Malignaggi could fight May 18

WBA welter champ Paul Malignaggi has received a bout agreement, to fight WBA No. 1 contender Diego Chaves in Abu Dhabi, with a tentative date of May 18, the fighter told ESPN NY.

The promoters, a group of Brits and businessmen in Abu Dhabi, are firming things up with the Chaves side, the 32-year-old Brooklyn-bred boxer said.

"It's moving slowly," he stated, so he is still considering a fight with Andre Berto.