BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer said that the June 22 match between undefeated WBC beltholder Adrien “The Problem” Broner and WBA welterweight titleholder Paulie Malignaggi at Barclays Center is headed for HBO.
Schaefer confirmed the situation during a press conference at Barclays Center following Saturday night’s HBO-televised matchup during which 48-year-old former RING light heavyweight and middleweight champ Bernard Hopkins dethroned IBF 175-pound titleholder Tavoris Cloud by unanimous decision.
Malignaggi, 32, is employed by Showtime as a ringside commentator.
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“Adrien Broner has been fighting on HBO, and I’m sure that’s going to continue, so I’m going to be talking to them next week, because first, I needed to get the fight done. But yes, we are planning on doing that with HBO. HBO could have maybe objections because some of these fighters went over to Showtime, and Showtime could have objections about this,” said Schaefer.
“But at the end of the day, we need to do what is right for the fighters, and I’m sure that we have enough talent. Our fighter pool is so deep that I think that there is enough for everyone. We’re not exclusive to Showtime, and we’re not exclusive to HBO. I have nice relationships with both of them, and I think that there should be enough talent within the Golden Boy stable that both networks can get certain fights. To answer your questions more specifically, no, Showtime has no objections to that.”
A winner of five straight welterweight fights, two of them by knockout, Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KOs) informed RingTV.com recently that he had been formally contacted by Golden Boy about a potential fight with Broner (26-0, 22 KOs), who is 23.
Malignaggi likes his chances against Broner, who scored his sixth straight stoppage victory in the fifth-round last month against ex-beltholder Gavin Rees on HBO.
A native of Brooklyn, Malignaggi has not lost since falling by 11th-round knockout as a junior welterweight against Amir Khan in a failed bid to earn the WBA’s 140-pound belt in May of 2010. Malignaggi is coming off October’s split-decision victory over Pablo Cesar Cano at Barclays Center.
“They’re both good talkers who are going to fight each other,” said Schaefer. “I’m sure that it’s going to be a great fight. We have now agreed to terms with both fighters. They want to fight each other.”
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