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…