto when both were undefeated in full pomp at the start of their primes. Since then he’s been more of a poser than fighter, a preener rather than a boxer, though former lightweight champ Juan Diaz had the pressuring style to put him in an entertaining pair of fights that they split. He did seize opportunity to beat the aging undefeated Vyacheslav Senchenko on a stupendous cut that ended his KO drought, but then lucky to scrap himself off the canvas to secure a hometown split in his first defense against Pablo Cesar Cano.

Of the few fights I’ve seen Broner in, he’s been a plodder, easy to hit in his Mayweather shoulder roll defense, but he has the power to overcome light swatters who stand in front of him like DeMarco and Rees did most recently. Malignaggi can stick and move pretty all night to make this fight tough unless his marching orders from Hayman/Golden Boy News of the Ring World are to stand and trade. Broner told Larry Merchant that he’s like dog doodoo on his opponent’s shoe once they sign the contract to face him, perhaps the most apt descriptor of his touted career progress thus far.

Black and Blue....yeah, right....

Black and Blue….yeah, right….

Could be modestly entertaining or more likely deadly dull, but never destined to be a great fight after The Problem leapt over the strongest division in boxing, the junior welts, to have an easier go at Paulie. It is what it is, a soundtrack of profaned and befouled sound and fury to promote a weak era in boxing where promoters rely on gimmicks after having done nothing to redevelop boxing into the spectacle sport it used to be.

British Invade Washington DC–Amir Khan vs Lamont Peterson.

The British will be invading Washington DC Saturday, December 10th as their Crown Prince, WBA/IBF junior welterweight titlest Amir Khan defends his crown against local contender, Lamont Peterson.

Khan at work

Khan at work

Both of these fighters are of traditional prime age, 24 years for Khan and 27 years for Peterson, and both are classic boxer types with Khan holding a 26-1, 18 KO record against 29-1-1, 15 KO record of Peterson. Both are fairly big fighters for the weight with Khan announcing that he will be moving up to the welterweight division after this fight to pursue more opportunities, ie, a Floyd Mayweather Jr match.

Lamont Peterson

Lamont Peterson

Plotting a career path may be well and good for mice and men, but Lamont Peterson surely must be as hungry a fighter as Khan has ever faced and has the boxing skills to negate Khan’s own skills to keep the match competitive in a hometown setting. Though his record may not reflect it, I do believe Peterson has enough power and sharpness on his punches to hurt Khan, and in any battle of the chins, Peterson may just have that edge over Khan who suffered a spectacular 1st round knockout loss to Breidis Prescott and need blatant interventions from referee Joe Cortez to keep from being knocked out by Marcos Maidana.

Peterson has already tasted the power of a bigger more powerful fighter in Victor Ortiz, so is likely to have full confidence going into this bout. If he wins, could be he wins the Floyd Mayweather Jr sweepstakes, or at very least become a much bigger player in the boxing landscape. 

Peterson’s question marks are whether he is possessed of the championship attributes needed to dethrone a very good boxer/puncher being trained by the best in the business today, Freddie Roach.

Peterson lost to the best he faced thusfar in Timothy Bradley, and he was quite fortunate to scrape by with a draw against Victor Ortiz who clearly controlled the fight and knocked him down. None of those fighters is remotely similar to Khan who has done well against light swatters Andriy Kotelnyk, Paul Malignaggi, and  Paul McCloskey.

They will have to fight to hash out their future career paths, so as the scrappy referee Mills Lane was want to announce before the start of every fight:

“Let’s get it on!”

Replay of 2009 Fight of the Year, Marquez vs Diaz II

This Saturday we have the reprisal of 2009’s had to have been there, seen that Ring Fight of the Year between defending WBO/WBA/Ring lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz.

Marquez vs Diaz

Marquez vs Diaz

For those that didn’t see that fight, Juan Diaz absolutely took Marquez to the woodshed and administered a beating that had him out on his feet, only to have Marquez rally after a cut was opened on Diaz, sparking the primordial killer instinct in Marquez who proceeded to knock the 7 bells out of Diaz to short circuit his command and control center.That was 17 months ago, and since that time both moved up in weight and looked highly vulnerable. Marquez lost almost every round to Floyd Mayweather in his ballyhooed comeback welterweight bout, and Diaz split a series with former junior welter champ, Paul Malignaggi who was coming off his horrendous knockout at the hands of Ricky Hatton.

Moreover, each has been in a long struggle absorbing punishment against top opposition for some time now. With Marquez, it is been consecutive bouts starting with Marco Antonio  Barrera in 2007 and followed by Juarez, Pacquiao, Casamayor, Diaz, and Mayweather. With Diaz it dates back to 2008 with Nate Campbell, Katsidis, Marquez, and Malignaggi twice. That’s 68 tough rounds for Marquez late in his career and 57 tough rounds for the decade younger Diaz and doesn’t include the hundreds of rounds needed to sharpen them for such strong competition by top flight sparring partners.

Marquez vs Diaz II

As defending champion and victor of their first fight, Marquez enters the match as a strong favorite, but under such history, it’s fair to say that numbers mean nothing to this fight which boils down to how much each has left and can put on the line, a quantifiable number only Mother Nature knows and She ain’t talkin’.

Both have been great champions and if their physical assets and ring acumen are still in balance, it’s quite possible we could see another fight of the year type battle out of them. Oh, and the undercard is stacked with plenty of younger up and coming talent in title challenges, so fight fans should be well pleased to tune in to this card.

The Card Lineup

The Card Lineup