Maybe the quintessential "New York fighter" today is Paulie Malignaggi (29-4 record; age 30). Only thing is, the Bensonhurst-born welterweight doesn't live in Brooklyn anymore. He bolted for sunnier climes a year ago, and now lives in Hollywood.
Paulie gloves up on Oct. 15 in L.A. against Orlando Lara on the Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson undercard. His New York-based advisor, Anthony Catanzaro, who is top-tier when it comes to helping find foes that match up to his fighters' strengths and weaknesses, tells NY Fightblog that the 28-1 Lara is somewhat slow afoot, so Malignaggi should be able to tame the Mexican by getting angles on him.
We will soon catch up with Paulie, to see if he's still got that 'dese dems dose' accent, and more seriously, to ask him why he felt he needed to go out west to boost his career. Is that a trend that should have NYC boxing folks distressed?
• The NYFightblog doesn't diss Jersey. No elitism here. You can head to the Garden State this Saturday to check one of boxing's best, Yuriorkis Gamboa (20-0, 16 KOs; age 29; won Olympic gold at 2004 Games). The featherweight, who fled his native Cuba in 2006, will likely get past the less-technically adept challenger Daniel Ponce De Leon (41-3; born in Mexico; age 31) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City (HBO will televise).
By the way, Gamboa doesn't have the gold medal he won in Athens. He sold it, for $1,500, to finance his daughter's first birthday party. Gamboa told Fightblog that a man approached him a few times to buy it, and he finally relented, because he wanted her first birthday to be a special affair.
Today is my daughter Juliette's first birthday. After I file this, I will be going out to get some vegan cupcakes for her, her sister Annabelle (4 1/2) and their mom, my wife (no age given). The girls are, like Mike Tyson, all vegans. I'm not, but I respect their choices immensely, and will get a vegan cupcake for myself as well. Juliette's party will not be any Gamboa-level blowout alas. Sorry Julesie ... But in a few years you can find this blog on Google and show all your friends!
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