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Showtime Permanently Removes Malignaggi From Broadcasting Team Over IFL TV Comments

Paulie Malignaggi’s mouth was one of his greatest assets when he was a fighter and has helped him become one of boxing’s best broadcasters.

Comments Malignaggi made three months ago, however, have cost Malignaggi his job as an analyst for Showtime.

BoxingScene.com has learned that Malignaggi will not be part of Showtime’s broadcasting team moving forward due to comments Malignaggi made regarding racism and other issues during an interview with IFL TV that posted to its YouTube channel April 22 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkHhbvPLZkE&feature=youtu.be).

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Malignaggi, 39, had been an analyst for Showtime since September 2012, but his outspokenness has caused several issues during his seven-plus years with the network.

The decision to eliminate Malignaggi from Showtime’s broadcast team was made when Showtime wanted Malignaggi to apologize for what he said. Malignaggi did not think an actual apology was necessary.

Malignaggi declined comment when reached Thursday by BoxingScene.com. A Showtime spokesman also would not comment regarding Malignaggi’s situation.

BoxingScene.com has been informed, though, that the network will keep Malignaggi off its upcoming “Showtime Championship Boxing” and Showtime Pay-Per-View telecasts until the conclusion of his contract.

The Brooklyn native, a former junior welterweight and welterweight champion, remains an analyst for Sky Sports’ boxing coverage in the United Kingdom.

Showtime will return to the air Saturday night with its first boxing broadcast since March 13. Mauro Ranallo, Showtime’s blow-by-blow announcer, and longtime analyst Al Bernstein will work that telecast from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

The main event will match Angelo Leo (19-0, 9 KOs), of Albuquerque, New Mexico, against Tramaine Williams (19-0, 6 KOs, 1 NC), of New Haven, Connecticut, in a 12-round, 122-pound fight for the vacant WBO junior featherweight title. Williams replaced Philadelphia’s Stephen Fulton (18-0, 8 KOs) as Leo’s opponent Wednesday night, when it was revealed Fulton tested positive for COVID-19. 

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Boxing Goat on 08-05-2020

100% correct! Paulie was speaking the truth and people just can't take it. The HW champ has been white for almost 20 years and currently the best fighter in the world is white and 4 out of the top 10…

Comment by Boxing Goat on 08-05-2020

[QUOTE=skinny kenny;20681548]Paulie said ahmaud abery should have killed during a twitter argument. he said there is no such thing as racism. he let his true feelings be known throughout the covid shutdown[/QUOTE] He was shot just like he was about…

Comment by theface07 on 08-05-2020

[QUOTE=eco1;20689673]at the same time I could say your post is racist. Everyone is except me. I hate all races and everyone so I dont have to make any excuses, lol.[/QUOTE] Bahaha. You're right. People are generally selfish, lying dirt bags…

Comment by theface07 on 08-05-2020

[QUOTE=strykr619;20682166]Lots of truth in this... Too many metro pusses in this era now.[/QUOTE] Trump is the biggest phony ***** in America. Go worship your lazy, incompetent, lying, narcissist, spoiled brat, draft dodging loser president.

Comment by Lou Cipher on 08-04-2020

[QUOTE=paulf;20681521] "I don't know if Devin got the memo, but its no longer the time of the African American anymore in boxing. It's the Eastern European that has become the dominant species in boxing." Later suggested that Haney's promoter was…

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