BROOKLYN, N.Y. (June 19, 2013) – Ten of the boxers who will fight on the eagerly awaited Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi vs. Adrien “The Problem” Broner fight card this Saturday, June 22, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., worked out for the media Tuesday at a jam-packed Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn.
No less than eight of the fighters who worked out will fight on either SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live on SHOWTIME® (9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT) or on SHOWTIME EXTREME (7:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Hometown favorite Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KO’s), of Brooklyn, will defend his WBA World Welterweight Championship against undefeated current WBC Lightweight and Two-Division World Champion Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s), of Cincinnati, Ohio, in what should be a hotly contested main event of a tripleheader on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
In other important 12-round bouts to be featured on the telecast, Johnathon “Mr.” Banks (29-1-1, 19 KO’s) will try and make it two in a row over Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (25-1-1, 19 KO’s), of Brandywine, Md., in a heavyweight scrap for Banks’ NABO and WBC International titles and Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (31-5-2, 21 KO’s), of Sydney, Australia, and Mexico City’s undefeated Marco Antonio Periban (20-0, 13 KO’s) will clash for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight Championship.
Scheduled matchups on SHOWTIME EXTREME include Julian Williams (12-0-1, 7 KO’s), of Philadelphia, Pa., taking on Joachim Alcine (33-4-1, 19 KO’s), of Gonaive, Haiti in an eight-round junior middleweight fight, Marcus Browne (4-0, 4 KO’s), of Staten Island, N.Y., facing Ricardo Campillo (7-6-1, 5 KO’s), of Obregon, Mexico, in a six-round light heavyweight bout and, time permitting, Rau’Shee Warren (12-0, 2 KO’s), of Cincinnati, Ohio, squaring off against Jovany Fuentes (5-1, 4 KO’s), of Bayamon, P.R., in four/six-round bantamweight affair.
Saturday’s non-televised fights include Juan Dominguez (14-0, 10 KO’s), Brooklyn, N.Y., vs. Bradley Patraw (9-5, 5 KO’s), St. Paul, Minn.; eight rounds, junior featherweights; Frank Galarza (9-0-2, 5 KO’s), Brooklyn, N.Y., vs. Roman Barber (4-4, 3 KO’s), Wichita, Kan., six rounds; junior middleweights; Robert Easter (4-0, 4 KO’s), Toledo, Ohio, vs. Antoine Knight (2-3, 1 KO), Merrillville, Tenn., six rounds, lightweights; and Jamel Herring, Coram, N.Y., vs. Calvin Smith (2-3, 0 KO’s), Prichard, Ala., four rounds, lightweights.
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Here’s what the fighters said Tuesday:
“We’re ready. Come get it. There’s not much more you can say to that. The harder he tries, the more ass whoopin’ he’s going to get. I want him to bring it. I want him to think nothing’s going to happen. He’s never been through what the deal is…deep water. He’s never been 12 rounds. He’s been 10 rounds once, and he struggled. He better try real hard to get me out of there early and he better succeed, because he’s going to end up in deep water. I’m ready for that kind of fight.
“I had a good camp. My legs feel good. You’ll see. It’s part of the plan. It’s one of the main things we’re doing. We’ll show him just how we live and show him just how weak he is. His power is overrated. I could have knocked out 20 garbage men or laundromat workers too, but I chose to fight real opponents in my career.
“I could care less about the odds. I could care less about anything. They’re going to ring a bell on Saturday night and it’s going to be me and Adrien Broner. He’s saying he’s coming to kick my ass. I’m coming to kick his ass. I think he’s looking at it too much like one-way traffic. We’re coming to beat each other’s ass. It’s not just him coming to beat my ass. He’s forgetting one thing: I’m coming to beat his ass and, that’s the plan on Saturday night.
“A few years ago I might have been saying, ‘man, why does everybody think I’m going to lose this fight? You know, I don’t understand it. I thought I was a good fighter. I feel like I’m a good fighter.’ Literally now, I could care less. I fight for myself and that’s the one thing I told myself I would do after the Amir Khan loss because nobody was going to think positively about me after that loss, and you know what? I’m going to stop trying to make everyone happy and just fight for myself. I have yet to lose a fight since and there’s reason for that.”
“Paulie is Paulie. You know, I’m gonna be honest with you, if you’re not on you’re A-game against Paulie, he can slip away from you. He’s a guy with some tricks up his sleeve, but we’re not here for a circus day. We’re here to fight.
“At the end of the day, Paulie’s going to fight the same. I don’t study tape. I don’t care what he brings, but whatever he comes to do Saturday night, we will be equipped and ready.
“There are some great fights out there, but we’re going to take it one at a time. The most important fight for Adrien Broner today is Paulie Malignaggi — Paulette. Paulie’s first on Saturday, then after that I really want to let the fans pick who I should fight next.”
“I don’t consider the last fight with Mitchell an upset. For me to say it was an upset would be a discredit to myself. I don’t like upsets in my life. If I didn’t think 100 percent that I was going to win, I wouldn’t have taken the fight.
“I went after him (trying to get the fight). He didn’t come after me. I think his whole bandwagon, all his people that follow him, his fans, are mad. They thought it was an upset. Me, personally? I didn’t think it was an upset.
“I’ve always been a believer of ‘if something’s not broke why try to fix it.’ I think what I did last time worked perfectly and I plan to do the same thing this time.
“(Attitude-wise, whether he’s fighting or training) Nothing really changes. I take it all in there with me. You can’t do it all in one night, but you can do a lot of good things at one time. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve been very fortunate to grow up around the highest level of boxers. When these days come, when I’m in against guys with big records and knockout ratios, it doesn’t affect me at all because I’m used to being around them, so it plays no part with me.
“Our last fight was on the big stage, the biggest stage for me (to that point). I feel the same pressure-wise (this time). There is no pressure. I was the underdog the first fight. I’m the underdog the second fight, but I don’t mind. I embrace it. A lot of people still think this guy could come back because they listen to what he’s saying. He’s talking more than I am. He’s saying he’s coming back bigger, better, stronger, but I believe you’re going to see the same thing as the last time.”
“It’s been a long time coming. I’m excited about the fight. It’s been postponed, cancelled, but now the day is finally here, so I’m just excited about getting in the ring.
“You can’t stay at 100 percent when you have this many delays, but me and my trainer have done a great job of staying in the gym but not over-training. I haven’t been out of the gym for more than three weeks in over six and a half years. I’m just a gym rat.
“Banks capitalized on some of my mistakes and got the victory. I just had to go back to the drawing board and take it as a learning experience to try to get better. I truly believe that I’ve gotten better, but I’m not one to talk a lot because everyone says that they’ve gotten better. I just have to go out there Saturday and show it.
“I believe in myself more than anyone else. That’s my nature and character. I’ve said it numerous times that if Banks had outclassed me and out-boxed me for five or six rounds then we wouldn’t have this immediate rematch. I feel like I am a better fighter than Johnathon Banks. I feel that November 17 was not the best Seth Mitchell to show up and on the 22nd, I’ll show that I am a much better fighter.
“I’ll show that you can lose and bounce back.”
“We’re working to get better every single day. We’re just improving. We’re training and working on my footwork.
“When I heard (about this fight), I had to see this Mexican fighter that weighed 168 pounds. He’s big with a good record, so I had to check him out.
“For me, I’ll fight anybody. I always like to fight a new opponent. If they want me to fight at light heavyweight, I will take it on and show the world I’m the best.”
Marco Antonio Periban
“I’ve been training for two and a half months and it was my hardest training camp ever, so I’m definitely ready.
“This is obviously an important fight. Movement is the main key for me along with my jab and fighting at a distance. I feel I’m faster than he is.
“I’m really looking forward to fighting in the United States again and fighting on Saturday.”
“It feels good to be fighting in the main fight on SHOWTIME EXTREME. It shows that I’m moving up and that I’m not in the same place I was last year. I’m an exciting fighter. Most of the time I’ve been on SHOWTIME, I’ve gotten knockouts. I come to bring it. I’m from Philadelphia, so I’m not afraid to get my face messed up to get what I want. I’ll have Philly fans at the fights for sure on Saturday.
“The magnitude of this card is huge. I bring great boxing and excitement to the mix. I have other tools in the closet that still haven’t come out, but I feel I’ll be headlining one of this huge cards in due time.
“My opponent is a former world champion and I’ve seen a couple of his fights. He’s a good fighter. He has a lot of experience. I think he is going to be a little cocky when he sees that he has more knockouts than I have fights, but that’s why I’m so prepared.
“I’m expecting a big fight. I’m looking to make a statement. I’m confident and just looking for an excellent fight and performance.”
“Consistency is everything for my career. I’m staying busy and consistent because at the end of the day, you have to stay active to understand and grow as a fighter.
“It’s a blessing to stay here, build a fan base and be able to put butts in the seats at Barclays Center.
“At the end of the day, I have to thank God for keeping me healthy. That’s just what we train to do. I grind hard and put my all into boxing.
“I’m going to give people a great, humble performance.”
“This will be an exciting night. I’m in the swing bout on SHOWTIME EXTREME, but I’ve got people back home that want to see me fight so we’ve got to make sure and give them all a heads-up as to what will happen. That’s really what we’ve been thinking a lot lately, making sure they know if I’ll be fighting on TV.
“Saturday’s a big night, but there’s no pressure. I’ve been training with my bro, Adrien (Broner). That’s what we’ve always been doing since we were young. We always bring a lot of people out to the fights and now the world can see us. He’s going to demolish this Paulie guy.
“I hope my fans keep rooting for me. I’ll keep showing up for them. I try to do something different every fight. I’m going to change my hair color again. You’ve got to show them something different. They’ve seen a lot of speed. I’m going to bring a lot of power now.
“I’m going to take my time and keep doing what I’ve been doing in the gym with my coach and my staff and see if I can come home with a win.”
“It feels great to have people believing in me and supporting me. We can only go up. We’re here to grow and keep fighting.
“I’m here to put on a show. I always put on a show every time I fight. We’re going in there to do whatever we have to do. That’s what we’re here to do…win.
“You’re going to see a much different fighter. I’m much more accurate, much more aggressive, but smarter.
“I’m here to show Golden Boy and everyone else that I have a fan base and a great following. I sell tickets and that’s the main goal. It’s good to see Golden Boy being active in Barclays Center and I’m looking forward to future events.”
“I feel really great. Training camp has been great in Colorado Springs. I want to thank everybody in Colorado Springs for their help and support. I’m just ready to get in there and represent where I’m from.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve fought in New York. I grew up on Long Island, but I haven’t fought here since I fought Daniel Jacobs in the amateurs before I joined the Marine Corps in 2003. I still have family on Long Island, so I will have be a big following for me on Saturday.
“I just want to put on a great show. It’s an honor to still have a great fan base on Long Island and I’m just ready to show that Long Island has great fighters as well.”
ABOUT “MALIGNAGGI VS BRONER”:
Malignaggi vs. Broner, a 12-round fight for Malignaggi’s WBA Welterweight World Championship, will take place Saturday, June 22, 2013 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and R & R Promotions, supported by Golden Boy Promotions’ sponsors Corona and AT&T and will be televised live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. In the co-featured bouts, Johnathon Banks will look to repeat his 2012 upset win over Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell as he defends his NABO and WBC International Heavyweight titles in a 12-round fight presented in association with K2 Promotions and number one rated WBC super middleweight contender Sakio Bika faces number four rated WBC super middleweight contender Marco Antonio Periban in a 12-round fight for the vacant WBC Super Middle weight World Championship. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® is available in Spanish on secondary audio programming (SAP). Preliminary fights will air on SHOWTIME EXTREME at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
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