Exclusive: Catching Up with Paulie Malignaggi

Malignaggi is unbeaten since making the move to welterweight (Photo by Augustine Dashiell, Plainfield Sports News).
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Former World Junior Welterweight Champion Talks about his Move to Welterweight

Throughout his 10-year professional career, Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (29-4, 6 KOs) has been known as a slick tactician with incredible hand speed, something that made the Brooklyn native a world champion at the junior welterweight division. Since a recent move up to welterweight, Malignaggi seems to have found a way to bring that speed with him despite the increase in weight, and he now sets his focus on becoming a world champion at a second weight class.

“I feel good. It feels good to keep that extra seven pounds on and not have to lose it, along with the rest of what comes with having to make weight,” he said in a recent exclusive for Resolution Sports. “It’s a comfortable feeling, and I am able to retain more of my energy come fight night.”

Malignaggi made his debut as a welterweight this past December, scoring a dominant sixth round TKO over Michael Lozada (37-8-1, 30 KOs) in Quebec. He followed up that performance with another impressive outing in April when he rolled to a 10-round unanimous decision victory over a very game Jose Miguel Cotto (32-3-1, 24 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The Magic Man credits the extra pounds as giving him an extra lift in those wins.

“More energy means more speed,” he remarked. “Sometimes, when you go up in weight, you lose speed. By the time my tenure at 140 was ending, I was actually losing speed because I was so flat from making weight, so I was slower due to that flatness. Going up to 147 actually makes me retain some of the energy, and because I’m retaining the energy, I’m able to explode with combinations and be more energetic. Because of that, I actually feel faster at 147, even though I’m heavier.”

After a short break to heal up his body, Malignaggi says his supporters will soon be awarded for their continuing support.

“When I come back, expect some big things,” he stated. “Golden Boy Promotions is doing an excellent job of bringing me back, and I expect to be in a world title fight if not by the end of this year, than early next year.”

Rumblings are abound about who would be the next opponent for the Magic Man, but no confirmations have been made by his camp or Golden Boy Promotions as of yet.

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