Adrien Broner’s trainer Mike Stafford plans to “unleash” a “more vicious” version of the WBC lightweight beltholder on Paulie Malignaggi, who Broner challenges for the WBA welterweight title on July 22.
Super middleweights Sakio Bika and Marco Antonio Periban will fight for the vacant WBC title on the June 22 undercard of a Showtime-televised main event featuring Paulie Malignaggi’s WBA welterweight title defense against Adrien Broner at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Adrien Broner on his Friday morning confrontation with Paulie Malignaggi, who fights on June 22: “He was scared. You all seen that. He thought he had seen a ghost, and I ain’t talking about Robert Guerrero.”
Adrien Broner has given the name “Paulette” to Paulie Malignaggi, who retorted, “Last time that I checked, you know, Adrien is a girl’s name.” On June 22, Broner will challenge for the WBA welterweight title owned by Malignaggi, who calls it an easy fight.
Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin would each earn career-high purses if a proposed Aug. 31 clash comes to fruition in Moscow. A Russian promoter has bid more than $23 million to host the bout.
Saul Alvarez: “On Saturday, after defeating [Austin] Trout, I will raise my hand and my belt and will be thinking of my brother. That belt is his.”
Florida welterweight standouts Andre Berto and Keith Thurman are schedueld to fight in separate bouts on a Showtime-televised card in July. Berto will face veteran gatekeeper Jesus Soto-Karass; Thurman will fight fellow unbeaten puncher Diego Chaves.
Deontay Wilder is 27-0 with 27 knockouts: “I’m trying to delete all of the American heavyweights. I’m trying to get rid of all of them so that I can become just that main one.”
Tyson Fury, who makes his U.S. debut against Steve Cunningham on NBC on April 20, has a personality as big as his 6-foot-9 body, and he’s never at a loss for brash words. “As Jesus Christ is my savior, I am the savior of the heavyweight divison,” he says.
Referee Tony Weeks will make his East Coast debut with Friday night’s Lamont Peterson-Kendall Holt fight at The D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C.
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer said he was concerned about the threat of terrorism during Sunday’s Super Bowl blackout at the Superdome in New Orleans.
Heavyweight Johnathon Banks was advised by Wladimir Klitschko not to face Seth Mitchell after having suffered a broken right thumb during a sparring session on Monday.
Heavyweight Johnathon Mitchell has suffered an apparent thumb injury that will force him out of a Feb. 16 rematch with Seth Mitchell, whom he knocked out in the second round in November.