By Mike Coppinger
NEW YORK -- Paulie Malignaggi and Adrien Broner have been going at in the press ahead of their June 22 WBA welterweight title tilt at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Broner will be moving up from 135 to 147 for the title shot, a jump in size that Malignaggi's manager Anthony Catanzaro feels will be a "problem" for Broner.
"We're fighting a kid who's coming up two weight classes; there's a reason there's weight classes in boxing," said Catanzaro, who is well known in Brooklyn for his pizza joint Portobello's. "I feel I have the fighter with more big fight experience, the naturally bigger fighter, the fighter who's much quicker on his feet. Broner is very quick up on top, he's very tough to hit with his hip movement, but his feet are really wide, he has what you call a puncher's stance, so the foot-speed is going to to be key. Obviously the money is right, it's why we took the fight. We've liked the fight since the minute it was mentioned to us."
Catanzaro feels that Malignaggi his light years beyond anyone Broner has faced and feels Broner will have to think in the ring for the first time.
"Adrien Broner's been in fights where he hasn't needed to adjust or think even. He's had guys come straightforward -- guys who were handpicked, smaller guys. His sternest test was [Antonio] DeMarco, he did a good job on DeMarco, but DeMarco is pretty much a one-dimensional fighter. He's not giving angles, he's not changing difference. Let's see what happens when it's in the 7th or 8th round and Broner is forced to adjust and that target is not there for you to hit.
Let's see if he brings that power up [in weight]. Paulie's jab is extremely hard to deal with. It's a very varied jab and it's an extremely cultured jab. He can hook off the jab, there's a lot of things he does. Obviously Paulie hasn't been the biggest puncher throughout his career with all the hand injuries, but what about his internal fortitude or his granite chin. What about the fact that he's competed against the biggest and best fighters in their prime. We fought a prime Miguel Cotto, we fought a prime Ricky Hatton. We fought a prime Lovemore N'dou. We fought a prime, undefeated [Vyacheslav] Senchenko in his backyard."
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