Malignaggi wins Brooklyn battle; Harrison stuns Rabchenko in nine
Paulie Malignaggi won a battle of Brooklyn with Gabriel Bracero to retain his title as the best in the borough.
‘The Magic Man’ was the more assured of the two fighters for the duration of the ten rounds and picked the better punches to see out a points win on the cards.
At the final bell, judges awarded the two-weight world champion a 98-92 twice, 96-94 victory and potentially opened the door to a farewell title shot for the Italian-American.
A bustling welterweight division full of powerful champions doesn’t bode well for Malignaggi’s chances of claiming another championship, although the entertaining boxer / analyst still has plenty to offer on Saturday night’s evidence.
In the Showtime opener, rangy 154 pounder Tony Harrison dominated Sergey Rabchenko before a sweet straight right hand ended the contest in the ninth round.
The Detroit fighter never allowed the Ricky Hatton-trained Belarussian settle into the fight and took every round on my card until one perfectly-timed blow finished Rabchenko for good.
Harrison has now placed himself handily for a shot at a world super welterweight title, whilst Rabchenko has lost two of his last four bouts and needs to go back to the drawing board before any return.