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Burns’ trainer: Ricky can beat Adrien Broner at 135lbs or 140

9 May
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Tommy Barber – London

Billy Nelson, the long-time trainer of Scotland’s two-weight world champion pug Ricky Burns, has claimed that his charge can beat motor-mouthed publicity machine Adrien Broner at lightweight, or even super lightweight. The two have been in talks to box before, at the super featherweight division limit, but Burns headed north, to the 135 pound pool.

Both men have since made great splashes with Burns’ hat-trick of lightweight triumphs over Michael Katsidis, Kevin Mitchell and Paulus Moses, and Broner’s teekayo torturing of tough Mexican hombre Antonio DeMarco and gritty Welshman Gavin Rees. Burns is in action this weekend, defending his WBO strap against Jose Gonzalez at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena. Meanwhile, a June 22 clash at New York City’s Barclays Center with welterweight titlist and fellow smack talker Paulie Malignaggi awaits Broner.

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Marcos Maidana welcomes Malignaggi challenge: Paul has balls

2 Nov

Tommy Barber – London

I’m up for it!” is the message Argentinean power puncher Marcos Maidana has issued upon learning of welterweight contender Paul Malignaggi‘s desire to fight him in February. Currently swimming in the super lightweight pool, Maidana – a champion of the ‘Regular’ WBA belt – has campaigned well at the weight, however, he is eager to test the welterweight waters and a match-up with the Magic Man could be made for early 2012.

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“I see that Paul Malignaggi challenged me for February,” said the fan-friendly 28-year-old. “I’m in for it! Now it’s up to my promoter Golden Boy.”

Maidana’s body of work at 140lbs has included knockout triumphs over Victor Ortiz and Victor Manuel Cayo, as well as registering points wins against DeMarcus Corley and Erik Morales. This, together with a 2010 classic fight with Amir Khan.

Likewise, Malignaggi (30-4-0, 6ko) boxed Khan but succumbed to a late stoppage defeat, however, he championed the IBF super lightweight title between 2007-08 and fights against Miguel Cotto and Ricky Hatton enhanced his profile and reputation: “Malignaggi has balls, he proved it versus Cotto,” noted Maidana (31-2-0, 28ko).

A slick boxer from Brooklyn, Malignaggi is undefeated at 147lbs having knocked out Michael Lozada before impressively decisioning Jose Miguel Cotto and Orlando Lora. The welterweight division may soon welcome the presence of Maidana as, he says he “cannot find anyone that wanted to face me at 140 except [Paul] McCloskey, but I’m told there is no money for it.”

A trip north, to a division that is home to Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr, Andre Berto and old rival Ortiz therefore looks imminent for thunderous puncher El Chino: “[A Malignaggi match-up] would be a great fight I think!”

Malignaggi who, like Maidana, is a part of the Golden Boy stable, commented: “I’ll step in the lions den, thats what it was made for.”

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Exclusive: Paul Malignaggi on Oct opponent, training camp and beef with Alexander

30 Aug

Alan Dawson – London

Equally known for his slick boxing skills and his headline-grabbing antics, Paul Malignaggi was in full swing when On The Beak caught up with him recently. The traditionally outspoken 30-year-old from Brooklyn told me about his move up to welterweight, his current training camp for October 15 opponent Orlando Lora and his simmering rivalry with fellow American, Devon Alexander.

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Photo and credit: Paulie 'Magic Man' Malignaggi

A former world champion with the IBF, Malignaggi had campaigned at super lightweight (140lbs/10 stones) for eight years before moving up to welterweight in 2010.

In his first fight at the new weight, against Michael Lozada as an undercard bout for the publicised light heavyweight championship contest between Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins in Quebec, Canada, Malignaggi (29-4-0, 6ko) proved too fast and relentless for Lozada to keep up and he won himself a sixth round stoppage triumph – his first since 2002.

When he fought Jose Miguel Cotto in April, 2011, he again had too much speed – of hand and foot – for his Puerto Rican opponent and he dominated the scorecards.

Against Cotto, Malignaggi was sharp, consistent and there was intent behind his smooth combination-punching. Considering he was 2-0-0, 1ko at 147lbs, the obvious introduction question was how comfortable and confident he felt as a welter: “Eventually you have to move up in weight,” said Malignaggi to On The Beak‘s Alan Dawson.

“You can only go so far in your boxing career at one weight, eventually it’s going to catch up to you. I just couldn’t make 140lbs anymore, so I had to make the jump to 147 and see where things go. I looked and felt good against Cotto.” I didn’t disagree. He then revealed the main difference in campaigning at a higher weight class: “I get to eat!”

He elaborated: “I was starving myself days before the weigh-in [at 140lbs]. Now, I feel comfortable and [am not] killing myself [so it] gives you a better state of mind.”

Malignaggi has been pitted against Lora for his next test. Lora is a pressure fighter with a fan-friendly style and the Mexican has tasted just one defeat – an eighth round retirement to David Estrada – however, even in some of his victories, in particular Octavio Narvaez prior to Estrada, Lora lacked sharpness; something Malignaggi could easily capitalise on should that reoccur in the ring at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

“I don’t know too much about Lora,” Paul conceded, “but you always need a gameplan. I’m going to stick with what I know best, but also will form a gameplan as well.

While Lora may attempt to adopt a fan-friendly nature inside of the ring, Malignaggi is approachable and friendly outside of it. He regularly engages with his 12,500 strong Twitter following (@PaulMalignaggi) and it was through that social platform where he posted pictures of his recent trip to Italy. Malignaggi has already begun preparations for his current camp, he said: “I left to California [last week] to prepare for October’s fight on the Hopkins-Dawson undercard. I’ve been training since I was in Italy.”

Paul’s lack of knockout finishes throughout his 33-fight professional career has, on occasion, been used as a slight against his game, however, he has shown time and again that he has a solid chin, good heart, slick skills, is awkward to pin down, is a consistent combination puncher and a trusted distance fighter… he has endurance. I asked what was the most important exercise and/or routine during camp that maintains his sterling condition: “I put my roadwork in,” he said. “Thats the most important thing.

“Most people don’t enjoy running, it can be a hassle at times but once you learn to enjoy running, then everything else falls into place,” added Malignaggi, offering readers tips for free exercising that they can do on the treadmill or on the road. “You’ll start to see drastic change to your health. So, if someone really wants to live a healthy life, running is one of the main key points to doing so.”

Malignaggi and Lora are part of the Believe It Or Not card, headlined by Hopkins and Dawson, supported by Jorge Linares and Antonio DeMarco’s scrap for the WBC lightweight world championship, and Kendall Holt’s fight with Danny Garcia for the vacant NABO light welterweight belt. When Paul was last involved in such a high calibre card, at Action Heroes, he stole the show by donning black face paint around his eyes and emblazoned a superhero-style “M” on his chest and biceps at the weigh in.

I asked whether The Magic Man had any similar antics planned for October 15, or if he had a message for Lora. He laughed: “I won’t be hyping up this fight, I know the world loves to hear what Paulie Malignaggi has to say but it’s going to be a good fight and I can’t wait till October. Just get your popcorn ready, and enjoy a great card. I’m not even sure what music i’ll be playing for the entrance. We’ll see when things get closer to fight time.”

Of course, the match-up that would be a guaranteed hype generator is a grudge fight between himself and fellow American, Devon Alexander. The two have genuine beef with the other, traded barbs and may well get a chance to exchange punches at the start of 2012 providing: “Devon doesn’t mess it up.”

Malignaggi added: “He wants to act like its my fault the fight isnt getting made this year. He knows damn well, HBO is over the budget for this year. So, next year if he wants to get it on, we can do it. I’m here, he knows where to find me.”

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Orthodox American: Devon Alexander wants to make presence felt at welterweight but he’ll have to fight harder than he did at super lightweight

5 Jul

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Former world champion at super lightweight Devon Alexander has not won convincingly in 15 months and, following a highly-questionable decision against Lucas Matthysse, has decided to leave the 140lb weight class behind him and move up to welterweight, however, to make the impact he intends on having, he will need to find heart and power that he has yet to show sustained signs of.

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The recent grudge contest between rival heavyweights Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye promised to be a knockout event but fight fans ended up feeling like they had received a low blow as Haye refused to engage. At the beginning of the year we experienced something similar, as the first big showdown – between two technically-gifted and prominent fighters at super lightweight – were brought together in a unification bout. The fact that the combatants, Timothy Bradley and Alexander, were both undefeated, added to the fight’s allure.

What transpired, though, was like an Independance Day festival where the man in charge of gunpowder left all his fireworks at home except for a sole Catherine wheel that was expected to engross the thousands in attendance and even more who had tuned in around the world via a television link but as soon as it was lit it hightailed, leaving the paying customer scratching their scalp and wondering where the fuck their entertainment went.

A clash of heads brought the bout to a premature end, Alexander (pictured above, throwing his southpaw jab) squinted towards his corner complaining that “it stung” and Bradley was awarded a technical decision as he was – rightfully – ahead on all the scorecards.

Alexander’s fights either side of the Bradley duel were victories, but require footnotes as he won a dubious (in his home town of St Louis) against Andreas Kotelnik last year even though the Ukrainian landed more punches, had greater accuracy and connected with more meaningful punches. Last month, on June 25 and again in his home town, he was awarded another contentious points verdict over Lucas Matthysse, even though Alexander (21-1-0, 13ko) was decked once and ate a large number of power punches.

If the intention is to challenge for a world title then leaving the talent-rich super lightweight division may be an astute one as Alexander would get out-slicked by Zab Judah, out-worked by Amir Khan, dropped by Marcos Maidana and he’s already lost once to Bradley.

Alexander already has his first opponent at 147lbs lined up in Brooklyn boxer-mover Paulie Malignaggi (29-4-0, 6ko) as the two have a beef that has long been simmering. Both fighters have been outspoken regarding the other. Malignaggi claims it was never he who started the rivalry as he believes Alexander issued the first barb by calling him a “bum”. New Yorker Paulie waited for his moment… and when Alexander hiccoughed against Bradley – in a fight where some quarters perceived him to quit – Malignaggi said that Devon “screamed like a little bitch.”

Alexander recently said to World Boxing News: “I think it [a fight with Malignaggi] will be a good fight for me. My first fight at 147lbs. It will definitely make my presence known at welterweight.”

At the time former world champion at 140lbs, Malignaggi, moved north to welterweight, he faced criticism regarding his ability to be effective. He teekayoed club fighter Michael Lozada in six rounds but recently defeated tough Puerto Rican Jose Miguel Cotto in a ten round decision at the “Action Heroes” event in April. Malignaggi, not one known for his power, fought relentlessly against Cotto and left the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, having impressed.

If Alexander wants to break into the top ten at welterweight he will also need to his own game. Should he enhance his own power and fight with more heart than he may well be effective, but picking Malignaggi in his debut at the new weight could backfire.

“I’m definitely interested,” Malignaggi told Examiner when pressed as to his feelings regarding a fight with fellow American Devon. “I’ve been presented with some options and I think Devon is actually one of the better ones. It’s a fight that interests me.

“It’s not a beef that I started but easily one that I could finish.”

Orthodox American: Paulie Malignaggi reveals the perils that boxers face during training camp – ‘Fighters fear retinal damage’

25 May

Alan Dawson – London

Former IBF junior welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi has revealed that the injury that can derail any boxing career are retinal issues. The 30-year-old, a slick boxer-mover who now campaigns at welterweight, has long had problems with his hands and has even had to undergo surgery five times. The Brooklyn fighter, though, claims boxers get hurt more in the gym than they do in the ring.

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It is no secret that Malignaggi (29-4-0, 6ko) has battled against brittle bones in his hands throughout his career and, in his most recent fight against Jose Miguel Cotto at the Action Heroes event in April, hurt both of his hands yet fought through the pain to secure a shut-out victory (for scorecard and summary, click here).

“Hand injuries [have] always been a letdown when the hand has broken and I’ve needed surgery,” the Magic Man informed Eastside Boxing. The fists are the primary weapon for a boxer… a fighter therefore always needs confidence in their hands. Malignaggi, though, has countered his inability to muster power shots by relying more on boxing and moving and his technical skill has won him acclaim as a 12-round fighter.

“This is a combat sport, so you’re striking your opponent, and if you don’t have especially strong bones in your hands, as is the case with me, you can have problems. The thing with a broken hand is, I need time out to have surgery, heal and then, when the cast is off, I need two months to get back into top shape for a fight.”

Malignaggi continued by remarking that there have been multiple occasions where he has not only fought through hand injuries during a fight, but also throughout a training camp. He said: “I’ve been forced to try and ignore my hand troubles a number of times in the past. I have brittle bones in my hands and I have trained with a damaged hand and not known it was basically broken until later, at the doctors.

“I don’t think I’ve ever made the injuries I’ve suffered any worse due to trying to ignore the pain. I’ve also fought on with a broken hand a few times. Has that weakened my hand? I don’t think so. My hands have always been brittle. One time, my right hand was so bad ahead of a fight, I couldn’t even turn the ignition in the car but I just jabbed the guy to death with my left hand.”

In order to try to combat the brittleness of the bones in his hands, Malignaggi has been taking calcium supplements as well as enlisting the help of a strength and conditioning coach.

“I take calcium to avoid injuries in training for my bones. I have a strength and conditioning coach [and] to avoid strains and pulls, you have to make sure you warm up and cool down before and after each and every workout.

“I’d say training camp is the more difficult time for a boxer,” noted the American who is 2-0-0, 1ko as a welterweight. “The typical boxer gets more hurt in the gym than he does in an actual fight.”

As problematic as hand injuries may be, Malignaggi mentioned that they are not amongst the worst issues a boxer can experience. He noted: “Retinal injuries can be common in boxing. You can get eye damage in sparring, where you do way more rounds there than you do in the ring. Obviously broken bones, like the nose and the cheekbone, are common too. [If] a fighter gets retinal damage – that can end a fighter’s career; it’s real serious.

“I’d say retinal injury is the biggest, most fearful injury for a boxer. A fighter can go for an eye test thinking everything’s fine, and then find out he has a problem that can put his career, his livelihood, in jeopardy.”

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Action Heroes Recap: All our coverage from pre-fight to post-fight including: videos, scorecards, round by round summaries and reaction!

11 Apr

Alan Dawson – London

Oscar de la Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions gifted fight fans with a stacked card last weekend that lived up to it’s billing as an ‘Action Heroes‘ event. With four intriguing match-ups, boxing produced an evening that rivalled what Dana White accomplishes with UFC – and boy did it deliver.

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Paulie Malignaggi and Jose Miguel Cotto introduced the televised card. The former, an IBF Super Lightweight titlist, had already fought once in the welterweight division when he defeated little known Michael Lozada late last year. Magic Man introduced himself to the 147lbs scene with a rare knockout victory. Cotto, though, posed a different threat to Lozada. The Puerto Rican had power and strength yet come fight-night last Saturday, Cotto showed that’s all he had… he lacked imagination, intuition and rarely left second gear. Malignaggi, meanwhile, showed a great deal of aggression in putting together multi-punch combos, throwing from an array of angles while altering his defensive posturing. It was impressive. However, it came with a price for the hand injuries that have blighted the Brooklyn boxer-mover’s career have once again hurt Paulie’s chances of a speedy return to the ring.

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The second match-up was supposed to re-establish James Kirkland’s path to a world title shot following a spell in the slammer. What ensued, was one of the shock upsets of 2011 as unheralded Nobuhiro Ishida dropped the kayo-hungry Kirkland three times in the opening two minutes prompting referee Joe Cortez to step in to save the Texan from further punishment. Kirkland needs to address his defence as, even though Ishida’s one-two combos lacked brute force, he unleashed them so fast that they effectively surprised James and literally caught him off guard.

For full fight video, scorecard, round by round summary and reaction for Kirkland – Ishida click here.

Michael Katsidis’ relentless come-forward style was rendered impotent for by Robert Guerrero aside from a two round hiccup during the championship rounds as the ‘Ghost’ displayed a boxing master class in order to pick up two interim titles. In so doing, he becomes a legitimate contender to the world champions at 135lbs. Guerrero kept Katsidis at bay with a jab and move technique that eventually marked the face of Katsidis. The affable Australian seemed to trouble Guerrero with some punishing body shots in the eighth and ninth rounds but it was too little, too late, as Guerrero stormed to a one-sided decision win.

For scorecard and round by round summary for Guerrero – Katsidis click here.

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The momentum built-up by three entertaining supporting fights (albeit for different reasons) culminated with a barnburner for the main event of the evening. Erik Morales was seen to be a deluded returning pro… fight promoters from England (Frank Warren) to USA (Bob Arum) voiced concern over Morales’ welfare in this bout yet the ring legend proved all his doubters wrong by taking Marcos Maidana the distance. Morales showed he could go toe-to-toe with Maidana, taking the Argentine’s best shots without getting properly troubled, while finding his own success boxing from range – he answered Maidana’s questions and posed even trickier ones himself, but ultimately came undone due to a majority decision verdict. Maidana may have won the battle, but Morales’ legacy will only have been enhanced with such a heroic performance.

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Fight Results (With Video): Action Heroes steal show, Adamek overcomes McBride, Rubio upsets Lemieux and more…

10 Apr

J.G Barrington – New York

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IBF International Heavyweight title: Tomasz Adamek – UD – Kevin McBride [120-107, 119-108, 119-108]

Notes – Adamek dominated Irishman McBride over 12 rounds in what is most likely a tune-up for his September fracas with a Klitschko. Adamek, who is a ‘short’ heavyweight at 6’1.5 had little trouble locating a target much taller than he as McBride is measured at 6’6. McBride was deducted a point in the seventh due to holding. Embedded video above showcases a highlight reel from the fight (source – Youtube, Vvideostudio).

Heavyweight: Danny Williams – 1st Rd KO – Laszlo Toth

Notes – Prevented from boxing in his native England by the British Boxing Board of Control, Williams fights under his acronym of DPW. He made his opponent, Toth, look as much of a palooka as his previous adversary, Roth, winning his second successive early knockout victory in Germany.

WBO World Super Middleweight title: Robert Stieglitz – 10th Rd DQ – Khoren Gevor

Notes – In a particularly strange encounter, Gevor was disqualified from his bout with Stieglitz due to an apparent clash of heads… or maybe it was the UFC style throw to the canvas that was a case of both men pushing their say, rather than Gevor getting disgruntled. He even attacked the referee. Stieglitz retained his WBO belt. For a video of the complete fight click here.

Middleweight: Marco Antonio Rubio– 7th Rd TKO – David Lemieux

Notes – In the first major stunner of the weekend, experienced Rubio dropped Lemieux, ruining the Canadian’s unblemished record. Rubio is now the mandatory challenger for the WBC strap at middleweight, which could mean a dust-up with the winner of Sebastian Zbik and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr or Sergio Martinez. For a video of the complete fight click here.

Middleweight: Nobuhiro Ishida – 1st Rd TKO – James Kirkland

Notes – In another shock upset for the weekend, unheralded Japanese middleweight Ishida, 35, obliterated previously undefeated James Kirkland in a single round. Ishida thrice knocked Kirkland down before referee Joe Cortez called off the fight – much to the dismay of the loser. For scorecard, round summary, video and reaction of the Kirkland kayo, click here.

Welterweight: Paulie Malignaggi – UD – Jose Miguel Cotto [99-11, 99-91, 97-93]

Notes – Magic Man Malignaggi pulled out one of the most aggressive performances of his career as, even though he was never going to knock Jose Cotto out, he toyed with the Puerto Rican – successfully seeking revenge for losing a unanimous decision to sibling Miguel Cotto five years ago. For scorecard and round by round summary click here. For post-fight reaction click here.

Interim WBA World Super Lightweight title: Marcos Maidana – MD – Erik Morales [116-112, 116-112, 114-114]

Notes – Morales stood up to Maidana’s power and relentlessness while dishing back beautiful combinations. For the second successive year, Maidana is involved in a Fight of the Year candidate (three if you include his kayo win over Victor Ortiz). An ugly swelling caused one of Morales’ eyes to close so he fought 11 rounds like a cyclops. They must do a rematch. For scorecard and round by round summary click here. For post-fight reaction click here.

Super Lightweight: Danny Garcia – UD – Nate Campbell [100-90, 99-91, 98-92]

Notes – Campbell suffered successive defeat as Garcia bettered him in every single round according to one of the judge’s scorecards. The Philly boxer maintained an unbeaten record in one of three untelevised bouts at the Action Heroes event at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Interim WBA/WBO World Lightweight title: Robert Guerrero – UD – Michael Katsidis [118-106, 118-107, 117-108]

Notes – Guerrero looked a league above Katsidis, putting on a boxing clinic. He almost won every round had it not been for a late surge from Mick. The Aussie found great success with scything body shots which begs the question why he didn’t continue with that tactic. Guerrero will now most likely be matched up with a world champion. For scorecard and round by round summary click here. For post-fight reaction click here.

WBC World Super Featherweight title: Toshiaki Nishioka – 9th Rd KO – Mauricio Javier Munoz

Notes – As expected, Nishioka preserved his world champion status with a knockout victory over a tough Argentine who had only been twice defeated before. Nishioka won the bout with a flush left hook followed up with another brutal left to finish the job with just moments left in the 9th. “I think I galvanised Japan a little bit when the country is facing so many problems,” Nishioka beamed after the bout.

WBC World Featherweight title: Jhonny Gonzalez – 4th Rd TKO Hozumi Hasegawa

Notes – Gonzalez scored his eight successive kayo victory after losing by knockout to Nishioka. Hasegawa was down in the 4th and lost the WBC belt that he had only just won. Hasegawa demonstrated good speed to start, however, Gonzalez’s power proved too much for the Japanese featherweight.

British Bantamweight title: Stuart Hall – 5th Rd TKO – John Donnelly

Notes – Hall continued his command over the domestic bantamweight division in Britain with another stoppage, this time over Donnelly. Hall rises to 11-0-0 with 7 knockouts within that spell. Donnelly faced a count in the fourth and two again in the following round before the fight was called off.

WBO Female Super Featherweight title: Ramona Kuehne – UD – Arleta Krausova [118-112, 116-113, 113-115]

Notes – Female German super featherweight superstar Kuehne is as good as she is beautiful and once again she successfully defended three titles; one of them a world title. Krausova was a little known prospect having fought just three times but Kuehne had all the answers and took yet another woman’s zero.

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Orthodox American: Paulie Malignaggi reveals that victory over Jose Miguel Cotto has again cost him a hand injury

10 Apr

Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

Former IBF World Super Lightweight titlist Paulie Malignaggi is now 2-0 in the welterweight division as he supplemented his December 2010 victory over Michael Lozada with a win last night against Jose Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, however, the triumph has come at a price…

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Magic Man laments brittle hands

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The ‘Action Heroes’ event on Saturday, April 9 lived up to it’s tagline as it was full of eye-catching dust-ups, a shock victory and showcased stunning boxing skills.

Amongst the action was Malignaggi (29-4-0, 6ko) and Cotto’s ten round contest; a bout that Magic Man dominated with his slick ability to alter his posture, throw punches in bunches from awkward angles while evading Cotto’s one-dimensional style that was largely built on power and strength.

Malignaggi, though, will be denied a speedy return to the ring as the Brooklyn boxer-mover has injured his hands as a result of the aggression he showed on fight night.

“I hurt both of my hands,” the 30-year-old lamented to Boxing Scene. “I was starting to step on the gas when I hurt them. People bitch about me not stepping it up but I have been dealing with this sh*t [hand injuries] my whole career.”

He added: “I hurt both of my hands. I had to use one of them so I used my left. I had been landing my combinations and I thought I could have stepped it up and then this happened.”

Malignaggi has long had issues with his hands and has been subjected to multiple surgeries in order to heal past injuries.

It is unclear for how long Paulie will be sidelined for and it is a dent in his bid to add a welterweight world belt to the super lightweight strap he was awarded in 2007 for his unanimous decision win over Lovemore N’dou.

In past years Malignaggi attributed his miserly knockout ratio to the fact he was “born with brittle hands”.

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Action Heroes: Paulie Malignaggi’s magic has one-paced Jose Miguel Cotto spellbound as American claims ten round decision win

10 Apr

Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

Paulie Malignaggi lived up to his ‘Magic Man’ moniker as well as the ‘Action Heroes’ tagline that has been synonymous with this boxing event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas by attending the weigh-in with colourful make-up befitting a superhero. His performance on fight night was also heroic as he dominated Jose Miguel Cotto.

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Delgado’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Malignaggi 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
Cotto 10 9 9 9 9
9 9 9 9 9

Round By Round Summary

Round One: Malignaggi was considerably more active in the opening 30 seconds, utilising his jab and combination work yet got stung by a hard shot from the stronger Cotto. Malignaggi was clinical with the amount of punches he landed, both to the head and body, but Cotto’s replies will have hurt the Magic Man. In the final 30 seconds the two went toe-to-toe in the centre of the ring.

Round Two: Paulie began negotiating his way around Cotto in the second stanza. The Puerto Rican stayed in the centre of the ring while Malignaggi boxed around him; jabbing and moving. Referee Kenny Bayless had to check Paulie with one minute left due to a clash of heads but the fight continued sharply. Good combination work from Magic who then showboated to liven up the crowd.

Round Three: Cotto tried to land the left hook, a tool he used since the first round, yet Malignaggi was now far more aware of it and was protecting his right temple with a high right mitt. The Brooklyn boxer-mover again showed great combination work. Cotto worked the jab well. Cotto landed a good right. And his left hook crept through toward the end of the round.

Round Four: While Paulie’s right mitt blocked Cotto’s left hook on occasion in the opening three rounds, it was his head movement that evaded the shot in the fourth. The slick American doubled up on his jab and made Cotto appear pedestrian. Malignaggi had the greater tempo while Cotto seemed to move solely in first gear. Cotto’s punches were hitting air while Malignaggi’s one-two was splendid.

Round Five: Malignaggi unleashed an astonishing eight-punch combination in the fifth round that will have no doubt raised the eyebrows of the crowd and the ringside judges. Mid-way through the fight it was apparent that not only was Cotto one-paced, but also one-dimensional. He lacked the intuition and imagination to alter his style – one that Paulie had figured out how to overcome; by staying outside, boxing and moving. Cotto opened up a gash over Malignaggi’s eye yet it was ruled an accidental headbutt. He responded by landed four swift jabs in succession.

Round Six: Paulie was let down by his cutman as he left his stool with blood streaming out of the cut above his eye. Cotto landed a strong left. Paulie found success with his own left hook. By the middle of the round Malignaggi was bleeding from both eyes.

Round Seven: If Cotto was going to stake a claim for the ‘championship’ rounds then he needed to apply more pressure. Instead he was almost walking into Malignaggi’s punches, who was now shooting from the hip. Cotto though, caught Paulie with a hard right. Malignaggi needed to avoid the inside as he faced a threat of getting tagged.

Round Eight: Malignaggi’s guard was higher in the eighth, perhaps wary due to the cuts sustained over his eyes. When the two engaged in a clinch, Cotto’s heavy hands failed to trouble Paulie and again the latter landed one-two-three-four punch combinations but Cotto blocked more shots than not.

Round Nine: Cotto was kept guessing as to where the shots were coming from as again Malignaggi altered his posturing. When Cotto had Malignaggi in the corner, Paulie tried to escape but slipped. After landing a three punch flurry, Malignaggi stuck his tongue out at Jose. Cotto landed a solid left hook but Malignaggi instantly clowned around, forcing a reaction from the crowd, before gaining points for a good combination.

Round Ten: Cotto needed the knockout for the win and his best option was to follow up his left hook with a stiff right; something he had not done in the preceding nine rounds. Paulie was cautious leading into a combination and instead doubled up on his jab, landing treble jabs and just kept Cotto at arms length.

Malignaggi boxed superbly to claim his second win at welterweight limit and showed a lot of aggression with his new bulk. With the win, Magic Man rose to 29-6-0 with 6 of those wins by kayo, while Cotto’s stats fell to 32-3-1 with 24 knockout victories.

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Orthodox American: Paulie Malignaggi – Devon Alexander lacks heart, desire and grit, he ‘quit’ against Tim Bradley

1 Apr

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Former IBF Junior Welterweight title holder Paulie Malignaggi, who now campaigns at welterweight, has launched a scathing verbal attack on Devon Alexander ahead of the St Louis southpaw’s June 25 dust up with hard-hitting Argentine Lucas Matthysse.

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Magic Man questions Alexander's background

Malignaggi regards Alexander to be a quitter because of his underwhelming performance against Timothy Bradley in the first big fight of 2011; a two-title unification bout in Michigan.

The bout was halted in the 10th round with a clash of heads and Alexander’s resultant cuts the cause for the premature stoppage. The judges’ scorecards decided the contest and a unanimous technical decision was awarded to Bradley.

Alexander was the recipient of mass censure following the fight as it was deemed that, despite the chance to unify his WBC belt with Bradley’s WBO strap, he pulled out when the going got tough – a verdict shared by Malignaggi.

“Devon showed me a big lack of heart in his last fight,” he said on Boxing Scene. “[He showed] a big lack of desire, big lack of heart [and] a big lack of grit.

“When all you hear about a fighter is how he came from nothing, how he came up hungry, how he came up and he had it so bad… I just speak from my own experience, I fight hard every time because I don’t want to go back to where I came from – that’s why I leave it all in the ring.”

The Brooklyn slickster added: “I have a responsibility to myself, a responsibility to the fans and responsibility to the people who believe in me, like the networks. When you look at a guy like Alexander and he quits like that, it makes you question if he really had it that bad.

“To me, a person that comes from nothing and a persona that comes from where they don’t want to be – they will stop at nothing to go back. Even if you are at death’s doorstep. Alexander was far from being at death’s doorstep. He just got headbutted and cried a lot then quit.”

Malignaggi called Alexander a ‘punk’ in the aftermath of the technical decision with Bradley. He had allegedly been waiting for a chance to criticise Alexander after he himself was trash-talked by ‘The Great’; Devon last year was against rival Amir Khan’s decision to box Malignaggi in his debut on US soil, claiming he was avoiding the tough fighters.

“I was very critical about him, especially with some of the comments he made about myself,” Malignaggi said. “This wasn’t a guy who I was ever going to fight. There was no reason he needed to talk trash about me. I let it happen.

“What happened, happened, but when I saw the way this guy reacted it surprised me. Because I have to tell you, you hear stories that he came from nothing and I didn’t expect him to quit. I just let it go when he talked garbage about me but when I saw that I said ‘Oh no, I can’t let this fly’.”

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