Adrien Broner Claims Third World Title With Split Verdict Over Paulie Malignaggi

Kevin McRae@@McRaeWritesFeatured ColumnistJune 22, 2013

Adrien Broner claimed his third world title tonight by defeating Paulie Malignaggi.
Adrien Broner claimed his third world title tonight by defeating Paulie Malignaggi.Al Bello/Getty Images

After weeks of trash-talking from both camps, Adrien "The Problem" Broner claimed the third world championship of his young career, winning a split decision over Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Scores were 117-111 and 115-113 for Broner, and 115-113 for Malignaggi. Bleacher Report scored the bout 116-112 for Broner.

Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KO) began the fight well, using a high activity rate to keep the stronger, quicker fighter at bay. But as the fight wore on, it was Broner's speed and power that became the decisive factor. He was able to land at will, and his punches had pop on them, unlike those of his opponent. 

With the victory Broner (27-0, 22 KO) secures a third world championship, in a third weight division, and further solidifies his position as one of the best young fighters to come along in quite some time. 

Malignaggi on the other hand scored a moral victory, displaying his trademark guts and heart, in making the fight much closer, and more competitive than most expected it to be in a losing effort.

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