Adrien Broner wins WBA welterweight title after points victory over Paulie Malignaggi
Adrien Broner became a three-weight world champion after securing a split-decision victory over Paulie Malignaggi.
Last Updated: 24/06/13 1:13pm
The unbeaten American was given the fight by scores of 117-111 and 115-113 on two judges' scorecards, while the third gave it to Malignaggi 115-113.
Broner, who had never gone beyond 10 rounds before, was stepping up two divisions from lightweight to take on Malignaggi in his home city of New York.
He said: "It's a tremendous accomplishment. Who's doing it like me in the game? Nobody."
Malignaggi showed plenty of grit and determination at Barclays Center but was ultimately outworked by his 23-year-old opponent.
"Paulie fought exactly how I thought he was going to fight - once he saw my power, he got on his bicycle, and I had to cut him off the whole fight," Broner said.
"I didn't have to use my footwork. He ran. All I had to do was cut off the ring. He couldn't hit me. He was shadow boxing."
Malignaggi, who was defending the belt he won just over a year ago, was incensed with the decision, saying as champion he should have been given the nod following a close contest.
"That was disgraceful. This was a close fight. The fight could have went either way. I don't think he did enough to take the belt from the champion tonight," he said.
"I'm not saying it was fixed, but the politically more connected fighter always gets the close decisions."
In the co-feature event, Seth Mitchell gained revenge over Johnathan banks with a points victory in their heavyweight clash.
Banks had stopped the unbeaten Mitchell in their first clash and had him in trouble in the third this time. However, Mitchell survived and landed more shots thereafter in a fight that petered out badly.
The judges scored it 117-109, 115-112 and 114-112 and Mitchell (26-1) will now look to move forward with his career.