“He couldn’t hit me,” said newly crowned WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner in the ring after winning a split decision over now former champion Paulie Malignaggi on Saturday night in Brooklyn. “He was shadow boxing…all he did was run. I just cut off the ring. That’s all I had to do…I feel very comfortable at the weight. Since everyone says I’m picking my opponents, my next opponent I’m gonna a let ya’all pick.”
Showtime’s Jim Gray asked “Any regrets on anything that went on in the prefight news conferences?”
“Negative,” responded Broner. “I’m good. I beat Paulie, I left with his belt and his girl.”
Adrien and Paulie then got into a shouting match.
Maligignaggi insisted that he won the fight.
“The shots he landed looked pretty but he worked about 30 seconds of every round,” said Paulie. “It was a close fight because when he did work it was good, I’m not going to take it away from him, but I thought I outworked him by a lot. I thought I threw a lot more punches. I thought I carried the pace. I thought I threw a lot more body shots. Tom Schreck [the judge who scored it 9-3 in rounds for Broner] is a New York judge that was in Al Haymon’s pocket, very simple.”
When asked if he’s saying the fight was fixed, Paulie stated “I’m not saying it was fixed, but it’s always the politically more connected fighter gets the close decisions and this was no different. That’s what I’m saying. It always happens.”