WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former IBF junior welterweight titleholder Paulie Malignaggi prides himself on being among the most gifted trash talkers in the sport of boxing.
Now, the 31-year-old Brooklyn, New York, native has a place to do it.
The swift speaking Malignaggi (30-4, 6 knockouts) has been sought to be a color commentator for the British Broadcasting Company’s coverage of Saturday night’s HBO-televised clash between English-born, RING No. 1-rated junior welterweight Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) and RING’s No. 6-rated challenger Lamont Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KOs) at the Washington Convention Center.
Malignaggi will do the same for Showtime’s Super Six Super Middleweight Classic title bout on Dec. 17, featuring THE RING’s No. 10-rated pound-for-pound WBA beltholder Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) and THE RING’s No. 2-rated super middleweight WBC counterpart Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs), the latter of whom is from England.
“I’m working this week and next week with the BBC radio out of England, obviously, for the two English fighters fighting this weekend and next weekend. You got Amir Khan on Saturday, and you’ve got Carl Froch next week. They contacted me and they asked me if I was interested,” said Malignaggi.
“So, you know, I’m such a good talker that we worked out a deal, and for the next two weeks, I’ll be working with them. This kind of stuff, I hope that I get more calls for this. It’s fun for me. I’m talking boxing all of the time with my friends, so it doesn’t even feel like work.”
MEANWHILE, MALIGNAGGI PLANS TO FIGHT SOON
Malignaggi said negotiations are ongoing for a bout opposite unbeaten WBA 147-pound beltholder Vyacheslav Senchenko (32-0, 21 KOs) THE RING’s No. 5-rated welterweight from the Ukraine,.
The 33-year-old Senchenko (32-0, 21 KO), who is trained by Freddie Roach, as is Khan, made the third defense of his belt with a sixth-round knockout of Marco Antonio Avendano in August.
Malignaggi has won three consecutive welterweight bouts since losing by 11th-round knockout to Khan last May. Malignaggi is coming off a one-sided 10-round unanimous decision victory Orlando Lora on Oct. 1.
“We’re moving along. We’re talking about sometime in the spring. They want to go to the Ukraine, but we’re trying to bring them here to the United States. We’ll see if we can meet in the middle. Money talks in the end. If you want me to go to the Ukraine, you’ve got to come up with the money. If not, then he’s got to come here,” said Malignaggi.
“They’re not really up to coming here, but nobody knows Senchenko. If he’s going to take advantage of that world title and wants to become a worldwide commodity, then he’s going to have to come to the U.S. against a recognizable name. Most people may think that I’m not what I used to be, but I’m still a recognizagle name and I still feel good.”
FREDDIE ROACH RECALLS WASHINGTON, D.C. BUTT-WHIPPING
Five-time trainer of the year and recent International Boxing Hall of Fame electee Freddie Roach has grown accustomed to winning, as the coach of Khan, RING No. 1-rated pound-for-pound and WBO welterweight beltholder Manny Pacquiao, and RING No. 5-rated middleweight and WBC titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
But as a junior lightweight who went 40-15 with 13 knockouts as a fighter, Roach did not fair well during his lone bout in Washington, D.C., a unanimous decision loss to Darryl Tyson in 1986.
“I haven’t been to Washington in a long time. I fought here on March 1, 1986 against Darryl Tyson and he kicked my butt,” said the 51-year-old Roach. “But we’re going to change the outcome of that with this fight this time. Amir Khan had a great training camp.”
FERNANDO GUERRERO IS BACK
Middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero (21-1, 16 KOs), of Salisbury, Md., will return to the ring for the first time since June, when the 25-year-old souothpaw was stopped in the fourth round by 40-year-old journeyman Grady Brewer.
“The opportunity offers me the same goal, and that’s to win a world title. I want to show the big city people that a guy from a small town can make it,” said Guerrero, who is on the Khan-Peterson undercard against Robert Kliewer (11-13-2, 5 KOs).
“It’s not so much that I’ve made changes, it’s just that I’m stepping up and learning some more things. I’m just learning from the last experience and moving on.”