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Paulie Lost?

We knew it would be a wild one, but when the dust settled welterweight champ Paulie Malignaggi lost a close fight to Adrien Broner, yet many felt Broner did not do enough to take the belt from the champion. Broner, who landed the harder punches, looked a lot like the Broner of the Daniel Ponce De Leon fight in which he would get vicious in spots, but be far too inactive, allowing Malignaggi to out point him in the early rounds and later in the fight. Yet when the judges read the scorecards Malignaggi lost on some cards by as wide of a margin as 9-3 which did not even seem possible. Broner continued to throw heat at Malignaggi when he said “I am leaving here with his belt and his girlfriend” to which Malignaggi nearly started another fight.

Broner is continuing his pattern of being one of the more unlikeable athletes in boxing and despite comments I have made in the past about people being too harsh on him, it’s clear that Broner is just a jackass. As he was booed by the pro-Malginaggi crowd, Broner made the statement that he will fight who the fans want him to fight next , but in all honesty I only see him fighting two guys at 147: Amir Khan or Shane Mosley, both of which would play into his strengths and result in probable wins that further his hype.

Seth Mitchell shows why American Heavys aren’t good

In a fight that was not worth watching, Seth Mitchell used his three boxing skills to put on a dazzling dud of a fight that left the crowd half asleep before the main event as the overtly cautious Mitchell appeared to join Jonathan Banks in a starring contest for the course of 12 rounds with Mitchell edging it out. For Seth Mitchell this is redemption for his knockout loss to Banks last year, but still doesn’t help the fact that he has serious holes in his game and is prone to getting hit in a division where truly one punch can change everything.

Bika takes WBC Super Middleweight Title

The WBC has a new home and low and behold it belongs to another Al Haymon fighter.

The powerful promoter, who is known to give his fighters top dollar and opportunity, got Sakio Bika a shot the vacant WBC Super Middleweight title that was unjustly stripped from rightful champ Andre Ward. Bika took a highly disputed decision over Marco Antonio Periban this weekend. In a knockdown, dragout fight that went everywhere from headclashes to wide punches landing at will, it appeared to me that the unknown Periban had beaten Bika.

Let’s avoid drama this time

In the opening of Friday Night Fight’s 2013 season, super featherweight Rances Barthelemy started the season off with a very questionable decision that many, including ESPN color commentator Teddy Atlas, felt he lost. Well, he decided to avoid the drama this time around as he quickly and promptly finished Fashai Sakkreerin in two rounds in stylish fashion. Barthelemy appeared just too big for the much smaller Sakkereerin, who also didn’t have a much of a resume going into the fight. Barthelemy’s win puts him as the mandatory for the IBF Super Featherweight title which is held by Argenis Mendez, whom also made short work of his previous opponent by knockout.

Truax knocks out George

On Friday Night Fights’ opening ESPN2 match, Donovan George was knocked out by Caleb Truax in a bout that was surprisingly lopsided. George was hurt in the last minute of the first round by a straight right and never seemed to get his mind right henceforth. Truax, who was fighting in his home state of Minnesota, appeared to be fueled by this as he overpowered the usually stout George.

Truax forced George to the ropes which led to a power shot that sent George to the floor. The game George–who earlier this week joked about how he doesn’t have a chin, he just has heart–showed it once again as the very hurt George tried his hardest to get to his feet, but was unable. For Truax this is his biggest win since nearly knocking out a tail-end-of-the-career version of Jermain Taylor, and for George this is a big step back for someone who was eyeing a television date with one of the big networks later in the year.

Bellator summer season starts

Light heavyweight major signee King Mo Lawal defeated Seth Petruzelli, aka the guy who knocked out Kimbo Slice after a brutal knockout in the first round that left Petruzelli laying motionless for minutes. After the fight, Petruzelli let it be known that he will no longer be fighting in MMA and announced his retirement, whereas King Mo called out who he will be facing in the finals of the light heavyweight tournament–Jacob Noe. Mo strutted and said things like “Noe is fake . . . I’m going to retire him.”

Speaking of Noe, he retired another fighter in “Babalu” Sobral who seemed in control of the fight until getting hit with a heavy punch that knocked him out in the third and final round. Sobral just didn’t have it anymore and Noe is now headed to meet King Mo with the winner getting a shot at the Light Heavyweight belt.

Undefeated Russian Vitaly Minakov TKO-ed Ron Sparks in the Heavyweight semifinal tournament and put all Bellator heavyweights on notice. Minakov, not only has the “it” factor, he is getting rid of competition quick as the Sambo based fighter needed just 32 seconds to stop Sparks. He will meet Ryan Martinez, a teammate of Roy Nelson and King Mo in the heavyweight finals later this year.

Ring Rumblings

The Andre Ward to Top Rank rumor in hope of a September 2014 PPV fight with Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. seems to be gaining steam despite the Ward camp saying there is no truth to the rumor. With Ward in an HBO  contract and heavily being featured on the broadcast team and Top Rank being HBO’s network since Golden Boy has gone completely to Showtime, it may open up more opportunities for upcoming events for Ward who over the past few years has struggled to stay healthy. It also doesn’t hurt that Nonito Donaire and Karim Mayfield have signed with Top Rank, two fighters who are close to the Ward camp.

Steam is picking up around the fact that Danny Garcia may not fight Lucas Matthysse a week before Mayweather-Canelo and the rumor now is that Danny Garcia-Zab Judah II maybe on deck. For Garcia, who already has come off as unlikeable to a large portion of fans for one reason or another now may come under heavy criticism if he does not fight Matthysse due to the fact that he is number one contender for the WBC light welterweight title. If the Judah is the next fight, the majority of people will view this as a clear duck of Matthysse by Garcia, who when asked in the post-fight press conference in New York, shrugged off Matthysse saying, “What has he done to earn it? He isn’t a champion!”

Anthony Pettis continues his run as the unluckiest man in MMA as he’s lost a title shot for a third time. Injury to his knee has forced him out of August PPV fight with featherweight champion Jose Aldo.