In advance of their June 22 fight at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, past bouts featuring WBC lightweight titleholder Adrien “The Problem” Broner and WBA welterweight titleholder Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi will be shown by Golden Boy Classics on Fox Deportes Saturday at 5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT.
Broner’s unanimous decision over former WBC featherweight beltholder Daniel Ponce de Leon in March of 2011 will be featured on the broadcast.
Since that fight, Broner (26-0, 22 knockouts), who turns 24 in July, has been on a tear, notching six straight stoppage victories over Jason Litzau, Vicente Rodriguez, Eloy Perez, Vicente Escobedo, Antonio DeMarco and Gavin Rees.
Broner’s fight with Escobedo, a fifth-round knockout in July of 2012, was allowed to happen despite the fact that it was contested over the junior lightweight limit of 130 pounds because Broner missed weight by 3 1/2 pounds, an infraction that cost him his WBO belt at the scales.
Broner rose into the lightweight division for his next bout — November’s eighth-round stoppage that dethroned DeMarco as the WBC’s 135-pound beltholder — and defended his title against Rees.
Golden Boy Classics will also feature Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KOs), 32, scoring a unanimous decision in his second-ever welterweight bout over Jose Miguel Cotto, the older brother of three-division titlewinner Miguel Cotto, in April of 2011.
Malignaggi is coming off a Showtime-televised split-decision victory over Mexico City’s Pablo Cesar Cano at Barclays Center last October, and has not lost since falling by 11th-round knockout against Amir Khan in a failed bid to earn the WBA’s 140-pound belt in May of 2010.
Having partially blamed extreme weight loss for his setback against Khan, Malignaggi has since won five consecutive 147-pound bouts, including a ninth-round knockout of Vyacheslav Senchenko for his current belt in April of last year.
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