Advertisement
Advertisement

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 Broner Describes Troubles Making Weight For Theophane Fight Canelo To Golovkin: Earn Your Shot, Work Your Way Up! Joshua: “Showtime is three or four years ahead of the game” Hopkins: No Excuses, Golovkin Should Fight Kovalev! Joshua To Breazeale: Back Up Talk, Don't Be Like Other Americans Adrien Broner Voting for Trump: He’ll Lower My Taxes Hughie Fury Set To Return on Fury-Klitschko Rematch Bill, July 9 Video: Anthony Joshua Pumped For Breazeale Title Defense Video: Breazeale Confident Anthony Joshua is Going To Sleep Video: Joshua, Breazeale Go Face To Face and Trade Words Video: Joshua, Breazeale, SHO Press Conference Highlights Khan: I Won't Run For 12, I Will Stand and Trade With Canelo TMT Adds Gavril, Rakhmanov To ShoBox Card on May 13th Photos: Anthony Johsua, Dominic Breazeale Tense Face To Face Amir Khan: I Think It's Great To Be The Underdog Barroso's Adviser: If Crolla Tries To Trade, He Will Get KO'd Quickly Showtime Inks Anthony Joshua To Multi-Fight Deal Anthony Joshua's Promoter Plots Out Next Fights After Breazeale Butler vs. Kokeitgym Title Eliminator Set for June 4 Canelo Doubts Khan Will Switch Style, Create a Boring Fight Gassiev's Promoter Rates Povetkin's Chances WIth Wilder Crolla: There Are Questions, I'll Find Out How Good Barroso Is Nathan Cleverly To Feature On Burns-Di Rocco Bill Mike Mollo Faces Rudenko in Odessa; SES 6/4 Card Shapes Up Lucas Matthysse Could Return To The Ring in The Fall Video: De La Hoya Talks Mayweather, Canelo, Khan, More De La Hoya: In Mayweather Rematch, it's 70-30 in Canelo's Favor! Mikhaylenko, Chuprakov Back in Action in Ekaterinburg Khan Prepared To Make Things Ugly To Prevail: A Win is a Win Video: De La Hoya Pumped During Canelo-Khan Fight Week Khan: I Took The Tougher Fight, Mayweather Easier Than Canelo! Vlasov Dominates Bykhovtsev, Sillakh Clash Up Next on June 2 Video: Canelo Discusses Khan in Two-Part Media Interview Video: Amir Khan Two-Part Media Interview on Canelo Canelo: Lara, Mayweather Fights Helped Me Get Ready For Khan Photos: Canelo, Khan Grand Arrival Frenzy at MGM Grand Video: Canelo, Khan Grand Arrivals at MGM Grand, Las Vegas De La Hoya: Canelo-Khan Easily Beats Pac-Bradley 3 PPV Numbers Wilder vs. Povetkin Undercard Coming Together: Bivol, Ochigava Roach: I Want Tapia To Be Smart, Box Lemieux All Fight
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement