Broner Beats Paulie!
Mitchell wins the rematch with Banks; and Bika finally wins a world title!
June 22, 2013 - Barclay's Center, Brooklyn, NY
Ringside Report: Matt Richardson and Mariano A. Agmi
Photos: Ed Mulholland
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Adrien Broner may have to wait a little longer before placing that crown on his head.
In what was a far more entertaining and competitive fight than expected, Broner won the WBA welterweight title (his third belt in as many weight classes) with a close, split decision against Paulie Malignaggi in the main event of a Showtime-televised card at the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn, New York on Saturday. Judges scored the bout 115-113 and 117-111 for Broner with a third score of 115-113 for Malignaggi. FightNews had Broner up 116-112 in an at times difficult to score bout.
Ultimately, it was another victory for the 23-year-old Broner (27-0, 22 KOs). But the Mayweather-light protege (the pound for pound king was seated ringside in support) hardly looked like the potential pound for pounder that most were touting beforehand. Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs) boxed well and although he shouldn't have won the decision, he showed more than he had in recent outings, leading to important questions about the true worth of Broner.
Malignaggi started the fight well with a jab to the body. Broner took it fine, shaking his head in response. Malignaggi concluded the first with a quick combination to the body. The title-holder continued to throw punches in bunches from the outside in the second round as Broner landed singular overhand rights. In the final seconds of the frame, Broner tried to kick Malignaggi as referee Benji Esteves attempted to separate the two from a clinch. Broner received a warning but no point deduction. A left wobbled Malignaggi early on in the third round and Broner jumped on him briefly. Malignaggi tried to dance to prove he wasn't hurt but the damage was already done as Broner began throwing more punches than he had so far to that point in the fight. Broner found success with the same punch in the final seconds of the frame, causing the crowd to rise to their feet. But it was Malignaggi who went back to boxing more in the fourth as Broner continued looking for one shot to end the fight.
Broner jumped in with a right in the fifth that stunned Malignaggi. Jabs and rights by Broner snapped Malignaggi's head back. Broner, who was talking to his opponent from early in the fight, ramped up the dialogue in the fifth and concluded the round with a solid left and right on Malignaggi's head. A left hook to the body in the sixth hurt Malignaggi and Broner began roughing Malignaggi up with hard rights to the body and head. Broner won the seventh but continued talking throughout. Malignaggi pinned Broner on the ropes in the eighth but couldn't land any punches in the final moments of the round. The tide had turned and it became Broner who was landing the more telling shots. He couldn't miss with his right hand and the 11,461 fans in attendance noticed the change. Broner stunned Malignaggi in the final seconds of the ninth causing Paulie to perform a wobbly dance to pretend he wasn't hurt.
The tenth was tighter but Paulie kept getting caught in the eleventh with rights and left hooks. Malignaggi boxed better in the twelfth and landed the only real punches in the final seconds of a close round. Malignaggi went to Broner's corner after the fight, put his arm around him and spoke to him for a few seconds as Broner nodded. But by the time Showtime's Jim Gray entered the ring to interview the participants both boxers, who had been taunting each other unmercifully in the months leading to the fight, picked up where they left off and they had to be separated from one another to prevent a 13th round. -- Matt Richardson
Broner vs Malignaggi Photos
Mayhem Mitchell gets payback against Banks!
In the co-main event, Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell (26-1-1, 19 KOs) expelled a few demons and answered some questions about his viability as a heavyweight contender, winning a twelve round unanimous decision over previous conqueror Jonathon Banks (29-2-1, 19 KOs).
When Mitchell and Banks first met in 2012, Mitchell was seen as a prospect on the rise while Banks appeared as a former cruiserweight transitioning from fighter to trainer. Two rounds and three knockdowns later, Banks scored the biggest win of his career and Mitchell was exposed as a big, strong fighter with a glass chin.
This fight represented the opportunity for Mitchell to either silence his critics or for Banks to reaffirm his status as a top contender.
Round one began with Mitchell and Banks circling one another while the crowd grew impatient. In round two, Mitchell landed a right uppercut followed it up by an overhand right to the back of the head that dropped Banks to the canvas. Rather than attacking Banks with abandon, Mitchell wisely showed discipline by sticking with his jab and looking for another opportunity to unleash his right hand.
The tables turned in round three, as Banks hurt Mitchell with right hands and had the bigger man reeling when the round came to an end.
Confident that he could hurt his opponent if he landed squarely on the chin, Banks looked to exchange shots with Mitchell in round four. When they did exchange, Banks landed short shots with his back to the ropes. Mitchell appeared unsteady on his feet, but he recovered enough to throw his jab while Banks looked for opportunities to counter. Banks finally landed the right hand, but Mitchell took it well.
Mitchell looked fully recovered by round five, trapping Banks in his corner to land a big right hand. Banks waited for a big counter in rounds five to seven, but it did not come and Mitchell stuck with his jab.
Mitchell attempted a big right hand in round eight, but Banks took the shot well. Whenever Mitchell opened up, Banks threw heavy shots to the head in the hopes that one would land to end the night.
The fight turned to the inside in round nine, as Mitchell sought to break Banks down with body shots, uppercuts and sheer physicality.
After an uneventful round ten, the crowd began to boo loudly in round eleven, as Mitchell pressed Banks behind a disciplined jab and a few rights to the body. Neither fighter appeared to show a sense of urgency during the championship rounds, as they patiently stalked one another in hopes of capitalizing on an opening. In fact, neither fighter landed more than 100 punches during the night, as Mitchell connected on 84 of 417 shots (20%) while Banks landed 90 of 261 punches (34%). As soon as the bell rung to end the bout, Mitchell raised his hands as if fighting to the final bell won him a moral victory.
Scores were 117-111, 115-112, and 114-112 for Mitchell, who won the NABO and WBC International Heavyweight title with the win. -- Mariano A. Agmi
Mitchell vs Banks Photos
Bika wins his first world title!
Perennial super middleweight contender Sakio Bika finally upgraded from a bridesmaid to a bride, winning his first world title with a majority decision against Marco A. Periban in a sloppy slugfest. Bika (32-5-2, 21 KOs), who had come up empty-handed in previous title shots against Andre Ward and Joe Calzaghe (among others) gained the WBC belt on Saturday night with scores of 116-112 and 115-113 (judge Julie Lederman scored the fight even at 114-114). The belt had been stripped from Ward, the top dog in the 168-pound class due to boxing politics. That didn't take away from the Bika-Periban fight, however, which turned out to be an entertaining, albeit unaesthetic, display of heart and courage.
Boos from the Brooklyn crowd started around the halfway point of the opening round as neither fighter committed to throwing or landing anything effectively. Periban (20-1, 13 KOs) connected with a flush right in the second but it was Bika who scored well with three big rights in the last twenty seconds of the third round. Another booing session briefly erupted in the fourth but it was interrupted when both men picked up the pace as they exchanged a series of hard punches.
Bika swung wildly in the fifth but largely found air, not including a few decent rights. The pace continued in the sixth and seventh as both men found the canvas difficult to remain upright on, continually slipping to the floor. The eighth round ended with the best exchange of the fight to that point as Bika scored well with wide, looping rights as Periban implored him to come forward with more.
Both boxers threw and connected with hard punches in the ninth as they routinely changed the momentum of the fight. Periban continued to smile at the pace of the action in the tenth although his often shaking of his right hand seemed to imply that he could have hurt it earlier in the bout. The pace seemed to slow in the eleventh as both fighters appeared to be saving their final onslaught for the final round of the fight. And what a round it turned out to be as it was easily the most exciting of the 12. First Bika was wobbled by rights, then he was back and connecting on Periban and then Bika was hurt again. By the round's end Bika had recovered as both men slugged it out in the final ten seconds as the crowd simultaneously rose to their feet to roar their approval.
"I know I won the fight," Periban, who lost his first fight as a professional, said in the ring directly after the bout's conclusion. "I fought better than he did. I should've pressed more to the body to get the knockout." -- Matt Richardson
Bika vs Periban Photos
U.S. Olympian Warren Annihilates Fuentes
Undefeated three-time US Olympian Rau’Shee Warren (13-0, 3 KOs), of Cincinnati, Ohio, knocked down Puerto Rican native Jovany Fuentes (5-2, 4 KOs) twice in round one and again in round two to win by TKO in a bantamweight bout.
The Cincinnati native may only have three knockouts in thirteen fights, but he hurt Fuentes several times during this bout, landing 21 of 39 power punches (54%) and dropping the Puerto Rican twice in round one with big left hands. Fuentes survived the round, but a right hook in round two dropped him again. Fuentes beat the count, but his corner had seen enough and they called for the bantamweight contest to be stopped at 1:04 of round two. -- Mariano A. Agmi
Warren vs Fuentes Photos
Williams survives late charge by former champ
Philadelphia prospect Julian "J-Rock" Williams (13-0-1, 7 KOs) kept his undefeated record intact, winning an eight round unanimous decision over former WBA titlist Joachim Alcine (33-5-1, 19 KOs) in an eight round junior middleweight contest.
Perhaps because Alcine has been knocked out twice in the first round, Williams immediately jumped on the Haitian-Canadian, testing his chin with a big right hand and a follow up barrage that forced Alcine to the ropes. A left hook dropped Alcine for an eight count. J-Rock was all over Alcine when the action continued, but the former champ was able to survive the onslaught and began throwing a few shots of his own while Williams took a breather.
After a slow round two, the action heated up in round three, with the fighters taking turns flurrying. Williams became a bit overzealous in round four, landing a big right hand after Referee Earl Brown called a break that sent Alcine tumbling to the canvas. Brown correctly chose not to call the fall a knockdown, giving Alcine an opportunity to recover. When the action resumed, Williams landed a right hand on the inside that appeared to cause Alcine to touch the canvas, but Brown ruled it a slip. A follow-up combination rocked Alcine, who crumbled to the canvas due to the accumulation of punches but was able to beat the count.
Williams began round five where he left off in round four, dropping Alcine hard with a spectacular left hook. Somehow, the veteran was again able to beat the count, and he was in good enough condition to throw a few combinations as the round came to a close.
The knockdown seemed to awaken Alcine, as the 37-year-old arguably won the final three stanzas with big uppercuts shots to the body on the inside. The activity seemed to win rounds six and seven for Alcine, as J-Rock appeared gassed but still managed to land a few hard shots.
Alcine continued to land blistering punches in the eighth and final round, but Williams showed a sturdy chin as he absorbed some big right hands and a few uppercuts. The crafty Alcine won the round big, but it was not enough to win the fight, as all three judges scored the bout 77-72 for the 23-year-old prospect out of Philly. -- Mariano A. Agmi
Browne looks impressive!
Staten Island's own Marcus Browne continued to impress, stopping Ricardo Campillo in the second round of a scheduled six round light heavyweight fight. Browne (5-0, 5 KOs), a three-time New York Golden Gloves champion and former 2012 U.S. Olympian, dropped Campillo in the first with a straight left down the middle. Campillo (7-7-1, 5 KOs) rose on somewhat shaky legs and continued to absorb punishment that caused his mullet to shake. Browne came out focused in the second and soon dropped Campillo again after connecting with a series of hooks and a final left. Campillo hit the canvas and rose one more time but his corner elected to stop the fight before any further damage could be inflicted. Time of the stoppage was 1:00 of the third. The win was the third so far this year for the promising Browne and his second just miles from his Staten Island home at the Barclays Center. Keep an eye on this boxer. -- Matt Richardson
Dominguez KOs Patraw in 96 seconds!
Brooklyn's Juan Dominguez (15-0, 11 KOs) knocked out Bradley Patraw in 96 seconds in a junior featherweight bout. A left hook to the body hurt Patraw and another left hook to the head dropped him on his back. Patraw was laid out on the canvas and the referee called off the count when it was obvious Patraw wouldn't continue. Predictably, Patraw protested the stoppage after rising and subsequently left the ring before the official result was announced. Patraw is 9-6 with five knockout wins on his ledger. -- Matt Richardson
The Notorious Frank Galarza destroys Barber!
Undefeated junior middleweight prospect "The Notorious" Frank Galarza (10-0-2, 6 KOs) bounced back nicely from a controversial split draw on May 4, winning a scheduled six round fight by TKO in round four when a right hand to the head forced Romon Barber (4-5, 3 KOs) to take a knee. Referee Earl Brown immediately waived off the bout, deciding that the Kansas native had taken enough punishment.
With a style as laidback as his personality, the 27-year-old Galarza was very relaxed in the early rounds, jabbing the stocky Barber and looking to counter the shorter man with sharp right hands. Barber, a tough fighter out of Wichita, Kansas, landed his fair share of left hooks and right hands to make the opening round a close one.
Galarza patiently counterpunched Barber in round two, landing right hands over Barber's jab. Barber decided to make it a brawl, launching big left hooks and right hands, some of which were on target. One right hand pushed Galarza back, but the Brooklyn native fired back with right hands until a clash of heads interrupted the action, causing Barber's left eye to swell.
The quick pace continued in round three, as each fighter landed head shots with rights and lefts. Galarza homed in on Barber's body, landing a shot just below the belt that caused Barber to take a rest. The fighters went toe to toe when the action continued, as Galarza went on the attack and Barber responded with heavy blows. Now warmed up, Galarza pressed the action and began to box nicely, using head movement to avoid the incoming while responding with stinging combinations. A hard right hand followed by a left hook, right hand combination stunned Barber, and a right at the bell caused the Wichita native to drop his mouthpiece and stumble to his corner.
Sensing that the end was near, Galarza zeroed in on Barber's body in round four, landing sharp hooks and right uppercuts that caused Barber to retreat and seemed to take the steam off his punches. Using a combination of defense and offense, Galarza made Barber miss and pay, landing sharp combinations punctuated by a big right hand to the head that caused the battered Barber to take a knee. It looked as if he would survive the count, but referee Earl Brown chose to wave off the fight at 1:54 of the round. -- Mariano A. Agmi
Easter easily outclasses Knight
Lightweight Robert Easter Jr. easily defeated Antoine Knight in a lightweight fight. Easter was quicker and more skilled than his opponent and began pounding him fairly early in the fight. Easter (5-0, 5 KOs) dropped his opponent in the second round before finishing him off at the 1:46 mark of the third. Knight is now 2-4 with a solo victory via stoppage. -- Matt Richardson
Olympian Herring Continues To Rise
In the opening bout of the night, 2012 US Olympian Jamel "Semper Fi" Herring (4-0, 2 KOs), of Coram, NY, continued his development as a lightweight prospect, winning a four round unanimous decision over Alabama native Calvin Smith (2-4) by scores of 40-36 (2x) and 40-35. -- Mariano A. Agmi