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Notes: Malignaggi finds motivation from young fighters

Veteran Paulie Malignaggi got an unexpected boost during training camp from a group of young fighters in Miami ahead of Saturday night's return. Amanda Westcott/Showtime

A few notes from around the boxing world:

• Former welterweight and junior welterweight titlist Paulie Malignaggi (35-7, 7 KOs), who faces Brooklyn, New York neighborhood friend Gabriel Bracero (24-2, 5 KOs) on Saturday (Showtime Extreme, 7 p.m. ET/PT) on the Leo Santa Cruz-Carl Frampton undercard at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, said that even though he knows he is near the end of his career, he found motivation in training for the fight because of all the young fighters he was around in the gym.

"The gym I train in down in Miami is full of young guys hungry to break through," the 35-year-old Malignaggi said this week. "That's the feeling we all used to have in the gym. It starts to rub off on you when you hang around motivated people. I need to have great motivation and that fire to return to the top level. I took a couple steps back after the [Danny] Garcia fight and gradually stepped up. I think Gabe is another step up. He's a hungry and motivated guy. I know Gabriel Bracero, not only as a fighter, but I know his spirit. We came up together in the same generation of New York fighters."

Malignaggi is eyeing his third win in a row since Garcia. In the fight before he won a welterweight world title, he knocked out Malignaggi in the ninth round, also at Barclays Center.

• Featherweight titleholder Santa Cruz will earn $1 million and former unified junior featherweight titleholder Frampton will earn $500,000 (although he will likely earn more via U.K. television money) for their fight on Saturday (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET, Showtime Extreme 7 p.m. ET/PT) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. In the junior welterweight co-feature, Mikey Garcia will earn $375,000 and Elio Rojas $75,000. For the junior middleweight title eliminator opener, Tony Harrison's purse is $85,000 and Sergey Rabchenko's is $30,000. On the Showtime Extreme portion of the card, welterweight Malignaggi's purse is $150,000 for his fight with Bracero, whose purse is $55,000. Lightweight Ivan Redkach will make $17,500 and Tevin Farmer $15,000.

• Golden Boy Promotions announced that Mexican middleweight Antonio Gutierrez (20-2-1, 9 KOs) will square off with Jorge Melendez (29-6-1, 27 KOs), of Puerto Rico, in a 10-round bout that will headline its "LA Fight Club" card on Sept. 2 (Estrella TV, 10 p.m. ET) at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles. Lightweight prospect Christian "Chimpa" Gonzalez (14-0, 12 KOs), of Buena Park, California, will face Jonathan Corrales (8-3-2, 3 KOs), of Mexico, in the eight-round co-feature.