The Controversy: Adrien Broner and Paulie Malignaggi
On June 22, 2013 a new WBA welterweight champion was marked, Adrien Broner defeated Paulie Malignaggi in a split decision in Brooklyn, NY, which is Paulie’s hometown. Some say Broner won, some say he didn’t throw enough punches but at the end of the night Adrien Broner was victorious on the scorecard: 117-111 and 115-113 Broner and 115-113 Malignaggi.
I had the opportunity to see this event live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. First off watching professional boxing match live with big names fighting such as Adrien Broner is an amazing experience like no other. How live the crowd was, the celebrity sightings like Floyd Mayweather, the continuous action, it is just unreal. If you are a boxing fan and have not been to one of these events, you need to.
What made this fight so controversial? Besides all the trash talking before and after the fight, round by round it made you wonder which way the judges were going to go. Paulie Malignaggi, who is now 32-5, 7 KOs, showed a lot of heart in every round. To many people he was the busier fighter, throwing a lot more punches than Broner. However, none of his punches affected Broner in any kind of way. It looked like Malignaggi was running the whole time because when Broner did land his punches, they pushed Paulie back each time. Granted each time Broner hit Paulie, Paulie would come right back, but there was no power behind his punches. That wasn’t the case with Adrien Broner.
Since round one you could see that Broner took control of the fight, standing his ground in the ring, and was even talking trash in the middle of the rounds. His defense was nothing less but superb blocking the majority of Paulie’s punches. When he did throw punches you could tell that Broner was way more powerful than Paulie was, however his punches did not come as frequent as most had hope for. It seemed as if he was looking for that knockout throwing only 1 or 2 punches at a time for most of the rounds. He did seem to come alive at the last 10 seconds of in the later rounds, hitting Paulie with some lighting fast combos out of nowhere. Non-the less it looked like a mismatch from the start off of power and speed alone. Broner had the more powerful and accurate shots and that is what led into the decision that was made.
After the fight was over the winner was announced and there was mix reaction from the crowd. Some were cheering for the winner; some were booing saying that it was a bad decision. Yes, Paulie Malignaggi did not back down from Adrien Broner and threw a lot of punches but to the judges and to many fans accuracy and power shots is what wins fights. That is why Adrien Broner is now a 3 time world champion.