Bob Arum said Julio Cesar Chavez could fight Brian Vera next, and eventually, Andre Ward.
Lem's latest: Malignaggi, Tyson part of Brooklyn's boxing legacy
Brooklyn's Paulie Malignaggi is part of a championship legacy that includes Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe, Michael Moorer, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad and Zab Judah.
Other fighters with ties to Brooklyn are Riddick Bowe, Mark Breland, Shannon Briggs, Junior Jones, Zab Judah, Michael Moorer and Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, as well as Paddy DeMarco, Joey Giardello, Solly Krieger, Eddie "Cannonball" Martin and Lou Salica.
As part of a loaded undercard of a Showtime-televised, Oct. 20 event at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., Malignaggi (31-4, 7 KOs) will make the first defense of his crown opposite Pablo Cesar Cano (25-1-1, 19 KOs), of Mexico City. Malignaggi, 31, dethroned previously unbeaten Vyacheslav Senchenko in April by ninth-round technical knockout.
A former IBF junior welterweight beltholder in just his fourth welterweight bout, Malignaggi has not lost since falling by 11th-round knockout to Amir Khan as a junior welterweight in May of 2010.
Also on the card, Brooklyn resident Peter Quillin will face WBO middleweight titleholder Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam, of France, in a clash of unbeaten fighters, and Brooklyn middleweight contender Danny Jacobs will pursue his third straight win with as many consecutive knockout against an opponent to be determined.
In addition, former IBF and WBC junior welterweight titleholder Devon Alexander will challenge IBF welterweight beltholder Randall Bailey. Others on the show are Brooklyn-born ex-beltholder Luis Collazo, of Queens, welterweight Dmitriy Salita, of Brooklyn and Bronx-born Honduran junior middleweight Eddie Gomez and junior middleweight Boyd Melson, of White Plains, N.Y.
ALEXANDER'S SPARRING POWERFUL, YOUNG FIGHTERS
Against Jones, Bailey won his fourth straight bout, having last suffered defeat by 11th-round stoppage against Juan Urango in a failed bid to earn the IBF's junior welterweight belt in August of 2009.
In his next fight after facing Bailey, Urango was knocked out in the eighth round by fellow southpaw Alexander (23-1, 13 KOs), whose trainer, Kevin Cunningham, said that his fighter is going to be well-prepared for the one-punch knockout power that Bailey carries in his right hand.
"We've got some good, young talented undefeated sparring partners. I won't divulge their names, but they're good, young prospects. One is a junior middleweight and one is a welterweight. They're both fast and strong and they're doing a little bit of everything. We've pretty much studied Randall's fight footage and they're giving me a better version of Randall Bailey," said Cunningham.
"Whatever he does, Devon does better. So the only edge that he has is that he's a known, one-punch knockout puncher. He's known for his power. That's the only thing that he can resort to, because Devon is too fast and too smart. Devon's got quick feet and Randall's got old, slow legs. The only thing that he can do is look to try to land the right hand. That's all he can do in this fight."
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