BROOKLYN, N.Y. — California-based trainer Eric Brown will be working both the corners of WBA welterweight title Paulie Malignaggi and unbeaten middleweight Peter Quillin in their respective Showtime-televised bouts opposite Mexico City’s Pablo Cesar Cano and WBO 160-pound titleholder Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam at Barclays Center on Saturday night.
Known for working out of Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif., Brown expects Malignaggi (31-4, 7 knockouts) to “box the s–t” out of Cano (25-1-1, 19 KOs), who will not be eligible to win Malignaggi’s crown after failing three attempts to qualify for the 147-pound limit at Friday’s weigh-in.
After having fought as a lightweight and junior welterweight in the past, the 23-year-old Cano tipped the scales at 147.8 on his final try — this after having been granted approximately two hours to lose weight from his initial mark of 148.4.
Brown said a deal was put into place that allowed Cano to weigh no more than 157 pounds during a re-weigh on Saturday at 9:30 a.m., for which he came in at 155, the trainer said.
Malignaggi, 32, weighed 146.2, and will pursue his fifth straight victory as well as his third knockout since rising into the welterweight ranks when he faces Cano, who was not fined by the New York State Athletic Commission.
Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Robert Diaz told RingTV.com, however, that Malignaggi will receive $50,000 of Cano’s $150,000 purse in addition to his initial $35,000 as a result of a deal worked out between the two camps.
“We agreed on a cap weight today, and Cano made that, so he’ll be fighting Paulie,” Brown said of Malignaggi, who has not lost since falling by 11th-round knockout to Amir Khan as a junior welterweight at New York’s Madison Square Garden in May of 2010.
“I think that Paulie’s going to box the s–t out of this kid. Paulie is going to box him silly. Will he stop him? Possibly. Anything is possible.”
A native of Brooklyn, Malignaggi proved that in April, scoring a ninth-round stoppage on the home turf of Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko, who was bigger, taller and boasted more power and who had worked, at times, with Roach.
Brown is expecting similar results from the 29-year-old Quillin (27-0, 20 KOs) against the 28-year-old N’Jikam (27-0, 17 KOs), who goes by the name, “N’Dam.”
“Pete has sparred with better people than him on numerous occasions,” said Brown. “We had a great camp. We had great sparring partners. I say that based on Pete’s history in boxing, alone, and the gyms that he’s been associated with, and the people that he’s sparred with.”
“I know that he’s sparred with people at least at this guy’s level, if not way better. So the biggest thing I think about with Pete is being caught up in the moment. I don’t want him to be caught up in the moment, because this is a big event for him.”
Formerly the WBO’s interim beltholder, N’Dam became the full titleholder after unbeaten Dmitry Pirog passed up a mandatory defense to take a more lucrative bout, and then suffered a back injury that forced him to pull out of a scheduled fight with undefeated WBA title-holder Gennady Golovkin.
“N’Dam didn’t win that title, it was given to him. It would be one thing if he beat somebody legitimately for that title, but he didn’t. He’s never fought anybody on Pete’s level. Period. It’s the same situation that Senchenko was going through with Paulie,” said Brown.
“Senchenko was the champion over there, and he fought for his title over there, but he had never fought anybody on Paulie’s level. So fighting somebody like Paulie, he was never in the game at all. He had never been in the ring against anybody with Paulie’s timing, and with his angles. So with Pete, we definitely want to knock this kid out. We want to stop him.”
Malignaggi-Cano and N’Dam-Quillin are part of a stacked, Showtime-televised, nine-fight undercard to the rematch between RING, WBA and WBC junior welterweight champ Danny Garcia and four-division title-winner Erik Morales.
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