The vitriol for the Paulie Malignaggi-Adrien Broner welterweight title match has been particularly harsh with insults being thrown back and forth. It has not been the typical trash talk that accompanies boxing matches.
With Malignaggi’s ex-girlfriend (a loose acquaintance is how he described her) being dragged into the mix it has gone beyond trash talking and has gotten to the Jerry Springer level. It’s no longer business. It’s personal.
Mike Stafford, Broner’s trainer, believes it will all go away after the fight is over. He thinks that Broner and Malignaggi will hug it out in the middle of the ring once the final bell sounds.
Malignaggi isn’t so sure.
“This is more than just the normal trash talk,” Malignaggi said before a Tuesday afternoon workout at Gleason’s Gym. “He went and dragged out some stuff that I thought I had buried four months ago. I don’t mind trash talking about boxing, saying he’s going to knock me out and stuff like that. But this is really stuff about my personal life that I wanted to keep personal.”
ARUM SIGNS MONAGHAN
Promoter Bob Arum announced the signing of Seanie Monaghan, a light heavyweight contender from Long Beach, N.Y., at the Friar’s Club in Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon.
Monaghan will make his debut for Top Rank fighting Anthony Caputo-Smith on the undercard of the Timothy Bradley-Juan Manuel Marquez show at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas on Oct. 12.
This is big news in New York where Monaghan (18-0, 11 KOs) is a fan favorite and one of the biggest ticket sellers in the city because of his all-action style.
KLITSCHKO IN THE HOUSE
Wladimir Klitschko will be sitting ringside, pulling for Johnathon Banks when he fights his rematch against Seth Mitchell at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday night. Banks, a protégé of the late Emanuel Steward from Southfield, Mich., worked in Klitschko’s training camp for the last six years. When Steward died last year, Banks stepped up to become Klitschko’s trainer.
Banks worked Klitschko’s corner alone for the first time when the heavyweight champion defeated Mariusz Wach last Nov. 10. A few days later Banks scored a stunning second-round KO upset over Mitchell in Atlantic City. Banks said he drew inspiration from the recent death of Steward when he beat Mitchell the first time. Now we’ll see whether he can draw some inspiration from having Klitschko at ringside rooting for him on Saturday night.
Oddly enough, Klitschko wanted to be the first boxer to hold a show at Barclays Center when it opened last October. But his promotion company, K2 Promotions, didn’t want to do a co-promotion with Golden Boy, which has an exclusive arrangement with the arena to provide boxing shows.
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