Paulie Malignaggi: I'm Very Close To a World Title Fight

By Chris LaBate

Former junior welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (29-4, 6 KO's) is training for his upcoming fight with 2000 Mexican Olympian Orlando Lora (28-1-1, 19 KO's), scheduled for October 15 at Staples Center in Los Angles, California. The fight will open up the HBO pay-per-view for Bernard Hopkins' defense of the WBC light heavyweight title against Chad Dawson.

Malignaggi, now a rated welterweight contender, believes he is very close to a world title opportunity. First he must get past Lora, an unrelenting puncher who keeps the pressure on from the opening bell, but also someone who Malignaggi views as being inexperienced with facing A-level competition.

Being at welterweight, Malignaggi doesn't expierence the harsh struggles of making weight, which he believes affected some of his performances at 140-pounds.

"I'm looking to win the fight and get a bigger fight next yr. I'm always craving the next big fight. I look forward to the 15th. I always try to get myself sharp and get the opponent to worry about me and not worry about the opponent. Thats the plan. Between my ability to win fights and the strong team behind me, I think I'm very close to a world title fight. I'm knocking on the door for something," Malignaggi said.

"At welterweight I have more spring in my legs. I definitely feel stronger and the energy level I can maintain is great because I don’t have to waste it on making weight. At welterweight I can focus on my opponent and the game plan. Most of it though is the energy level that I can maintain. Not taking anything away from Lora but I have seen more in my career than him. I have been dominating at this high level. Golden Boy Promotions keeps lining them up and I keep knocking them down. I will get my world title fight."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by thedarkness on 10-01-2011

paulie malignaggi can't even knockout a minimumweight fighter bwahahhaha paulie has a better chance knocking out the casts of jersey shore, and even that is a hard task with his pillow fist.

Comment by Rome-By-Ko on 09-30-2011

Oh Dear God....

Comment by Kuyukut on 09-30-2011

is malignaggi on floyd's target list? :blow:

Comment by RoidRage on 09-30-2011

Malignaggi's move to 147 can go 2 ways ,either he can be better because he's stronger and more hydrated for not having to kill himself to make 140 OR he can be worse because he has no power in his…

Comment by Ringlife on 09-30-2011

No your not Paulie you need to go down to 140.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (29)
Top Headlines Marquez: If Canelo Trades With Golovkin - He's Committing Suicide! Lucas Browne Finds Himself in Limbo After Klitschko's Injury Andre Ward Aims To Set The Record Straight With Sergey Kovalev Video: Joe Smith Jr. Very Pumped To Face Bernard Hopkins Haye Explains Why Anthony Joshua-Eric Molina is Next - Not Price Marrero vs. Zambrano Talks Progress As Purse Bid Looms Klitschko's Manager Says Unfinished Contract Led To 2017 Jump Video: Oscar De La Hoya on Schaefer's Return, Hopkins, More Photos: Bernard Hopkins, Joe Smith Jr. - Face To Face at Presser Anthony Mundine, Danny Green Rematch Set For February 3 Video: Bernard Hopkins, Joe Smith - Go Face To Face Video: Bernard Hopkins Breaks Down Joe Smith Showdown Arum on Parker vs. Ruiz Possibly Heading To The United States Joshua-Klitschko Eyed For March, April at Principality Stadium Vanes Martirosyan: I’m Not Happy With Al Haymon, My Promoter Josh Hernandez Inks Promotional With Warriors Boxing Hearn Looks Ahead For Joshua, Hoping For Klitschko in 2017 Manny Pacquiao Noncommittal on Fighting Beyond November 5 Monaghan vs. Boesel, Abraham vs. Krasniqi WBO Eliminators Wladimir Klitschko Out Of December 10 Fight With Injury Andre Ward: My Skills Never Left, I'm Feeling Better Than Ever LaRon Mitchell Drops, Decisions Scott Alexander in Ontario Photos: Marco Huck, Dmytro Kucher Size Up at Hannover Presser Anthony Ogogo Suffered Broken Eye Socket in Cunningham Loss Kovalev Hopes To Become The P4P Best With Win Over Ward Donaire Spars Twelve Hard Rounds With Chocolatito's Cousin Joseph Parker's Coach: I Really Like Andy Ruiz's Style For Us Trainer: Smith's Pressure, Power Will Take Care of Bernard Hopkins Lemieux Targets Canelo Showdown - Catch-Weight is Ruled Out Daily Bread Mailbag: Golovkin-Jacobs, Kovalev-Ward, Aaron Pryor Long-Reigning Lefties - Pacquiao, Hagler, Martinez, Winky, More Browne Shreds Whyte: You're Euro Level, an Ugly Motherf***er Boxer Tries To Leave The Ring Mid-Count After Being Dropped Roach: Pacquiao Has Been Hurting Me, Expect a Different Manny! Former World Champion Seriously Injured, Attacked With a Sword "Fighting Words" - Breaking Down 2016's Fighter of the Year Race Golovkin's Coach: GGG Beats Kovalev, Ward and Stevenson David Lemieux: I'm Not 100% Satisfied With The Rios Win Klitschko Confirms Title Fight, Won't Confirm The Opponent Sergey Lipinets To Face Lenny Z on Charlo vs. Williams PBC Card

Latest Active Forum Threads