What’s Next For Bensonhurst Boxer Paulie Malignaggi

The much hyped Malignaggi and Cano fight at Barclays ended in a victory and Welterweight title retention for our local sports star.

For Malignaggi, there was never a question of his strengths in the match-up. He also assumed that next in line to fight him would be  Ricky Hatton, after beating out Vyacheslav Senchenko.

This proved not to be the case. Now, Malignaggi and his management team are plotting to see who the next opponent in line will be.

ESPN writer Michael Woods caught up with Richard Schaefer, Malignaggi’s promoter to see who they had in mind.

“We’re looking at maybe an April return for Malignaggi,” Schaefer said.

They’re hoping to have a fight plan in mind right after Christmas. There was talk of an Amir Khan, Malignaggi rematch. Khan beat the Brooklyn boxer in May. There’s also consideration of a bout between Malignaggi and another Brooklyn boy, Dmitriy Salita.

According to Schaefer, Salita would need to have a “credible win” before he squares off against the Welterweight title holder.

Only time will tell who will fight the Magic Man.


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