BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Unbeaten welterweight prospect Keith “One Time” Thurman, who is 24, called 32-year-old WBA 147-pound titleholder, Paulie Malignaggi, “son,” and “Tweety Bird,” later adding “I will come here to Brooklyn” and “whoop your a– in your own house.”
Already set to defend his belt against undefeated WBC lightweight beltholder Adrien “The Problem” Broner on June 22 at Barclay Center, Malignaggi retorted, labeling Thurman “a dummy,” before saying “get the f–k outta here dude, this is Brooklyn, you’re in my house.”
Their entertaining verbal volley transpired during Saturday night’s post-fight press conference following a unanimous decision by Thurman (20-0, 18 knockouts) over Slovenian ex-beltholder Jan Zaveck (32-3, 18 KOs) at Barclays Center.
Thurman-Zaveck took place on the undercard of an HBO-televised unanimous decision victory by 48-year-old former RING light heavyweight and middleweight champ Bernard Hopkins that dethroned IBF 175-pound titleholder Tavoris Cloud.
A winner of five straight welterweight fights, two of them by knockout, Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KOs) will try to end a six-fight knockout streak by Broner (26-0, 22 KOs), 23, who will be jumping up two weight classes after last month’s fifth-round stoppage of 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.
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