Showtime will be televising Saturday night’s fight between unbeaten challenger Adrien Broner and WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi. Despite the fact he is the champion, Malignaggi is a substantial underdog for this bout against Broner. Let’s preview the fight.
Broner Heavily Favored
It is not very often you see a current champion a big underdog in boxing but that will be the case on Saturday for this fight. Malignaggi is about a 10-1 underdog even though he is the current WBA welterweight champion. Malignaggi comes into this fight with a record of 32-4 with 7 knockouts while Broner is 26-0 with 22 knockouts. This will be the second title defense for Malignaggi.
Broner comes into this fight unbeaten and is being compared to Floyd Mayweather Jr. but we really don't know just how good Broner is. And we may not learn much on Saturday night because Malignaggi is considered a weak champion. But it will be interesting to see how Broner does moving up in weight to 147. Malignaggi believes Broner is moving up too far and too fast. Broner is trying to join Roberto Duran, Roy Jones, Jr. and Robert Guerrero as the only fighters to win a title in their first fight after jumping over a weight class. Broner doesn't believe the weight is an issue saying, “For me the weight is not a problem. I'm originally a welterweight anyway. I just had to lose weight so I really didn't have to do anything different.”
Malignaggi is not giving Broner much respect and doesn't believe he has the power to take him out. “He's a little guy. He's a little guy and he's going to see how overrated his power was.” Malignaggi said, “I think they were better off letting him fight a live guy, a lightweight or someone below that before him fighting live guy welterweight.”
Broner is moving up in weight and while that is a concern it is hard to see Malignaggi doing enough to win this fight.