Move over Floyd Mayweather, there's a new brash titleholder in the welterweight division, and his name is Adrien Broner.
The 23-year-old rising star defeated WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi via split decision Saturday night, but the end of the fight didn't end the animosity between the two. As Golden Boy Promotions tweeted out, Broner had no issues kicking a little dirt on his opponent after the win at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn:
The two fighters embraced after the final bell, but Malignaggi took exception to Broner's post-fight comments and approached him as the two once again engaged in a war of words.
The fight itself was an intriguing match that was difficult to score.
Malignaggi was the much more active fighter. According to SHOStats, the 32-year-old veteran threw nearly 850 punches over the course of the 12-round fight. However, the young Cincinnati native was the much more efficient puncher, consistently landing power shots.
The two engaged in plenty of trash talk in the buildup of the fight, and Broner previously even went personal, calling Malignaggi's ex-girlfriend during a pre-fight press conference.
With the win already in tow and Malignaggi's respect likely earned, Broner decided that it was a good time to bring up the sore topic for his opponent once again. All while taking the time to bring up his performance too, saying Malignaggi was simply "shadowboxing" all night, per Ryan Maquinana of BoxingScene.com:
Through Broner's rise to stardom he's often been compared to Floyd Mayweather for his impressive hand speed, power and defense. It appears The Problem's also set on doing his best to create a controversial persona like the sport's pound-for-pound champion.