WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner won a split decision over Paulie Malignaggi to capture the WBA welterweight title on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

In a competitive and heated bout, Broner (27-0, 22 KOs) landed enough hard blows on Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs) to earn his third belt in as many weight classes.

"He's a world class fighter," said Broner, 23, ranked as the and sixth preeminent pound-for-pounder in the world. "To come to somebody's hometown and beat them on a split decision, that's saying something. But, he couldn't hit me. He couldn't hit me. He was shadowboxing."

Meanwhile, “The Magic Man” believes he overcame Broner and even claimed the match was decided by favoritism.

"He worked for about 30 seconds every round," said Malignaggi, 32, a former IBF light welterweight king who had emerged victorious in five consecutive scraps at 147 pounds. "This was a close fight. I don't mind if you had him winning close or me winning close, it was that kind of a fight. I'm not saying it was fixed, but it's always the more connected fighter who gets the decision.”

The cocky, flamboyant and simply unlikable Broner eagerly added 12 pounds to meet the native Brooklynite.

Granted, Malignaggi is a brilliant defensive pugilist capable of causing any opponent to struggle.

Regardless, an outclassed Malignaggi managed to make “The Problem” look average.

In a losing effort, Paulie Malignaggi may have proved that Adrien Broner is not “a world class fighter.”

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