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Malignaggi's Manager Confident Broner Will Be No Problem

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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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Jack Napier on 05-01-2013

Broner is plenty hittable, but that's not enough for Paulie he's not gonna make a dent, and Broner will be strong at WW Paulie isn't good enough defensively to hold Broner off can see Paulie winning a couple rds, but…

Comment by a_fuego on 05-01-2013

What surprises me is how cats can write Paulie off so quick and say he's gonna stare at the lights. I give him more credit than that, if he looses it should be on the cards. I like both of…

Comment by LAPete on 05-01-2013

It's gonna be a good fight that could go either way but to those who say that Paulie takes shots - jabs, hooks, etc, has no power and that you reviewed his fight with Kahn might not realize that Paulie…

Comment by P-4-P-King on 04-30-2013

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;13309693]I reviewed the Khan-Malignaggi fight. Paulie has the tendency to get hit flush by speedy jabs, hooks and crosses...[/QUOTE] I also reviewed the broner-Rees fight. Broner has the tendency to get hit easily by dwarfs.

Comment by Lorily on 04-30-2013

[QUOTE=DempseyRollin;13311364]And lol, once again. Broner isn't a brawler. And what works on margarito won't necessarily work on him. They are far removed from each other in terms of fighting styles and abilities. The comparison is flawed and there would never…

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