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Paul "Paulie" Malignaggi (/ˈpɔːli mɑːlᵻˈnɑːʒi/; mali-NAH-zhi; born November 23, 1980) is an American boxing commentator and former professional boxer who competed from 2001 to 2017. He is a two-weight world champion, having held the IBF junior welterweight title from 2007 to 2008, and the WBA welterweight title from 2012 to 2013. Malignaggi was particularly known for his fast hand speed, athleticism, and durable chin.Contents
Malignaggi was born in Brooklyn to Sicilian immigrant parents. He spent most of his early days in Syracuse, Sicily. Six years later, after Paulie's brother Umberto was born, the family decided to settle back in Brooklyn, but Paulie's father stayed for only a few weeks before returning to Italy. Paulie's mother remarried and the two brothers didn't get along with their new stepfather. In 1996 the pair got into a fight with their stepfather and not long after, they were kicked out of the house. Paulie then lived with his grandparents until he got his own home years later. Paulie got into trouble often at school, and was regularly in street fights, taking knives and even a gun some days. He was eventually expelled from high school for getting into fights and ditching classes. His grandfather took him to work each day until Paulie pleaded that he be allowed to take up boxing. He was eventually given the chance, and never looked back.Professional career Light welterweight Malignaggi vs. Cotto
Upon turning pro in 2001, Malignaggi won his first 21 fights before suffering his first loss in a grueling battle with multiple-division champion Miguel Cotto in June 2006.Malignaggi vs. Cherry
Malignaggi got back on track with a unanimous decision victory over Edner Cherry at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, February 17, 2007.Malignaggi vs. N'dou
On June 16, 2007, Malignaggi defeated Lovemore N'dou via a 12 unanimous decision to win the IBF Light Welterweight Championship at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. The bout was one sided with one judge awarding the bout a 120–106. Lennox Lewis, who was commentating at ringside for HBO, described Malignaggi's performance as a "boxing clinic." After this win and the victory over Edner Cherry earlier in the year, Malignaggi was awarded the Ring Magazine comeback of the year award at the end of 2007.Malignaggi vs. Ngoudjo
On January 5, 2008, Malignaggi defended his title against Herman Ngoudjo in a highly competitive match held at Bally's Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Malignaggi controlled the fight with his jab until he was stunned in the 7th round, but Ngoudjo failed to finish the job. After the seventh, Ngoudjo became ineffective with his aggression and came up short and lost a wide unanimous decision, which although fair, did not reflect the competitiveness of the fight.Malignaggi vs. N'dou II
On May 24, 2008, Malignaggi beat Lovemore N'Dou in a rematch by split decision to retain his IBF title at the City of Manchester Stadium in Manchester, England. Malignaggi was in control for the first half of the fight, boxing behind his faster and crisper jab. Prior to the fight, Malignaggi was sporting hair extensions which proved to be a problem throughout the fight until his trainer Buddy McGirt cut them off in his corner between rounds eight and nine. Malignaggi appeared sloppy in the second half of the fight as N'Dou came back to make the fight close. In the end, Malignaggi pulled out a close victory and also suffered a fractured right hand in the fight. Malignaggi vacated his title on September 19, 2008.Malignaggi vs. Hatton Main article: Ricky Hatton vs. Paulie Malignaggi
On November 22, 2008 in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Malignaggi fought The Ring and IBO Light Welterweight Champion Ricky Hatton. It was billed as the boxer against the brawler. Hatton dominated and won every round but the first. Hatton rocked Malignaggi in the second and several other times during the fight, leaving Paulie to hold on, doing exactly what Malignaggi had publicly criticized Hatton for doing, while promoting the fight. With Malignaggi way behind on points, his trainer Buddy McGirt threw in the towel during the 11th round.Malignaggi vs. Díaz
On August 22, 2009 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Malignaggi fought former lightweight titlist Juan Díaz for the vacant WBO NABO Light Welterweight title at a catch-weight of 138½ pounds. Unofficial HBO scorer Harold Lederman scored the fight 115–113 for Malignaggi, but none of the three judges saw the fight this way. Gale Van Hoy had it by an 118–110, Raul Caiz had it 115–113 and the other Judge, Dave Sutherland scored it 116–112, all in favor of Juan Díaz. In the post fight interview of the Juan Díaz fight (interviewed by Max Kellerman, HBO boxing analyst), Paulie was furious, stating that "boxing is full of shit." He also stated that the only reason he is continuing to fight is because of the good pay day.
A rematch with Juan Díaz occurred on December 12, 2009 in Chicago on HBO. This rematch went in Malignaggi's favor when he defeated Juan Díaz by unanimous decision. All three judges scored the fight 116–111 in favor of Malignaggi. In the fight, Malignaggi threw more punches but only landed 21% of them while Diaz landed 28% of his, but threw fewer.Malignaggi vs. Khan Khan (left) and Malignaggi at a press conference on March 17, 2010.
Malignaggi's next fight was against Amir Khan in Madison Square Garden in New York on May 15, 2010. The press conference took place in London on March 12 while another press conference was held in New York City, United States on March 16. Malignaggi was stopped in the eleventh round by the referee. As the fight progressed, Malignaggi began to fall behind on points and the result began to get comfortable for Khan. He was very overmatched throughout the fight. This would be his last fight at Jr. welterweight, he had a very difficult time making weight for this fight and it showed in his performance. On September 28, 2010 it was announced that Malignaggi signed with Golden Boy Promotions.Welterweight Malignaggi vs. Senchenko
On April 29, 2012 Malignaggi fought WBA Welterweight Champion Viacheslav Senchenko in Donetsk, Ukraine. Malignaggi won by ninth-round technical knockout to take the title.Malignaggi vs. Cano
Malignaggi then went on to defeat Pablo César Cano via split decision on October 20, 2012, on the undercard of Erik Morales and Danny Garcia rematch.Malignaggi vs. Broner Main article: Paulie Malignaggi vs. Adrien Broner
Malignaggi then went on to fight Adrien Broner on June 22, 2013. Malignaggi lost a split decision, with one judge scoring the fight 115-113 for Malignaggi, and the other two scoring 117-111 and 115-113 for Broner.Malignaggi vs. Judah
Malignaggi then faced five-time champion and fellow Brooklyn native Zab Judah at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on December 7, 2013. In the second round, after Judah connected with a hard left hand, Malignaggi went down but argued that it was a slip. Malignaggi got up and went to dominate the remainder of the fight en route to a unanimous decision victory.Malignaggi vs. Porter
Entering the fight as a 2-to-1 underdog, Malignaggi faced Shawn Porter at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. on April 19, 2014. Malignaggi was cut in the first round by a Porter double-jab, and was knocked down early in the fourth round before being defeated by TKO at 1:14 in the same round.Malignaggi vs. Garcia
Malignaggi took on Danny García at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, August 1, 2015. It was Malignaggi's first step up to fight at 147 lbs. Malignaggi was cut above his right eye by the third and had a large welt beneath the right eye by the sixth. At the time of the stoppage, at the 2:22 mark of the ninth round, Malignaggi was absorbing a succession of blows as referee Arthur Mercante Jr. stepped in and wrapped his arms around him, signaling the end. Garcia was awarded a technical knockout.Malignaggi vs. Fazekas
Following the loss to Garcia, Malignaggi wasted no time to return to the ring a month later, fighting in Italy for the first time in his career against little-known 25 year old Hungarian boxer Laszlo Fazekas. In front of a sold out crowd of 550, at the Teatro Principe in Milan, Malignaggi who won on points after 8 rounds. The three judges had it (79-72, 80-71, 80-71) for Malignaggi. Fazekas showed signs of dirty tactics and paid the price by being deducted a point in round 3 for hitting with inside of the glove.Malignaggi vs. Moscatiello
Malignaggi returned to the boxing ring again in December against Italian boxer Antonio Moscatiello (20-2-1, 14 KOs) on the undercard of Joshua-Whyte at the O2 Arena in a 12-round scheduled fight for the vacant EBU welterweight title. Malignaggi was supposed to fight 47-year-old Gianluca Branco, however that fell apart after Branco reportedly pulled out of the fight. The fight went the full 12 rounds as Malignaggi claimed a wide points victory on all three judges scored it 119-110, 119-110 and 120-109.Malignaggi vs. Bracero
According to ESPN, reports stated Malignaggi would be fighting 35-year-old Gabriel Bracero (24-2, 5 KOs) on the undercard of the Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton fight card on July 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Malignaggi defended his 'King of Brooklyn' belt and local bragging rights. Using rapid footwork and moving in and out, Malignaggi won the first eight rounds as Bracero stood in front of him not moving or chasing or changing strategy. The final judge’s scores were 96-94, 98-92 and 98-92. After the bout, Malignaggi returned to commentating at ringside.Malignaggi vs. Eggington
On January 25, 2017 it was announced that Malignaggi would travel to the UK to challenge 23 year old Sam Eggington (19-3, 11 KOs) for his WBC International welterweight title on the Haye-Bellew PPV undercard on March 4 at The O2 Arena. Referee Laughlin called it at 1 minute 50 seconds into round 8 with Eggington winning the fight by way of knockout. The came to an end when Eggington landed a body shot on Malignaggi causing him pain. This followed with a short right to the head. At the time of the stoppage, Malignaggi was ahead on two of the judges scorecards. Malignaggi said he would be retiring with this being his last fight.Retirement
On March 6, 2017 Malignaggi officially announced his retirement from boxing at the age of 36, calling an end to his 16-year professional career. Malignaggi wrote on social media, "Nineteen years ago today, I entered the ring for the first time as an amateur. That makes this as good a time as any to announce my retirement from competition." He finished his career with 44 professional fights, winning 36, with 7 inside the distance and 8 losses.Acting and other media
Malignaggi has featured in print clothing advertisements that have been published in magazines such as Esquire and Playboy. He also had a small role in the 2003 film Undefeated, and had a feature documentary on his life leading up his fight with Miguel Cotto, entitled Magic Man, which later aired on Showtime. Video game company Nintendo used Malignaggi to portray their character Little Mac in the live-action trailer for the 2009 game Punch-Out!! for the Wii. Also in 2009, he was a featured fighter in EA Sports' Fight Night Round 4. Malignaggi is currently an award-winning boxing commentator for Showtime, Fox Sports 1, and British network Sky Sports. In 2015, Malignaggi featured in the Blue Bloods episode "Home Sweet Home".Professional boxing record Professional record summary 44 fights 36 wins 8 losses By knockout 7 5 By decision 29 3 No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes 44 Loss 36–8 Sam Eggington KO 8 (12), 1:50 Mar 4, 2017 The O2 Arena, London, England For WBC International welterweight title 43 Win 36–7 Gabriel Bracero UD 10 Jul 30, 2016 Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. 42 Win 35–7 Antonio Moscatiello UD 12 Dec 12, 2015 The O2 Arena, London, England Won vacant European Union welterweight title 41 Win 34–7 Laszlo Fazekas UD 8 Sep 26, 2015 Teatro Principe, Milan, Italy 40 Loss 33–7 Danny García TKO 9 (12), 2:22 Aug 1, 2015 Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. 39 Loss 33–6 Shawn Porter TKO 4 (12), 1:14 Apr 19, 2014 D.C. Armory, Washington, D.C. For IBF welterweight title 38 Win 33–5 Zab Judah UD 12 Dec 7, 2013 Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. Won vacant NABF welterweight title 37 Loss 32–5 Adrien Broner SD 12 Jun 22, 2013 Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. Lost WBA welterweight title 36 Win 32–4 Pablo César Cano SD 12 Oct 20, 2012 Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained WBA welterweight title 35 Win 31–4 Vyacheslav Senchenko TKO 9 (12), 1:10 Apr 29, 2012 Donbass Arena, Donetsk, Ukraine Won WBA welterweight title 34 Win 30–4 Orlando Lora UD 10 Oct 15, 2011 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. 33 Win 29–4 José Cotto UD 10 Apr 9, 2011 Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. 32 Win 28–4 Michael Lozada TKO 6 (10), 2:33 Dec 18, 2010 Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada 31 Loss 27–4 Amir Khan TKO 11 (12), 1:25 May 15, 2010 The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, U.S. For WBA light welterweight title 30 Win 27–3 Juan Díaz UD 12 Dec 12, 2009 UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Won WBO–NABO light welterweight title 29 Loss 26–3 Juan Díaz UD 12 Aug 22, 2009 Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, U.S. For vacant WBO–NABO light welterweight title 28 Win 26–2 Christopher Fernandez UD 8 Apr 25, 2009 Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S. 27 Loss 25–2 Ricky Hatton TKO 11 (12), 0:48 Nov 22, 2008 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For IBO, The Ring, and lineal light welterweight titles 26 Win 25–1 Lovemore N'dou SD 12 May 24, 2008 City Stadium, Manchester, England Retained IBF light welterweight title 25 Win 24–1 Herman Ngoudjo UD 12 Jan 5, 2008 Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained IBF light welterweight title 24 Win 23–1 Lovemore N'dou UD 12 Jun 16, 2007 Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S. Won IBF light welterweight title 23 Win 22–1 Edner Cherry UD 10 Feb 17, 2007 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City, New York, U.S. 22 Loss 21–1 Miguel Cotto UD 12 Jun 10, 2006 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. For WBO light welterweight title 21 Win 21–0 Donald Camarena UD 10 Feb 10, 2006 Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S. Won WBC Continental Americas light welterweight title 20 Win 20–0 Jeremy Yelton UD 8 Aug 25, 2005 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City, New York, U.S. 19 Win 19–0 Sandro Casamonica TD 7 (12), 3:00 Dec 4, 2004 Barton Coliseum, Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S. Won WBC International light welterweight title;