Paulie Malignaggi implies fight was fixed, says judge was in Al Haymon’s pocket

Paulie MalignaggiPaulie Malignaggi was upset with the way one of the judges scored his split decision loss to Adrien Broner on Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and he even accused the judge of being paid off by Broner’s manager.

Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs) lost his WBA welterweight title belt to Broner (27-0, 22 KOs) via split decision. Two judges had the fight scored 115-113, which means they each had it 7 rounds to 5, but in favor of different fighters. Glenn Feldman scored it 115-113 for Broner, while Tom Miller had it 115-113 for Malignaggi.

The outlier of the group was judge Tom Schreck, who scored it 117-111, meaning he gave 9 rounds to Broner and only three to Malignaggi. Malignaggi thought that was absurd, and even accused Schreck of being paid off by Broner’s manager, Al Haymon, who also manages Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“Tom Schreck is a New York judge that was in Al Haymon’s pocket,” Malignaggi said in his postfight interview with Showtime’s Jim Gray. “It’s very simple. 117-111 was a joke. This was a close fight. I don’t even mind if you had him winning close or if you had me winning close, it was really that kind of fight. I’m not an immature kid like [Broner].

“The fight could have gone either way.”

After Malignaggi accused Schreck of being paid off, Gray followed up and asked if Malignaggi thought the fight was fixed.

“I’m not saying it was fixed,” Malignaggi began, “but it’s always the politically more connected fighter who gets the close decisions, and this was no different. It always happens.”

Malignaggi continued to rant about the scoring.

“Boxing’s always full of s—, man. It’s always politics. The fans can never go home happy. You get a great show, and it always gets spoiled with some b.s. like this.”

Gray pointed out that the more favored fighter getting decisions is part of the game, and Malignaggi agreed.

“It’s part of the game, but is it right, Jim?” Malignaggi asked. “It’s part of the game, but is it right? Does that mean it shouldn’t get fixed? It is part of the game, but does that mean everybody should just sit back and not fix it? Somebody should stand up and do something about it. I feel like I’m the only one that ever talks and opens his mouth.”

Malignaggi believes the scorecards should have treated him more favorably based on what he did in the fight.

“I thought I outworked [Broner],” Malignaggi told Gray. “[Broner] was sharp, but he just wasn’t busy. He didn’t land a lot of the shots he was throwing. They looked pretty, but he worked about 30 seconds of every round. It was a close fight, because when he did work, it was good. I’m not going to take that away from him. But I thought I outworked him. I thought I outworked him by a lot. I thought I threw a lot more punches. I thought I carried the pace. I thought I threw a lot more body shots.

“I’m the defending champion, you have to take the belt from the champion. I don’t think he did enough to take away the belt from the champion tonight.

Though we appreciate Malignaggi being outspoken as usual — and his point about connected fighters receiving decisions is generally accurate — we have to disagree with him in this case. Broner did not look good in the fight, but Malignaggi did not do enough to win. Also, there seems to be some evidence that would dispute Malignaggi’s claim that Schreck was paid off.

Boxing Scene got a copy of the three judges’ scorecards. Schreck gave three of the first four rounds to Malignaggi before giving the rest to Broner from the fifth on. In fact, all three judges gave the first, second, and fourth to Malignaggi. The only difference was Schreck didn’t give Paulie any rounds after that.

Let me ask you a simple question: If you’re being paid to fix a decision, would you start off by giving rounds to the other guy? I don’t think so.

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  • john lips

    THE FIGHT WAS FIXED. PAULIE DEFINATELY WON! tom miller is one of the best judges in boxing. he had it 115-113 malignaggi. obvious fixed fight.

  • Greatestshowonearth

    Was a closer fight than 117-111 Broner won but not by that much no way

  • Mike

    No, you fix a fight by doing your job halfway, then fill out the rest of your scorecard in favor of who paid you off. Make it clear that you did your job, but make your client look good.

    This judge will be added to the wall of bum/crooked judges that boxing has to offer. What the fans got was a big middle finger, which seems to be suspiciously growing in all of GBP’s marquee fights.

  • Soldier

    Tom Schreck is the reason you people lost your bets, because he is in Al Haymon’s pockets.

  • truetalk

    Al haymon is fraud he should be investigated and put in prison for fraud

  • Nelson Caban Jr

    From rounds 1-4 paulie really out worked him. The best way to fight a Philly shell defense such as a floyd or broner you have to outwork mixing combinations all over the body (which paulie did throughout the whole fight) But broner didn’t do much to actually win the belt at someone else’s hometown. He also fouled paulie twice hitting him behind his back and kneeing him while paulie was holding. Think of it this way if broner lost the decision do you honestly think he would still be as marketable to the public? Al haymon works with Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysse two heavy hitters at 140 which broner ducked. Broner will go back down since he has no power at 147. I lost a lot of respect for this sport that I once loved but I can only hope it’ll change.

  • disqus_4Fqze84bkd

    unfortunately it’s a common problem within this great sport

  • Jomama

    lol larry brown is a fool. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU WOULD DO. you would give the 1st few rounds away to make sure no one is suspicious of you…