I couldn’t tell if I was watching the Malignaggi-Khan weigh-in or an episode of Jersey Shore last night since a brawl broke out during a heated confrontation between the two boxers in New York.
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Malignaggi was running his mouth faster than Usain Bolt at the Summer Olympics (no surprise), until Khan got fed up and decided to make the “Magic Man” disappear—off the stage with a swift push. Nice.
Until this point, the two fighters were reduced to quarrelling through quotes and smack-talking overseas. Tonight, we’ll finally see who can back up their verbal jabs at each other with actual punches in the ring.
Malignaggi (27-3, five KOs) is the former IBF junior welterweight champion and currently holds the WBO NABO light welterweight belt. However, tonight he’s after Khan’s WBA light welterweight belt. Malignaggi (from Brooklyn) will be fighting in his own backyard in Madison Square Garden, and I can hear “Paulie, Paulie” chants already.
It will be interesting to see how Khan responds to the raucous crowd considering this will be his U.S. boxing debut.
Although Khan (22-1, 16 KOs) has never fought in the U.S. he is no rookie to the sport of boxing. He won the silver medal at the Summer Olympics in Greece at age 17 and became the third youngest British world champion when he claimed the WBA light welterweight belt at 22.
Khan’s punching power matched against Malignaggi’s remarkable agility and hand speed should be provide plenty of entertainment for tonight's audience.
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