Two Former Champs Square off August 22nd
A win in this fight for Malignaggi would move him back up the rankings
Houston, Texas (Friday, July 17, 2009) – Tickets officially went on sale at 11:00 a.m. this morning for the August 22nd superfight between former IBF World Junior Welterweight champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi and former IBF World Lightweight champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz. The fight, which is the main event of an HBO Boxing After Dark airing, will take place in the Toyota Center in Houston.
“I’m very confident I can come to Juan’s hometown and take the victory,” Malignaggi recently stated. “In boxing everyone gets beat, and we both have two losses. Somebody’s going to get beat August 22nd, and it’s not going to be me.”
Ticket pricing starts at $25 with upgraded packages available for $45, $70, $125 and $250. Fans can purchase tickets starting today by logging onto www.toyotacentertix.com or by calling 1-866-4-HOU-TIX. Starting this Monday, tickets will also be available at the Toyota Center box office.
Malignaggi (26-2, 5 KOs) last stepped in the ring in April and took a unanimous decision over Chris Fernandez in the undercard of the Carl Froch-Jermain Taylor fight at the Foxwoods resort in Connecticut. The Brooklyn native is currently working to trim down to the 138.5 pound catch weight that has been set for this fight.
“I didn’t want to agree to it, but they didn’t really leave me much of a choice,” he said about the decision. “They had more leverage with the negotiations because he’s signed to Golden Boy. I’m not in a position to dictate.”
For those unable to make it to Houston for the fight, it will hit the HBO airwaves on August 22nd at 9:45 p.m. EST.