Malignaggi works out with trainer Sherif Younan (Photo by Augustine Dashiell, Plainfield Sports News).
“Magic Man” Faces Amir Khan on May 15th at Madison Square Garden
Brooklyn, N.Y. (Thursday, May 6, 2010) – In a day and age where athletes have become much less accessible, junior welterweight Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi breathes a breath of fresh air into the sport of boxing. Just 10 days out from a massive fight with Amir Khan at Madison Square Garden, Team Malignaggi conducted an open workout at Evolution Boxing in Brooklyn yesterday, giving to the general public a rare inside look at the intense training of a professional fighter.
“In hosting this workout, we wanted to give a little bit back to the community,” said Anthony Catanzaro, Malignaggi’s advisor. “Everyone does not get to see Paulie in this kind of environment, and we wanted to give them a glimpse of what they are going to see on May 15th.”
May 15th is when Malignaggi and Khan will do battle in Manhattan, with the fight being aired worldwide on HBO. Malignaggi showed up for his workout yesterday in phenomenal shape, and mixed in with his trademark quickness was a noticeably powerful punch as well.
“I believe I’m the faster fighter,” Malignaggi told the press. “If I get hit on chin, I’m not going to wobble. If Amir Khan starts wobbling, I hope they have a pillow for him in the corner, because he’s going to sleep.”
Malignaggi, who has been working with Sherif Younan as his head trainer for the better of the past year and a half, has looked very impressive since hooking up with his new corner man. The duo has an undeniable bond, and their friendship outside of the ring has led to much success inside of it.
“Since day one, Paulie and I just clicked,” Younan remarked. “We understand each other’s styles. My work revolves around speed, and Paulie is all about speed, so it goes hand-in-hand.”
If anything is evident by how Malignaggi looked yesterday at his open workout, it is the fact that the training camp for the Khan fight has been very intense and productive.
“Everything in camp has been wonderful,” Younan continued. “We’ve actually enjoyed this training camp a lot. As Paulie and I spend more and more time together, we learn more, and we are able to employ more tactics. We can’t wait to get into the ring on May 15th.”
Malignaggi was equally as pleased with the preparation.
“You’re going to see more improvements on May 15th,” he commented. “Sherif Younan and I have a lot of creativity in the gym. Every fight since I’ve started training with Sherif, I’ve been getting better and better.”
When Malignaggi last stepped into the ring in December, the Brooklyn native put on a dominating performance over Juan Diaz to avenge a highly questionable decision loss to Diaz that August. Both of those fights were also aired live on HBO, so the international spotlight has proven to be something that does not hinder the former IBF Junior Welterweight Champion.
“I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself,” he stated. “I am a perfectionist when it comes to boxing. Come fight night, everything will fall into place like the pieces of a puzzle.”
The key piece of that puzzle? The World Boxing Association’s Junior Welterweight Championship, which will leave around the waist of the winner next Saturday.
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