By Rick Reeno
Former 140-pound champion Paulie Malignaggi (28-4, 6KOs) reached out to BoxingScene.com to send a message to the current IBF welterweight champion, Jan Zaveck (31-1, 18KOs) of Slovenia. Zaveck returned to the ring last Friday and retained his title with five round domination of Paul Delgado, who Malignaggi beat twice eight years ago.
Malignaggi made his move to the welterweight division in December with a six round TKO over Michael Lozada. Following the win over Delgado, Zaveck expressed his desire to travel to the United States for potential fights with the bigger welterweight names.
"I hope he doesn't think that a win over Paul Delgado, who I beat seven years ago, is going to get him fights in the United States with people like Pacquiao and Mayweather. He's nowhere near their level or a fight of that magnitude. He needs to come to America to prove that he deserves Mayweather and Pacquiao. It's time to step up and I'm putting the challenge out there. I'm a full fledged welterweight. Maybe he might think that he has a shot at me because I'm not a big welterweight and I don't have a lot of knockouts on my record, but I am a name in the United States," Malignaggi said.
"He has a lot of options, but I think that at the end of the day - I'm the guy that he should be looking for. I'm the guy who's putting it out there that he should fight a real fighter. I'll put it out there 'you have a world title, fight your first world class opponent of your career. At 34-years-old, and three title defenses, you found a way to never fight a world class fighter in your whole career.' It's about time. He managed to go get a world title on paper. It's pretty much a paper title anyway, but I want it. And taking on a Paulie Malignaggi, it will certainly be the best fighter that he's ever faced in his whole career."