In an earlier interview with RingTV.com, WBA welterweight titleholder Paulie Malignaggi implied that he thought rising WBC lightweight beltholder Adrien “The Problem” Broner was balking at facing him in a proposed June 22 clash at Barclays Center on HBO in Malignaggi’s native Brooklyn.
On Friday, Broner (26-0, 22 knockouts) contacted RingTV.com to deny Malignaggi’s implication, doing so in an obscenity-laced manner.
“I ain’t saying s__t. I ain’t saying s__t. F__k Paulie. F__k everybody that thinks Paulie’s got a chance,” said Broner, a 23-year-old who will be after his seventh straight stoppage victory.
“F__k everybody. It’s on the floor, like a floor tile. I’m f__king him up, and that’s that. I’m putting it out there just like that.”
A former IBF junior welterweight titleholder, Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KOs) has won five straight fights at 147 pounds.
“I haven’t received a contract for the bout agreement yet, so I’m waiting on that,” said Malignaggi, who is 32. “I hope to receive one soon so that we can start scheduling everything, but I’m hearing rumblings through the boxing world that Broner’s not so keen on taking this fight.”
Broner assured RingTV.com that he does intend to face Malignaggi.
“Paulie had better come into the ring with two A-K’s, a nine, and a 40, because if he don’t, I don’t see him having a chance,” said Broner.
“Everybody has a boxer’s chance, but I’m A.B., man. I’m about business and I’m always ballin’. Can’t be me, you feel me? And I ain’t broke. With that being said, I’m getting to this money.”
Although Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer has said Broner-Malignaggi will happen on HBO, a network spokesperson would not comment when asked about the potential conflict for the June 22 date between Broner-Malignaggi and the return of former WBC middleweight beltholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Chavez’s promoter, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, had indicated that the date belonged to Chavez Jr. for a bout to happen in Texas. Arum, however, amended his statement late Thursday evening, telling RingTV.com that Chavez would return “on June 22 or 29; wherever HBO wants to put us.”
Asked if the fight was taking place on HBO, Broner said, “Of course,” adding, “I’m Mr. HBO, man. You know what network I’m fighting on.”
Photos by Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos, Golden Boy Promotions
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