Boxing Malignaggi vs. Broner fight preview: Is Adrien Broner good for boxing?

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Tonight, Adrien Broner faces Paulie Malignaggi live on Showtime. There's a lot of talk about Broner, but is he actually good for the sport of boxing? Fraser Coffeen takes a look in this Bloody Elbow preview, and join us tonight for live fight coverage.

Tonight, Saturday June 22, Bloody Elbow will have live fight coverage of Adrien Broner vs. Paulie Malignaggi, live from Brooklyn, NY and airing on Showtime. Showtime Boxing Malignaggi vs. Broner airs this Saturday, June 22 live on Showtime with a fight time of 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT. Bloody Elbow will have live fight coverage, including results and discussion all night.

In the lead-up to the fight, Broner and Malignaggi have been very outspoken, constantly attacking each other with varying degrees of insults. This is not a surprise. In fact, it's largely why these two fighters were paired up, as you knew they would both bring their loud personalities to the table. The result has been a lot of interest in the fight. Again, this should be no surprise. In the past year, Broner has established himself as one of the fighters that really gets the boxing world talking - both for good and for bad.

Ask Adrien Broner and he'll tell you he's the future of boxing. Maybe he's right, maybe not - time will tell. But whether that's true or not, there's a tougher question boxing fans have to grapple with where Broner is concerned:

Is Adrien Broner actually good for boxing?

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There are fans and analysts who will argue passionately for both sides, and both sides make convincing arguments.

On the plus side, he's a talented fighter who puts on exciting fights. Add to that his strong sense of personality and his penchant for trash-talking, and you have a dynamic, polarizing fighter who people want to tune in to see, and then when they do tune in, they get a good fight. And isn't that exactly what boxing needs?

Maybe not. The opponents of Broner argue that his insulting, immature attitude is exactly what boxing does not need. We don't need another Floyd Mayweather out there insulting his opponents, annoying fans, and generally making boxers and boxing in general look like a bunch of petulant children.

So which is it? Broner is bringing attention to the sport, but is the cost of that attention too great? Unsurprisingly, the final verdict is murky, and may not yet be known. So far, Broner has indeed brought interest, but that has not yet translated into him becoming a significant draw. Perhaps that will change with tonight's fight against the well-known Malignaggi. But as he grows in popularity and stature, the spotlight on him will increase as well, bringing more of his negative behaviors to the front. He'll bring attention, but is it the right kind of attention?

More eyes for boxing? Good. More eyes for boxing who are only seeing a negative image? That's not as good. And that's the potential danger of Adrien Broner.

Tonight, against Paulie Malignaggi, Broner continues to pick up his momentum. If he wins tonight (and I strongly suspect he will), the spotlight will keep growing. How Broner deals with that growing spotlight will ultimately determine what he means for the sport.

Maybe that ends up being a good thing, maybe not. But for now, I'm interested in finding out, and I know I'm not alone. And that means that Broner is doing a good job. For now, at least.

Join us here at Bloody Elbow for Showtime Boxing Malignaggi vs. Broner results, discussion, and live fight coverage tonight, Saturday June 22.

MALIGNAGGI VS. BRONER FIGHT CARD:

Paulie Malignaggi (32-4; 7 KOs) vs.
Adrien Broner (26-0; 22 KOs)

Johnathon Banks (29-1-1; 19 KOs) vs.
Seth Mitchell (25-1-1; 19 KOs)

Sakio Bika (31-5-2; 21 KOs) vs.
Marco Antonio Periban (20-0; 13 KOs)



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