Paul Malignaggi

Paulie Malignaggi

Malignaggi in 2010
Real name Paul Malignaggi
Nickname(s) The Magic Man
Rated at Junior welterweight
Height 5 ft 8.5 in (1.74 m)[1]
Nationality United States American
Born November 23, 1980 (1980-11-23) (age 30)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 34
Wins 30
Wins by KO 6
Losses 4
Draws 0
No contests 0

Paul "Paulie" Malignaggi (born November 23, 1980) is an Italian-American professional boxer. He is the former IBF junior welterweight champion, and former WBO NABO light welterweight champion.


Boxing career

Light Welterweight

On June 16, 2007, Malignaggi defeated Lovemore N'dou via a 12 unanimous decision to win the IBF World Junior 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.

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.

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.[2] 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.[3] Malignaggi vacated his title on September 19, 2008.[1]

On November 22, 2008 in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Malignaggi fought the Ring Magazine and IBO Light Welterweight World Champion Ricky Hatton. It was billed as the boxer against the brawler, and it was Hatton who dominated and won every round bar the first. Hatton rocked Malignaggi in the 2nd and several other times during the fight, leaving Paulie to hold on, doing exactly what he publicly said Hatton does. With Malignaggi way behind on points, his trainer Buddy McGirt threw in the towel during the 11th round.

On August 22, 2009 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Malignaggi fought former lightweight titlist Juan Diaz 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 Diaz. In the post fight interview of the Juan Diaz 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.[4]

A rematch with Juan Diaz occurred on December 12, 2009 in Chicago on HBO. This rematch went in Malignaggi's favor, when he defeated Juan Diaz 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 less.

Khan (left) and Malignaggi at the 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, England 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.[5] On September 28, 2010 it was announced that Malignaggi signed with Golden Boy Promotions.[6]


Following his TKO win over Michael Lozada in December 2010, Malignaggi will make his 2011 debut against Jose Cotto, older brother of champion Miguel Cotto, on April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.[7]

Boxing style

Inside the ring, Malignaggi can best be described as a slickster. He adopts the "Hitman" stance popularized by Thomas Hearns, his left arm is kept beside his waist and he keeps his right hand at the chest level, leaving his head completely exposed. Consequently, he punches from his hips, something few boxers can pull off unless they have exceptional handspeed. Malignaggi moves around the ring well and counter-punches effectively against aggressive opponents. Compared to many other champions he lacks power but makes up for it for good handspeed and ring generalship.

Acting and other media

Malignaggi has done print clothing ads that have been featured in magazines such as Esquire magazine, Playboy magazine, and Frank 151 magazine. He also had a small role in the movie "Undefeated" featuring John Leguizamo, and had a feature documentary on his life leading into his fight with Miguel Cotto titled "Magic Man". Japanese video game company Nintendo used him as the model for their character Little Mac in the new sequel Punch-Out!! for the Wii, and also featured him in the commercials as well. Malignaggi is a featured fighter in EA Sports' Fight Night Round 4 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Professional boxing record

30 Wins (6 knockouts), 4 Losses, 0 Draws,0 No Contest
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 30-4 Mexico Orlando Lora UD 10 2011-10-15 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Win 29-4 Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Cotto UD 10 2011-04-09 United StatesMandalay Bay Resort and Casin, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 28–4 Mexico Michael Lozada TKO 6 (10), 2:33 2010-12-18 Canada Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec
Loss 27–4 England Amir Khan TKO 11 (12), 1:25 2010-05-15 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York WBA Light Welterweight title on the line.
Win 27–3 United States Juan Díaz UD 12 2009-12-12 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois Won WBO NABO Light Welterweight title.
Loss 26–3 United States Juan Díaz UD 12 2009-08-22 United States Toyota Center, Houston, Texas vacant WBO NABO Light Welterweight title on the line.
Win 26–2 United States Christopher Fernandez UD 8 2009-04-25 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Loss 25–2 England Ricky Hatton TKO 11 (12), 0:48 2008-11-22 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada The Ring & IBF Light Welterweight titles on the line.
Win 25–1 Australia Lovemore N'dou SD 12 2008-05-24 England City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom Retained IBF Light Welterweight title.
Win 24–1 Canada Herman Ngoudjo UD 12 2008-01-05 United States Ballys Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained IBF Light Welterweight title.
Win 23–1 Australia Lovemore N'dou UD 12 2007-06-16 United StatesMohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut Won IBF Light Welterweight title.
Win 22–1 The Bahamas Edner Cherry UD 10 2007-02-17 United StatesHammerstein Ballroom, New York, New York
Loss 21–1 Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto UD 12 2006-06-10 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York WBO Light Welterweight title on the line.
Win 21–0 United States Donald Camarena UD 10 2006-02-10 United StatesFoxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut Won WBC Continental Americas Light Welterweight titl.
Win 20–0 United States Jeremy Yelton UD 8 2005-08-25 United StatesHammerstein Ballroom, New York, New York
Win 19–0 Italy Sandro Casamonica TD 7 (12) 2004-12-04 United StatesBarton Coliseum, Little Rock, Arkansas Won WBC International Light Welterweight title.
Win 18–0 MexicoRamiro Cano UD 10 2004-06-17 United StatesHarrah's Laughlin, Laughlin, Nevada, United States
Win 17–0 MexicoRocky Martinez UD 10 2004-04-22 United StatesThe Grand Ballroom, New York, New York, United States
Win 16–0 United States Paul Delgado UD 8 2003-12-06 United StatesMadison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States
Win 15–0 United States Jesus Abel Santiago UD 8 2003-10-24 United StatesJimmy's Bronx Cafe, Bronx, New York, United States
Win 14–0 United States Kevin Watts TKO 6 (10) 2003-08-01 United StatesHampton Beach Casino, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, United States
Win 13–0 United States Shad Howard UD 6 2003-06-03 United StatesMohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 12–0 United States Paul Delgado SD 8 2002-11-23 United StatesBoardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 11–0 United States Chad Lawshe UD 6 2002-10-13 United StatesRegent Hotel, New York, New York, United States
Win 10–0 United States Anthony Simpkins TKO 2 (6) 2002-08-30 United StatesCipriani's Restaurant, New York, New York, United States
Win 9–0 United StatesJadschi Green UD 6 2002-07-26 United StatesMountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, Chester, West Virginia, United States
Win 8–0 United StatesAndre Baker UD 6 2002-05-30 United StatesDays Inn, Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 7–0 United StatesSterling Gethers UD 4 2002-04-12 United StatesFoxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States
Win 6–0 United StatesAntonio Young UD 6 2002-01-18 United StatesHuntington Hilton Hotel, Melville, New York, United States
Win 5–0 United StatesJose LaPorte UD 4 2001-12-07 United StatesFoxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States
Win 4–0 United StatesCornell Jackson UD 4 2001-11-23 United StatesRoseland Ballroom, New York, New York, United States
Win 3–0 United States Luis Melendez KO 3 (4) 2001-11-10 United StatesFernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 2–0 United States Robert Sowers TKO 4 (4) 2001-07-26 United StatesRoseland Ballroom, New York, New York, United States
Win 1–0 United States Thadeus Parker TKO 1 (4) 2001-07-07 United StatesKeySpan Park, Brooklyn, New York, United States Malignaggi's professional debut.


External links

Preceded by
Lovemore N'dou
IBF Junior Welterweight Champion
June 16, 2007 – September 19, 2008
Title next held by
Juan Urango

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