Scheduled Opponent Mike Alvarado Pulls after Suffering Elbow Injury
Malignaggi is coming off a comeback win over Chris Fernandez
Atlantic City, N.J. (Friday, June 5, 2009) – With scheduled opponent Mike Alvarado (26-0, 18 KOs) forced to withdraw from their June 27th fight, Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (26-2, 5 KOs) is still hopeful that he will be able to find an opponent for the Top Rank pay-per-view card in Atlantic City. Alvarado suffered an elbow injury and removed himself from the televised undercard headlined by a junior featherweight title bout between champion Juan Manuel Lopez and Olivier Lontchi.
"I'm hoping that Top Rank will leave Paulie on the show and we'll find another guy for him to fight," said Lou DiBella, Malignaggi's promoter. "Paulie is very disappointed. He just wants to get back in the ring. After the fight (a unanimous decision over Chris Fernandez on April 25th), Paulie stayed in the gym and everything was directed toward this fight. Hopefully, Paulie can stay on the card and we can reschedule the fight with Alvarado for later."
One of the names that have been thrown out there as a possible replacement for the Denver born Alvarado is DC native Anthony Peterson (28-0, 19 KOs), but nothing has been set as of today. Malignaggi last stepped in the ring just over five weeks ago in the aforementioned unanimous decision over Fernandez in the undercard of the Carl Froch- Jermain Taylor fight at the Foxwoods resort in Connecticut.
Malignaggi is a former IBF World Junior Welterweight champion, and he is currently ranked fifth overall by the International Boxing Federation in the 140-pound weight class. He vacated his title last November in order to take a fight against Englishman Ricky Hatton in the main event of an HBO card in Las Vegas.