Former IBF junior welterweight and NABO light welterweight titlist “The Magic Man” Paulie Malignaggi Friday met with his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, to discuss his upcoming bout against WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko on a date and venue to be determined.
De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs), who defeated 17 world champions and captured 10 crowns in six different weight classes, is the founder of Golden Boy Promotions.
De La Hoya told Malignaggi (30-4, 6 KOs) that he will press for his prizefight against Senchenko (32-0, 21 KOs) to occur somewhere within the United States.
However, if “The Golden Boy” doesn’t win the bid, he promised Malignaggi that he will be handsomely compensated for venturing outside the country.
“I think that fight would take place within ninety days of the purse bid,” Malignaggi, 31, told NyFightBlog.com. “Yeah, if Golden Boy wins the bid, the fight would take place in the United States, no doubt. Mr. Senchenko would have to come out of hiding.”
Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training. Perron is not exactly a fan of De La Hoya as a promoter or pugilist.
“De La Hoya, what a joke,” said Perron, 75, who worked with International Boxing Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler at the Petronelli Brothers Gym. “He has $300 million in the bank and all he does is whine. That says a lot about the man.”
As indicated by his paltry knockout percentage, Malignaggi has notoriously feathery fists.
Nevertheless, the popular Italian-American from Brooklyn is not “a joke” inside the squared circle.
Malignaggi is a defensive wizard who possesses exceptional hand-speed and quick reflexes.
“The Magic Man” absorbed violent punishment and horrific abuse in his four defeats, particularly to Amir “King” Khan, Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton and Miguel Cotto.
Still, Malignaggi always walked to the ring confident and prepared to battle.
Conversely, Senchenko is a fraudulent champion who has fought a host of untalented pushovers.
Whenever, they ultimately throw fists, Paulie Malignaggi will make Vyacheslav Senchenko “come out of hiding” and leave with the first blemish on his professional resume.
* I truly appreciate you taking the time to read my article. If you enjoyed this piece, please click the “subscribe” button at the top of this page and my articles will be sent directly to your email. Much thanks again….Your readership means a lot to me! ~ Colin