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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Salita Interested in Fighting Malignaggi

Dmitriy Salita, coming off a unanimous decision victory over Franklin Gonzalez last Wednesday, told BoricuaBoxing.com that he is interested in fighting former IBF light welterweight beltholder Paulie Malignaggi. Salita said, "It's a very exciting fight for New York. I think it definitely does the Garden. Paulie's a great fighter."

Malignaggi (27-4, 5 KOs), who attended Salita's last bout, is a light-punching slick boxer with impressive foot and hand speed. He has beaten a number of good fighters including Juan Diaz, Edner Cherry, and Lovemore N'Dou (twice). But Malignaggi, nicknamed the Magic Man, has faltered when facing top opponents, losing to Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, and Amir Khan last May.

Salita (31-1-1, 16 KOs), who lost to Khan last December, hopes to climb into the ring in about two months to stay active and face Malignaggi either in December or early next year.


  1. I think this would've been a much more "interesting" fight once upon a time-and if this were the old days-they'd have fought each other 5 times by now...I wish Salita well..
    but I think Malinaggi is over his head;I hope I'm wrong.

  2. You're right Brian, they would've fought five times already in the old days. If it happens, Malignaggi would have to be considered the favorite having fought and beaten the better competition to this point. But it's still an interesting "crossroads" fight and should create some buzz in New York... assuming they get in the ring against each other.