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Branco Has Leonard Bundu as Mandatory, Malignaggi Out

By Per Ake Persson

EBU welterweight champion Gianluca Branco (49-3-1) now has Olympian Leonard Bundu (32-1-2) as the official challenger in what will be an all Italian battle between two 40+ veterans but first Branco will make a voluntary defense of the title on September against an opponent to be announced.

Branco previously had none other than former two-division champion Paulie Malignaggi as the mandatory challenger, but after Malignaggi was stopped in nine rounds by Danny Garcia this past Saturday night in Brooklyn - he is out of the picture. Malignaggi hinted after that recent loss that he was planning to retire from boxing.

Bundu recovered from last December's twelve round decision loss to WBA 'regular' welterweight champion Keith Thurman, with a June eight round decision victory over Pablo Munguia.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by jwalkr on 08-07-2015

[QUOTE=St. Johns Gent;15944986]I guess paulie will stop entertaining the thought of fighting his last fight in Europe, being the mandatory i think he was still entertaining fighting one last time, its best Paulie retires had a great career, now on…

Comment by St. Johns Gent on 08-06-2015

I guess paulie will stop entertaining the thought of fighting his last fight in Europe, being the mandatory i think he was still entertaining fighting one last time, its best Paulie retires had a great career, now on to become…

Comment by BrometheusBob. on 08-06-2015

Malignaggi never made sense for that anyway. EBU was stretching by giving him the mando in the first place.

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