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Malignaggi vs Broner: Bernard Hopkins to serve as commentator for Saturday's fights

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Bernard Hopkins will replace the actively fighting Paulie Malignaggi in the booth for Saturday night's Showtime boxing event.


IBF light heavyweight titlist and living legend Bernard Hopkins will be the third man in the booth calling the action for Showtime on Saturday night, as normal expert analyst Paulie Malignaggi will be at his day job, defending the WBA welterweight title against Adrien Broner in the night's main event from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Hopkins will join Mauro Ranallo and Al Bernstein calling the action, as well as ringside reporter Jim Gray and host Brian Kenny. Malignaggi-Broner is the headline bout of a Showtime tripleheader, which also features a rematch between heavyweights Johnathon Banks and Seth Mitchell, and a vacant super middleweight title fight between Sakio Bika and Marco Antonio Periban.

Hopkins has done a little commentary work in the past, and always acquitted himself well, I thought. He's a strong analyst who breaks down fights as well as anyone, and adds genuine "expert" level stuff to the call. Still, it would be great if Antonio Tarver laid him out with a chair and took his old seat back.