Team Malignaggi celebrates the win over Diaz (Photo courtesy of Anthony Catanzaro).
“Magic Man” Back in the Gym in Anticipation of Next Fight
Brooklyn, N.Y. (Saturday, December 19, 2009) – After suffering some tragic home cooking in Houston this past August, Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi left nothing to chance when he took down Juan Diaz last Saturday in Chicago. With the NABO Junior Welterweight title now around his waist, Malignaggi is already back in the gym preparing for his next fight, which many say could be in the American debut of English boxer Amir Khan.
"We want that fight. Paulie wants a big fight," Malignaggi promoter Lou DiBella said to ESPN’s Dan Rafael this week. "It would be an unbelievable event for Kahn's American debut.”
The proposed location of the fight? The legendary Madison Square Garden, a place that Brooklyn native Malignaggi knows very well.
“It's perfectly conceived of because of the personalities, styles and geography,” DiBella continued. “Khan wants to fight here. Paulie is a New Yorker and is as hot as he's been. I have no doubt the fight does 15,000 people at the Garden. They both can fight, and they both can talk and promote."
Malignaggi is right back at the top of the ranks in his weight division following his decisive win over Diaz last weekend, where all three judges scored it 116-111 in his favor. The Magic Man put a nice cut over the left eye of Diaz and also scored a knock down in the 10th round. Malignaggi arrived to this fight in even better shape than their first encounter, a bout in the backyard of Diaz with a lopsided judging panel and small ring that saw every card aside from the three at ringside give the fight to the Brooklyn boxer by at least three rounds.
"The difference in this fight was that I stayed consistent," Malignaggi commented after the rematch with Diaz. "I wanted to use foot movement and hand speed and to keep Juan Diaz from coming at me with pressure."
And consistent he was. The Magic Man looked sharp from the opening bell and never looked back. He decisively out-boxed and out-maneuvered Diaz, leaving no doubt in the minds of any eyes on that ring at the UIC Pavilion.