Adrien 'The Problem' Broner is set to face Paulie 'The Magic Man' Malignaggi in an interesting welterweight clash on the 22 June.
This fight has been subject to so much talk as both fighters chose to slate each other publicly. There is a real dislike between the two and that makes for an intriguing match-up between a couple of very confident guys who both believe that they are going to win.
Broner is moving up two weight divisions to face Malignaggi and show that he really is the heir to Floyd Mayweather's pound for pound title. People are raving about Broner and saying that he is going to be a huge star of the sport and has the potential to dominate.
Aged just 23 he is already a two-weight world champion at super featherweight and lightweight. Broner's record currently stands at 26 wins from 26 fights including 22 knock-outs. He does look to be a truly impressive young boxer.
Malignaggi aged 32 has much more experience of what it is like to box on the big occasion than Broner does. He has been in with the likes of Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, Juan Diaz and Amir Khan.
In contrast Broner has never really fought a big name. The biggest name on his record before is Gavin Rees who is a good European level fighter and no disrespect to Ress at all but he not quite world-class. Malignaggi has a record of 32 wins and seven losses.
This record highlights that when Malignaggi has come against the top-level fighters that he has come unstuck. It is however thought that he has improved as a boxer over the last few years and that may now be able to cope better with top opposition.
A major factor that could possibly decide the outcome of the fight is seeing how comfortable Boner is at welterweight having moved up two divisions for this fight. This could prove to be a risky decision from Broner as Malignaggi is going to be able to punch harder than anyone else that he has been in with. Despite this Malignaggi is not noted as a big puncher at all with seven wins by knock out.
This would be of comfort to Broner although with Broner's personality I doubt he has any concern at all anyway.
Broner is quick, strong and a very classy looking boxer. His last fight against Gavin Rees highlighted how good he can be. He looked son much bigger and stronger than Rees and dominated him. Broner was far too quick and Rees did really well to last as long as he did. Broner does look to be a future star of the sport but if he is to live up to his undoubted potential than he has to come through his fight with Malignaggi still undefeated.
Malignaggi is also a two-weight world champion as he currently holds the WBA welterweight title and is a former champ at light welterweight. He will be a good test for Broner and is extremely confident that he will win the fight.
Malignaggi claims that Broner has fought no-one of note and that he was effectively handed his titles. Malignaggi is a very engaging man with a great personality.
He is fun and captures the imagination of the people with such charisma. He is able to talk about the sport brilliantly and is great for the sport. I do however see this fight as being difficult for him to win.
I personally expect Broner to win this fight. Yes he is stepping up two weight divisions and this is his biggest fight to date by a long way but he seems like a future superstar of the boxing profession.
He is a very arrogant young man who doesn't come across very well which will mean that quite a lot of people won't like him, but the skill he possess in the ring cannot be questioned really.
Any questions about Broner I believe will be answered in this fight. I see him being too quick and technically good for Malignaggi to handle. I expect Malignaggi to have his times of success but I see a points victory for Broner who looks a class above Malignaggi to me.
I predict that Broner will look to use his technical ability to employ in and out boxing tactics and land big shots on Malignaggi without taking too many back himself. Broner seems to have modeled himself on Floyd Mayweather with the way that he acts out of the ring and the way that he stands in the ring.
He often keeps his right hand down and tucked into his chest as Mayweather does. If he goes on to get near to the achievements of Mayweather than he will have had a great career. I am expecting big things from Broner so watch this fight as it could for many be the first time of watching who could be the next great of the sport!
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