The May 15th bout would be Malignaggi's fourth fight on HBO Boxing After Dark.
Fight Proposed for May 15th at Madison Square Garden
Brooklyn, N.Y. (Thursday, February 25, 2010) – Steps continue to be made in a proposed fight between Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (27-3, 5 KOs) and Amir Khan (22-1, 16 KOs), slated to take place at Madison Square Garden on May 15th. The fight, which would be the American debut of Khan, would be the main event of a huge HBO supercard on its series, Boxing After Dark.
“I hope he doesn't think that he can come to New York and fight a New York fighter and expects an easy night,” Malignaggi recently told BoxingScene.com. “I hope he understands that I’m the best fighter that he has ever fought. This will be his welcome to big time boxing.”
Malignaggi is right back at the top of the ranks in his weight division following a decisive win over Juan Diaz this past December, a fight 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 of that bout. The Brooklyn native arrived to the fight in even better shape than their first encounter, a faceoff in the backyard of Diaz in a small ring that saw every card aside from the three at ringside give the fight to Malignaggi by at least three rounds.
“I think the fruits of my labor are showing, and now I have a title shot and a chance to become a two-time world champion,” the current NABO Junior Welterweight champion continued. “I really think I can beat Amir Khan. I'm not saying that he's a bad fighter, but I don't see how he can win the fight. I feel like I'm at the best point of my career right now.”
Khan is a native of Bolton, England, and he currently owns the WBA World Light Welterweight title. He took the Silver Medal in his weight class at the 2004 Athens Olympics and is currently trained by veteran Freddie Roach. Khan previously won four titles when he fought as a lightweight.
"I want to fight him in his hometown and beat him in his hometown in front of his own people,” Khan recently said of Malignaggi. “The fight has not been made 100% yet, but I think there is a very good chance of it happening.”
Khan was originally slated to fight Juan Manuel Marquez on May 15th, but Malignaggi and his camp immediately stepped up once Marquez pulled out earlier this month.