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ADRIEN BRONER EDGES PAULIE MALIGNAGGI VIA SPLIT DECISION; CAPTURES WBA WELTERWEIGHT TITLE

By Ben Thompson | June 22, 2013
ADRIEN BRONER EDGES PAULIE MALIGNAGGI VIA SPLIT DECISION; CAPTURES WBA WELTERWEIGHT TITLE

Moments ago, WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner made a successful debut at welterweight, keeping his undefeated record intact after scoring a split decision victory against a very game former champion Paulie Malignaggi. With the win, Broner picks up the WBA welterweight title, but it wasn't easy as Malignaggi stayed active, making him earn the victory. Relive all the action in FightHype's round-by-round results.

ROUND 1
Malignaggi comes out jabbing. Broner stands calmly behind his shoulder. Jab to the body lands for Malignaggi. Quick 1-2 from Malignaggi. A couple more jabs from Malignaggi land. Broner smiles and shakes his head. Malignaggi gets in a left hook to hte body. Stiff jab lands for Broner. Malignaggi landing a couple more shots to the body. Broner walking him down. Now Broner gets a warning for hitting on the break. Jab lands for Broner. Left hook lands for Broner. Left to the body lands for Malignaggi. Round to Malignaggi.

Malignaggi 10 Broner 9

ROUND 2
Malignaggi unleashes a flurry to the body. Broner lands a counter right. 1-2 to the body lands for Malignaggi. Broner not very active as he walks Malignaggi down. Jab lands for Malignaggi. They trade jabs. Jab lands for Malignaggi. Straight right lands for Broner. Malignaggi answers with a couple of shots. Quick combo lands for Malignaggi. Straight right lands for Broner. Malignaggi outworking Broner right now. Both guys talking smack right now. Broner lands a right. WOW. Adrien Broner just kneed Malignaggi. Unbelievable. Round to Malignaggi.

Malignaggi 20 Broner 18

ROUND 3
Short left hook lands for Broner. Left to the body lands for Malignaggi. Another. Broner smiles and shakes his head. Stiff jab lands for Broner. Malignaggi digs to the body. Overhnad right lands for Malignaggi. Broner lands an uppercut. Jab lands for Malignaggi. Broner lands a jab. Left hook lands for Broner. 1-2 lands for Broner. Malignaggi sticks his tongue out. Broner backs him up to the ropes. Malignaggi digs to the body again. "You can't hit me," Broner tells him. They trade shots. BIG left hook lands for Broner. Good action in that round. Round to Broner.

Malignaggi 29 Broner 28

ROUND 4
Malignaggi fires a combo at Broner's body. Broner continues to walk him down. Left gets in for Broner. Malignaggi continues to fire at the body. 8-punch combo from Malignaggi. Broner pressing forward. Malignaggi digging to the body. Jab lands for Broner. Right hand lands for Broner. Malignaggi fires back. Malignaggi backs up. They trade jabs. A couple jabs land for Malignaggi. Broner gets in an uppercut. They trade some shots at the bell. Round to Malignaggi.

Malignaggi 39 Broner 37

ROUND 5
Malignaggi circling on the outside. Broner walking him down. Malignaggi digs to the body. Broner lands a right. Right land again for Broner. Malignaggi lands a 1-2 to the body. Broner just lands a superman punch. Stiff jab lands for Broner. Another. Broner lands another combo. Malignaggi fires at the body. Jab lands for Malignaggi. Broner talks smack to him again. Broner just threw some sort of backward punch that gets a quick warning from the ref. Malignaggi digs to the body. Left hook lands for Broner. Round to Broner.

Malignaggi 48 Broner 47

ROUND 6
Nice right cross lands for Broner. They trade rights on the inside. Another right lands for Broner. Another. It's getting rough in there. 1-2 to the body lands for Malignaggi. Broner lands a counter right. HARD left to the body from Broner has Malignaggi backing up. 1-2 to the body lands for Malignaggi. Malignaggi lands some combinations. Hard uppercut lands for Broner. Another hard left hook to the body lands for Broner. Right upstairs lands for Broner. Two rights land for Broner. Malignaggi taking a lot of punishment now. Right lands for Broner again. Round to Broner.

Malignaggi 57 Broner 57

ROUND 7
They trade jabs. Malignaggi fires to the body. Broner walking him down and lands a couple of counter rights. Broner digs to the body. Short right lands for Broner. Uppercut lands for Broner. Another. Another right lands for Broner too. Malignaggi fires at the body again. 1-2 to the body lands for Malignaggi. Right cross lands for Broner. Malignaggi lands a combo. Left hook followed by an uppercut lands for Broner. Malignaggi fires back and lands a nice combo. Stiff uppercut lands for Broner. Round to Broner.

Malignaggi 66 Broner 67

ROUND 8
Broner lands a jab. Another. Malignaggi jabs to the body. Left and a right lands for Broner. Malignaggi lands a couple jabs. Broner lands a couple shots against the ropes. Left to the body lands for Broner. Malignaggi gets in his own left to the body. They trade a couple of shots. Broner gets a warning for puching to the kidneys. A couple of right hands land fo rBroner. Malignaggi answers with a 1-2. Round to Broner.

Malignaggi 75 Broner 77

ROUND 9
Left hook lands for Broner. Floyd Mayweather is in attendance and yells something, at which point, both Broner and Malignaggi look at him and answers back. Nice straight right lands for Broner. Malignaggi fires at the body and lands a right upstairs. Jab lands for Malignagi. Broner backs him up to a corner. Right lands for Broner. 1-2 lands for Malignaggi. Uppercut lands for Broner. Another right lands for Broner, but Malignaggi fires back. Right land for Broner again. 1-2 lands for Malignaggi. Two counter rights alnd for Broner. Another big right lands for Broner. Round to Broner.

Malignaggi 84 Broner 87

ROUND 10
Quick right lands for Broner. Malignaggi fires at the body. Right lands for Broner again. Malignaggi lands an overhand right. Uppercut lands for Broner. Quick jab lands for Malignaggi. Two nice jabs land for Malignaggi. Broner lands a left, but he eats a right from Malignaggi. They trade shots upstairs. The crowd start chanting, "Paulie! Paulie! Paulie!" Short right lands for Broner. Malignaggi digs to the body. Right lands for Broner. Malignaggi fires at the body again. Counter rirght lands for Broner. Left to the body lands for Broner. Malignaggi fires back with a nice combo. Malignaggi unloads against the ropes. Not much on those punches, but they landed. Left hook lands for Broner. Round to Malignaggi.

Malignaggi 94 Broner 96

ROUND 11
Chopping right lands for Broner. Left to the body sneaks in for Malignaggi. Counter right lands for Broner. Another behind the head shot lands for Broner and the ref warns both guys to keep it professional. Left to the body lands for Broner. Malignaggi lands another combo to the body. Left hook lands for Broner. Malignaggi fires at the body. Right lands for Broner. Double jab lands for Malignaggi. Broner lands a nice combo. Right lands for Broner. Round to Broner.

Malignaggi 103 Broner 106

ROUND 12
Left hook lands for Malignaggi upstairs. Broner walks him down. Malignaggi sneaks in another left hook and a jab. Right lands for Broner. Another. They wrestle on the inside. Left to the body lands for Malignaggi. Quick right land for Broner. Nice left lands for Malignaggi. Broner lands a double left hook. Malignaggi lands a couple of jabs. 1-2 lands for Malignaggi. Close round, but I give it to Malignaggi.

Malignaggi 113 Broner 115

Official judges scorecards: 115-113 (Broner), 115-113 (Malignaggi), 117-111 (Broner)

THE WINNER BY SPLIT DECISION...ADRIEN BRONER

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