Malignaggi Targets Barclays Opener After Big Title Win

By Ryan Burton
Former junior welterweight champion Paulie "The Magic Man" Malignaggi appeared on the latest edition of The Boxing Lab,'s official audio show.  Malignaggi faces WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko on April 29th at the Donbass Arena in Senchenko's native Ukraine.
The Brooklyn-born fighter said that at this point in his career he takes his future one fight at a time.  He didn't want to call the Senchenko fight a crossroads fight but revealed that he would love to fight at The Barclays Center on its inaugural fight card which is slated to take place in October.  The Barclays Center is located in Brooklyn and will be the home of the NBA's New Jersey Nets and will also host monthly boxing events. Malignaggi's promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, has a deal in place to promote the monthy shows.
"I am trying to not think about it too much as far as if its a crossroads fight or what happens if I win or lose. I do know that I want to fight at Barclays when it opens up," Malignaggi told The Boxing Lab.
Malignaggi is no stranger to the big stage.  He has faced the likes of Miguel Cotto and Amir Khan in New York and Ricky Hatton in Las Vegas. While his fight against Senchenko may not be headline grabber in the United States, Malignaggi points out that it is a huge fight in the Ukraine and at this point in his career the big fights are what he craves.
"I just want a big fight. I don't have anybody in mind in particular. I want a big fight in Brooklyn at The Barclays. The Senchenko fight will be a big event in the Ukraine. The fight will be inside of a full soccer stadium.  I know the Barclay Center opens in October and Golden Boy has the date and I want to be part of that," Malignaggi revealed.
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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MASTER1454 on 04-06-2012

Paulie's doing an Amir Khan & will pay for it. Dudes with no punching power need to shut their pie hole because the judges will ream him a new one if Senchenko doesn't.

Comment by ny123 on 04-06-2012

[QUOTE=hougigo;11976460]not bad.... Win or lose for Paulie, they should do that. Also zab should take it if he can't fight the winner of peterson/khan[/QUOTE] They should get Luis Collazo too....I have no interest at all in a Khan Judah rematch…

Comment by Ray* on 04-06-2012

Khan would probably fight Paulie at 147 in a rematch for the belt if Paulie pulls this off.

Comment by Hougigo on 04-06-2012

[QUOTE=ny123;11976346]Zab vs Paulie would be a good fight to open up the Barclays in bk.[/QUOTE] not bad.... Win or lose for Paulie, they should do that. Also zab should take it if he can't fight the winner of peterson/khan

Comment by Hayehammer on 04-06-2012

[QUOTE=jsfd26;11976393]Ive watched Senchenko and he throws hard punches but no big combinations. He throws 2 punch combos most of the time and he's slower than Paulie. I picked Paulie to win but still afraid of a robbery. If Paulie wins…

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