Malignaggi to Defend Title against Broner
WI Web Staff | 4/26/2013, 11:18 a.m.
Since the beginning of their professional careers, Paulie "The Magic Man" Malignaggi and Adrien "The Problem" Broner, two of the biggest talkers in all of boxing, have never been afraid to speak up.
Now, the time has come to put up or shut up as Malignaggi will defend his WBA Welterweight World Championship against undefeated Two-Division World Champion Broner on Saturday, June 22 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® main event. Plus, the heavyweight rematch the world has been waiting for is set as Johnathon Banks will look to repeat his 2012 upset win over Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell in the co-feature for Banks' NABO and WBC International Heavyweight titles.
"This fight was the main motivation for winning my second world championship last year," said Malignaggi. "I wanted be in a huge main event at Barclays Center. This is a blockbuster event and I can't wait to make a successful title defense in Brooklyn where my roots are."
"Paulette better be in some shape," said Broner. "On June 22, I will be a three-time world champion in three weight classes at just 23-years-old."
Banks said he feels good about the fight Banks. "I expect a more determined and a more powerful Seth Mitchell for the rematch and I look forward to the challenge," he said. "I'm excited to be fighting and intend to put on a terrific performance for those in attendance at Barclays Center as well as those watching on SHOWTIME."
Meanwhile Mitchell expressed disappointment with his last performance against Banks, saying that he looked forward to a rematch.
"My team has been working extremely hard in preparation for this fight," said Mitchell. "I'm confident that my performance on June 22 will properly showcase my abilities and will reignite talks of me competing for the heavyweight championship of the world."
Malignaggi vs. Broner, a 12-round fight for Malignaggi's WBA Welterweight World Championship is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T with Banks vs. Mitchell being presented in association with K2 Promotions.
Tickets, priced at $250, $125, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes and service charges, go on sale Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m., and will be available for purchase at www.barclayscenter.com, www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 and at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center beginning on Saturday, April 27 at noon ET. For group tickets, please call 800-GROUP-BK.