Boxing: giants



Like most all Giants fans, Paulie Malignaggi had an enjoyable weekend. The ex junior welter champ, who was bred in Bensonhurst, now makes LA his home-base. But he bleeds blue, and was in fact present at the Giants victory over the 49ers on Sunday at Candlestick Park.

But the smile I heard over the phone today wasn’t stemming solely from the Giants forthcoming trip to the Super Bowl, where they will be defeated by Tom Brady’s Patriots. The boxer sat down with his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, on Thursday, and heard some of the things he wanted and needed to hear.

“I left the meeting feeling a lot better than I felt going in to it,” Malignaggi (age 31; 30-4 with 6 KOs) said. “I feel like there are a lot more possibilities than before.”

A purse bid, for the rights to put on a bout pitting Malignaggi against the WBA’s welterweight champion, Vyacheslav Senchenko (age 34; born and lives in the Ukraine; 32-0 with 21 KOs against sub ‘A’ opposition), will be held on Thursday.

Malignaggi said that De La Hoya indicated that there is a strong possibility that Golden Boy will be the highest bidder, and put the fight on here in the US. And if not, and someone swoops in with a higher bid, Oscar would properly take care of Malignaggi i.e. his check would make it worth his while.

“I think that fight would take place within ninety days of the purse bid,” Malignaggi said. “Yeah, if Golden Boy wins the bid, the fight would take place in the United States, no doubt. Mr. Senchenko would have to come out of hiding.”

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