Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Malignaggi Furious With Juan Diaz Fight, Fears Robbery

By Rick Reeno

And I thought Tuesday night would be quiet. BoxingScene.com received a furious call from former junior welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi. Malignaggi was waiting for his flight at JFK airport and wanted to speak his mind before making his trip to Houston, Texas for Saturday's fight against Juan Diaz.

Malignaggi is confident that he possesses the skills to box his way to victory. At the same time, he is fearful of a robbery. He alleged that Diaz's promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, is stacking everything against him to ensure their fighter gets the win. His main gripe, among the many, has to do with officials being assigned to the fight. Malignaggi claims that Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer promised neutral officials and never held true to his word. According to Malignaggi, the officials are far from neutral.

"I'm going to get f*cked in this fight. Rick, I called you because I want everyone to know. They won't change and I'm going to get f*cked any way, so I might as well educate people. It's all bullsh*t what they've done. Mind you Rick, I still feel very good about the fight. I don't want people to get the wrong idea. I'm still very confident of whooping Diaz's ass on Saturday night," Malignaggi said.

"Richard Schaefer promised us neutral officials when we agreed to the fight. Boxing we already know is corrupt and disorganized, it's a f*cking joke. They are doing everything to declare him the winner before we fight. You have Gale Van Hoy, a judge from Texas who scored the Chris John vs. Rocky Juarez fight a draw. Then you have Raul Caiz, a Mexican judge from California who is anything but neutral. Looking at the fights Caiz has judged in the past, he is far from neutral when it comes to Golden Boy and Mexican fighters. The referee is Laurence Cole and all you have to do is look him up to see his past. Then they had a judge from Las Vegas and we didn't have a problem with her, so they [Golden Boy] go and change the judge to some guy from Oklahoma that I've never even heard of. Oklahoma as you know is right near Texas and that's far from neutral also."

The negotiations were far from easy. Malignaggi had to bend on a lot of things to get the fight done. He budged on the money, the location, the venue, the agreed upon catch-weight and the size of the ring. In the end, his hands were tied on the matter. He needed the fight, a recognizable opponent and more importantly - he needed to get back on HBO.

"We gave a lot but now it's gotten to the point where they won't let people find out who is better, Juan Diaz or Paulie Malignaggi. Why give all of the advantages to one fighter? Because I'm ready to go and I'm ready to show that I'm a better fight than Juan Diaz. I don't think they feel so confident on the other side. This is why people don't wathc boxing, at least in this country - because of situations like this. Most people will keep their mouth shut and get f*cked. I'm not going to keep my mouth shut and get f*cked. I'm going to blow up their spot," Malignaggi said.

"We had to fight him at home for no extra money than what they offered us. We had to agree to weight which is a f*cking joke. We had no choice. I said fine, I took the fight because I wanted to show people that I'm a better fighter than what they saw from the last year's performances. Then they started adding more sh*t like an eighteen-foot ring and judges who aren't neutral. They said it's going to be an eighteen-foot ring or they won't fight. I think I owe it to HBO for giving me the opportunity. I just wanted it to be known. This is not how you do business. It's unethical, immoral and dishonest."

Tags:
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by IIG on 08-20-2009

I'm a big Diaz fan, but Paulie has some valid points here (and he's in my top 15 as well)... I can see how this can really weigh on him, since we know Paulie has to go hard the full…

Comment by nycbgdogg on 08-20-2009

What a whiner, he's starting to sound like Cotto.

Comment by schizzleE on 08-20-2009

Money, hometown? He had no choice, this is his last network fight if he he looks bad---- he has no leverage, why complain--he's getting his half mil...fired his last two trainers, got a pizza slice guy as advsior---once a likable…

Comment by diamonddale on 08-19-2009

Malignaggi is going to take an epic beating this weekend.

Comment by jmc617 on 08-19-2009

[QUOTE=johnle43;5917731]if paulie hits and holds he'll win a decision. if he tries to get on his bike and outbox diaz he's getting TKO'd. but why all the crying? does he really have that little faith in his ability to clearly…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (69)
Top Headlines Juan Hernandez is Pumped as WBC World Title Fight Nears Video: McGuigan, Coldwell Talk David Haye vs. Tony Bellew Video: Martin Murray Ready For a War With Gabe Rosado Canelo: Nacho Can't Change Chavez, I've Fought Smarter Fighters Luis Arias Back on April 1 at the Aldrich Arena in Maplewood Adonis Stevenson vs. Eleider Alvarez - Purse Bid Set For March 24 Haye Vows To Bellew: I'm Going To Smash Your F***ing Head In! Manny Pacquiao vs. Amir Khan is NOT Official, Says Bob Arum Photos: David Haye vs. Tony Bellew Final Press Conference Video: David Haye Rips Tony Bellew's "Retard" Fans at Presser Video: Haye, Bellew in Tense Face-Off at Final Press Conference De La Hoya: Amir Khan Has a "Great Chance" To Shock Pacquiao! 30 Day Weights: Jorge Linares 144.8, Anthony Crolla 144 Mario Barrios, Lipinets Ready For Action on Thurman vs. Garcia Photos: Martin Murray vs. Gabe Rosado - Presser To Announce Bout Chavez Jr: This Fight Will Show Canelo To Stay in His Weight Class British Board Tackling Issue of Foreign Fighters Falsifying Records Mikaela Lauren vs. Ewa Piatkowska For WBC Title on April 22 Deontay Wilder's Surgically Repaired Right Hand Feels 'Wonderful' Bellew: Haye Sh*t Himself With Klitschko, His Best Win is Mormeck! Virgil Hunter: Khan-Pacquiao is 50-50; Manny Can Still Fight Luke Campbell: I Want Mendy Rematch, Want To Make Him Suffer David Allen May Return On Haye-Bellew; Yafai Will Box In Germany Shakhnazaryan vs. Rivera, Sargsyan vs. Pavko, 3/17 in Moscow Dmitry Bivol Eyes American Return, Nathan Cleverly's WBA Title Anthony Joshua on Rumors He Was Knocked Out in Sparring Ward vs. Kovalev Rematch Talks Finally Underway - For June 17? "Fighting Words" - Wilder’s Equalizer Makes Up For His Minuses Pacquiao vs. Khan Will Happen in UAE, Says Michael Koncz Deontay Wilder Fears His Power Might Kill Someone in The Ring Joseph Parker vs. Hughie Fury To Land on May 6th Carlos Adames Stops Jean Carlos Prada in Two Rounds Photos: Krzysztof Zimnoch Gets Revenge, Stops Mike Mollo Deontay Wilder vs. Bermane Stiverne Rematch Ordered By WBC Junior Fa is Pumped After U.S. Debut on Wilder-Washington Video: Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. - Face To Face at HBO Promo Taping Haye Being Investigated By British Board Over Threats To Bellew Video: Deontay Wilder, Dominic Breazeale Scuffle in Hotel Lobby Eleider Alvarez: I Hope to Get Adonis Stevenson on April 29 Deontay Wilder-Gerald Washington - CompuBox Punch Stats
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement