By Arvin Nundloll and Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland
After a legendary trash-talk buildup, WBC lightweight champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (27-0, 22 KOs) moved up two weight divisions to claim the WBA welterweight title with a twelve round split decision over reigning hometown favorite Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs) on Saturday night in front of 11,461 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Malignaggi got off to a good start outhustling Broner over the first third of the fight. Broner’s power started paying dividends by the middle rounds as Paulie slowed down, but Malignaggi was game for the full distance. Scores were 115-113, 117-111 Broner, 115-113 Malignaggi.
In a rematch, heavyweight Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (25-1-1, 19 KOs) avenged his KO loss to Johnathon Banks (29-1-1, 19 KOs) with a mostly dull twelve round unanimous decision. Mitchell dropped Banks with an uppercut in round two, but Banks rocked Mitchell in round three and had him holding on. Unfortunately the action cooled off considerably after that. Banks hurt Mitchell again in round eight but didn’t follow up. Mitchell pocketed a number of rounds due to the lethargic Banks’ lack of activity, but didn’t impress. Scores were 115-112, 117-109, 114-112.
Super middleweight Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (32-5-2, 21 KOs) scored a close twelve round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Marco Antonio Periban (20-1, 13 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC belt formerly held by Andre Ward. A good action fight with some wild toe-to-toe exchanges in a close fight that was in doubt until the scores were read. In the end, Bika prevailed by scores of 116-112, 115-113, 114-114.
Undefeated three-time US Olympian Rau’Shee Warren (13-0, 3 KOs) knocked down Jovany Fuentes (5-2, 4 KOs) twice in round one and again in round two to win via TKO. The bantamweight contest was stopped at 1:04 of round two when Fuentes’ corner had seen enough and pulled their man out
Unbeaten Julian Williams (12-0-1, 7 KOs) showcased his technical boxing skills with a convincing points win over Joachim Alcine (33-5-1, 19 KOs) in this junior middleweight bout. Official scores were all 77-72 to Williams. Williams dropped Alcine in round one after he unleashed a deadly combination to the body and head. Alcine was dropped again in round four, although the referee instructed the fighters to break prior to the left hook dropping Alcine. Williams, sensing that Alcine was in trouble, landed another combination to the head that floored Alcine. Round five saw Alcine down again from a huge left hook by Williams, however Alcine was able to see out the round and the remainder of the fight.
Unbeaten U.S. Olympian Marcus Browne (5-0, 5 KOs) knocked out Ricardo Campillo (7-5-2, 5 KOs) with an entertaining TKO victory in their light heavyweight contest. Campillo was knocked down early in round one with a straight left from Browne but survived to see out the round. Browne came out strong in round two, knocking down Campillo again with an onslaught of hooks to the head before a left hook dropped him. Campillo’s corner had seen enough and instructed the referee to wave the bout off. The official time of the stoppage was 1:00 in round two.
Juan Dominguez (15-0 10 KO’s) made short work of Bradley Patraw (9-6, 5 KO’s), notching up his fifteenth win with a first round KO. The junior featherweight bout was stopped at 1:36 of round one after Patraw was unable to make the count.
Frank Galarza (10-0 6 KOs) defeated Romon Barber (4-5, 3 KOs) with a thrilling TKO victory in their junior middleweight bout. Galarza used his pace and reach to remain in control of the fight, constantly landing the more telling punches. The official time of the stoppage was 1:54 seconds of round four.
In a lightweight bout scheduled for six rounds, Ohio’s Robert Easter Jr. improved to 5-0 (4) when opponent Antoine Knight (2-4, 1 KO), of Merrillville, Indiana, could not continue, winning by TKO at 1:46 of round three. Easter dropped Knight in round two with a big right hand, and he continued to pummel his overmatched opponent until the stoppage.
In the opening bout of the night, 2012 US Olympian Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring (4-0, 2 KOs), of Coram, NY, continued his development as a prospect, winning a four round unanimous decision over Alabama native Calvin Smith (2-4) by scores of 40-36 (2x) and 40-35.