Malignaggi vows to be the problem for Broner
Paulie Malignaggi (32-4) has vowed to "doninate and punish" Adrien Broner (26-0) when he defends his WBA welterweight title on Saturday at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, live on BoxNation.
Broner is jumping two weight divisions to challenge Malignaggi in front of the champion's home fans, hoping to add to the WBC lightweight and WBO super featherweight belts he's already won.
Malignaggi, 32, is making the second defence of the title he won when stopping previously unbeaten Vyacheslav Senchenko, in one of the upsets of 2012.
He beat Pablo Cesar Cano via split decision in his first defence in October.
"I'm going to make him quit on his stool," said Malignaggi.
"We're ready. Come get it. The harder he tries, the more ass whuppin he's going to get."
Broner, 23, won the WBC 135lb title last November with an 8th round stoppage of Mexican Antonio DeMarco.
Cincinnati's Broner defended his belt with a 5th round stoppage of Welshman Gavin Rees in February.
"I moved up for the opportunity to be a 23-year-old three-time world champion in three different weight classes," said Broner.
"He's bringing pillows to a fight that i'm bringing bricks so you should see alot of blood, a lot of bruising before the referee stops the fight."
Broner is brimming with as much ability as he is tasteless mischief, Broner's playground declaration that Malignaggi's ex-girlfriend was now his "sweetheart" enraged Malignaggi. It's not just his rivals who Adrien offends. Just weeks before this bout was confirmed. Broner stuck his middle finger up to every single person who works for a living when he filmed himself flushing cash down the toliet. Wealth hadn't been so offensive since Floyd Mayweather set fire to a fistful of dollars in a nightclub two years ago.
Malignaggi, an 8-1 underdog, is regarded as the weakest of the 147lb titlists, just seven of his 32 victories have come inside schedule, however, a fine boxer with quick hands and feet, his jab is undoubtedly his best weapon. He'll need it to be on auto-fire in this bout, and he can give the favourite problems with his slick and elusive style.
If Broner can't cut the ring off then we could see Malignaggi win by decision by jabbing Broner for 12 rounds. At the very least, we could see Broner exposed by Malignaggi and made to look really bad in winning the fight.
On the undercard is a heavyweight rematch between Johnathon Banks (29-1-1) and Seith Mitchell (25-1-1). In an upset, Banks halted Mitchell in two rounds in November last year.
Also, the vacant WBC super middleweight title is up for grabs as veteran Sakio Bika (31-5-2) takes on Marco Antonio Periban (20-0) over 12 rounds.