By Rick Reeno
BoxingScene.com was advised that a rematch between former champions Paulie Malignaggi and Juan Diaz is back on track. Golden Boy Promotions and Lou DiBella want to place the fight on the HBO date of December 12. The fight appeared to be dead when HBO offered $750,000 for the entire doubleheader that was planned for the December date. The network has since come back and offered $750K for the main event.
Another sticking point was the co-promotion of the event. When reached for verification early this morning, Malignaggi's promoter DiBella confirmed that deal has been reached with Golden Boy CEO Richard Shaefer to co-promote the card. Nothing is done until the fighters actually sign the contracts.
Diaz won a controversial twelve round decision over Malignaggi in August. The first fight took place in Diaz's hometown of Houston, Texas. The rematch won't take place in Texas and it won't take place in New York. Atlantic City is very high on the list. As previously reported, Golden Boy had planned to showcase Victor Ortiz and Robert Guerrero on that date in a doubleheader. Ortiz will probably still appear on the show in the co-feature slot. As for Guerrero, he will get shipped to another HBO date.