This Weekend’s Boxing Laugher From Brooklyn…

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There are a lot of boxing insiders that think Adrien Broner is the next Floyd Mayweather. Judging by the line on his next fight, the books are on to him too.

Golden Boy Promotions and Richard Schaefer are bringing a card main evented by one of the hottest young prospects Adrien Broner, as he takes on veteran Paulie Malignaggi.  Also featured on the card is a Heavyweight rematch between Johnathon Banks and Seth Mitchell.  Broner is a massive -1700 favorite over Malignaggi, who comes back at +1100.  For Broner he is moving up to the welterweight division from Lightweight, and in chosing Malignaggi as an opponent, it is clear they are taking no chances with their man.

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Not that Malignaggi isn’t a good fighter, but this is a poor matchup for him, as Broner is going to be faster, younger and stronger.  Malignaggi is a fighter who rarely gets a stop, instead choosing to outwork and out style opponents.   That is the wrong blueprint to bring to a fight with Broner.

The Johnathon Banks vs Seth Mitchell rematch is a battle between two Heavyweights that each just have 1 loss on their record and is a straight pick ‘em fight.  It is interesting, because the first match was a two round KO stop where Banks knocked Mitchell down 3 times in the second before getting the stop.  On the surface, a dominant performance like Banks would usually lead to being favored at the books, but this fight is a straight pick em right now in most places.

I recommend you do what I did – go out to YOUTUBE and watch the fight.  I watched it with Russian commentary so that I wouldn’t even hear what the American commentating crew thought.

Mitchell was the undefeated prospect going into the fight the first time, facing the veteran sparring partner whose good record makes a nice scalp on the resume, but it was not to be.  Banks, who was trained by the late, great Emmanuel Steward and has been a sparring partner for the Klitschko’s had other plans.  He came in riding a tidal wave of emotion that followed Steward’s death and he caught the younger man and did not let him off the hook.

Mitchell made a few mistakes in the first meeting that the veteran Banks exploited, and Mitchell is going to have to protect his head and chin better.  Mitchell is a guy with a lot of early stops and the longest he has gone is 8 rounds, so if he cannot break through and hurt Banks early, the longer fight benefits Banks as well.

Look at the first fight and decide for yourself…

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