Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Team Alexander: Paulie Malignaggi Fight is a Natural Fit

By Chris Robinson

One of the most colorful characters in the sport of boxing had a memorable Saturday as Paulie Malignaggi claimed the WBA welterweight championship after scoring a 9th round TKO over Vyacheslav Senchenko in his opponent’s hometown of Donetsk, Ukraine.

Malignaggi was sharp from the outset and busted up Senchenko’s left eye so severely that referee Steve Smoger opted to halt the bout after nine rounds of action. Now a champion again in a second division, Malignaggi will surely be in line for some lucrative fights later in the year and the 31-year old certainly had some notable figures watching his latest showcase.

“I watched the fight and I thought Paulie looked great,” claimed Kevin Cunningham, trainer to former champion and welterweight contender Devon Alexander. “After the first three rounds I felt that if Paulie’s conditioning held up, he could dominate the guy. That’s exactly what he did.”

Cunningham has been eyeing Malignaggi as a potential foe ever since the Italian-born, Brooklyn-bred fighter dissed Alexander for the fashion in which his January 2011 bout with Timothy Bradley ended. In that fight, Alexander suffered a nasty cut above his right eye from an accidental head-butt and opted not to continue on with the action in the tenth round due to the severity of the gash.

Alexander and Cunningham would end up firing back shots of their own at Malignaggi and a little bit of a feud began to brew between the two sides but has since dissipated. And despite reaching out to several media outlets to express his interest in a Malignaggi-Alexander fight on August 18th, Cunningham has since taken a different approach.

“To be honest with you, I don’t even know,” stated Cunningham. “Paulie just had a great win and I was a happy for him. I don’t want to even talk like Devon and Paulie, like that fight is getting ready to happen. There are several people that Paulie could fight. There are several people who Devon could fight. If the fight’s available, we’d love to make the fight.

“There’s a lot history between Devon and Paulie,” Cunningham continued. “A lot of history and a lot of bad blood and it seems like a natural fit, but if it doesn’t happen, there’s lots of fights for both of those guys to fight. We just have to wait and see.”

Cunningham has reason to be confident in his fighter, as Alexander, the former IBF and WBC champion at 140 pounds, successfully made the transition to the welterweight ranks in February with a thorough schooling of Argentinean terror Marcos Maidana, one of the fiercest punchers in the sport.

Whoever Alexander faces, be it Malignaggi or anyone else, Cunningham likes his chances.

“I’m confident that we can beat anybody in the welterweight division,” Cunningham claimed. “I’m always confident. Because I knew he wasn’t himself at 140. He fought one of the most dangerous fighters in all of boxing in his first fight at 147 and dominated him. He handled Maidana like nobody’s ever handled him. It was a big win, he dominated a great fighter, and it’s onward and upward.”

Exclusive Camp Coverage from photojournalist Chris Robinson - Click the links for exclusive photos
Inside Camp Bradley - Bradley razor-sharp in sparring - The champion is coming into his own and on-point in sparring / An all-access look at Camp Bradley - Inside Bradley's training as he prepares for Manny Pacquiao
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by kadyo's on 05-01-2012

[QUOTE=bojangles1987;12064621]Over under ten seconds before Paulie's punches open a cut above Alexander's right eye? Nah, that's too easy. Over under the ref's instructions before Paulie opens a cut above Alexander's right eye?[/QUOTE]Nah, this fight would be over under ten seconds…

Comment by kadyo's on 05-01-2012

Devon better back out of this fight pronto, Paulie's too powerful for him it'd be a lot better for devon to fight a prime mike tyson.

Comment by bojangles1987 on 05-01-2012

Over under ten seconds before Paulie's punches open a cut above Alexander's right eye? Nah, that's too easy. Over under the ref's instructions before Paulie opens a cut above Alexander's right eye?

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 05-01-2012

[QUOTE=hitking;12064582]I'd much rather see Alexander target the Ortiz-Berto II winner.[/QUOTE] ...And get demolished. Yes.

Comment by hitking on 05-01-2012

I'd much rather see Alexander target the Ortiz-Berto II winner.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (27)
Top Headlines Photos: Vasyl Lomachenko Grinding Hard For Marriaga Defense Photos: Victor Ortiz in Beast Mode For Ring Return Top Rank Exec: ESPN to Televise Beterbiev-Koelling Nonito Donaire Inks Promotional With Ringstar Sports Mayweather-McGregor Tickets: Latest Facts, Trends, Information Artur Beterbiev vs. Enrico Koelling Purse Bid Won By Top Rank Victor Ortiz vs. Saul Corral - Undercard Information Broner: My Back is Against The Wall, Everyone Counting Me Out Dillian Whyte vs. Michael Grant Set For August 19, Says Hearn Showtime To Have Three Boxing Presentations on Saturday Saunders: No American Bum Beats Me, P*ssy Golovkin is Next! Mayweather-McGregor - U.S. Cinema Information, Tickets Garcia's Coach: Perfect Timing For Lomachenko Bout By Year End Hearn Confident Joshua-Klitschko Rematch Will Be 11/11 in Vegas Mikael Lawal Inks Promotional Pact With Team Sauerland Shields: Jermall Charlo Will 'Give a Lot of Middleweights Hell' Robert Garcia: Adrien Broner is Very Strong, Very Tough Garcia: I'm Favored Because Broner Is Inconsistent, Not Skills Tony Bellew, David Haye in Talks For December Rematch Monroe Vows To Shock Saunders For Underdogs Everywhere Paul Butler Vows To Get Much "Clearer" Win Over Stuart Hall Vijender Singh vs. Zulpikar Maimaitiali Undercard Information Farhood: If McGregor Goes 12, The Press Will Hammer Mayweather Virgil Hunter: Mayweather Stops McGregor or it Gets Stopped Barring a Win, Broner's Legacy To Be Full of Wasted Promise Viktor Polyakov Shocks Giovanni De Carolis For WBA Regional Mikey Garcia: I Would Consider Crawford-Indongo Winner Next Roberto Duran on What Canelo Must Do To Beat Golovkin Jon Jones: I Admire McGregor, But I Back Mayweather To Win Emmanuel Rodriguez, Alfredo Santiago Get Foes For Fajardo Kovalev Files Protest With NSAC To Make Ward Loss a No-Contest Mayweather Parts With Prized Vehicle, His Koenigsegg Being Sold Mikey Garcia Makes Surprising Pick for His Toughest Opponent Frampton Felt Like Failure, Had Dark Days After Santa Cruz Loss Canelo-Golovkin 24/7 To Debut on August 26, on HBO Tim Tszyu Puts Away Chris Khan in Two Rounds Ismail Muwendo, Seniesa Estrada Pick Up Wins in Anaheim Verdejo To Stay Busy While Flanagan Situation is Sorted Out Tyson: McGregor's Gonna Get Killed; Dumb to Accept Boxing Rules! Gennady Golovkin Links With Chivas Regal For Chivas Fight Club
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement