Boxing: Viacheslav Senchenko

Seen Senchenko?

April, 9, 2012
Viaycheslav Senchenko hasn't fought in the US, so really, the Ukrainian is a man of mystery to American fight fans. Before the WBA welterweight champion gives Paulie Malignaggi a shot at his crown in the Ukraine on April 29, give yourself the opportunity to check out the champ in this video snippet.

Malignaggi-Senchenko finalized

February, 15, 2012
Paulie Malignaggi will get another crack at a crown, on April 29. He will have to log some airtime to do it, as the fight, against WBA welterweight champion Viacheslav Senchenko will take place in Donetsk, Ukraine.

Paulie, the former junior welterweight titlist, said that as of now, there are no plans for TV broadcast to the US, but he is hopeful someone (maybe EPIX?) will pick up the tussle, so fans of the #TK (Twitter King) can get their fix.

Malignaggi is not overly thrilled with his take; he'll get $275,000 gross, which will come out of the pot held by Union Boxing, the promoters of Senchenko. He said he'll have to spend a chunk of that to put together a camp in that region, to help him get used to the time zone differential.

He also said his promoter Golden Boy did all they could to try and put together a fight that would appeal to HBO or Showtime, but the cablers didn't bite. (Aside: I'm not an expert on who does what ratings, but I do know Paulie is one of the very best at promoting his bouts with his mouth, so he saves a network money on promotion when they buy a Paulie fight...and it's slightly mystifying at some of the guys who make the cut, and get TV gigs, when he doesn't...but anyway...).

Malignaggi's manager, ace pizzaman Anthony Catanzaro, weighed in as the fight particulars were hashed out. "We are looking forward to winning our second world title in two different weight classes," he said. "We respect Senchenko, however we feel we have the style to outbox him. Paulie is a fighter in the old-fashioned sense of the word and we are honored to represent such a gifted and courageous young man."

Malignaggi sets next fight in Ukraine

February, 15, 2012
In the last few months, Paulie Malignaggi has gone above and beyond his expected duties and put on a promoter's hat. He's tried to lure Marcos Maidana, Erik Morales and last week Robert Guerrero into a battle. He struck out, though not for lack of ingenuity or pluck. Guerrero has been calling out Floyd Mayweather and others for a couple of months and when someone stepped up to his challenge, he disappeared.

Malignaggi, age 31, knows his time as an active fighter is shrinking, so he basically conceded to the writing on the wall and will take a fight with the WBA welterweight champion, Ukrainian Viacheslav Senchenko. Paulie (30-4 with 6 KOs) told ESPN New York that contract particulars are close to being finalized between Team Senchenko and Paulie's promoter, Golden Boy.

The bout pitting the ex-junior welter from Bensonhurst and the relative unknown and untested Senchenko (age 34; 32-0 with 21 KOs) would likely unfold April 29 in Donetsk, Ukraine. "It feels good to be fighting for a title again," Paulie said. "I will make the most of the opportunity and I look forward to winning the title and bringing it home to defend in Brooklyn's Barclays Center in the fall."

Malignaggi knows the judges could be wearing pro-Senchenko glasses on fight night but said he is optimistic he can win a decision. "I will try to focus on things I can control rather than things I cannot," he said.

Senchenko has been working with Freddie Roach lately but Malignaggi sees him as "still basic nonetheless" though "distinctly sharper" since he hooked up with Freddie. Malignaggi is based in L.A. now and works out at Roach's Hollywood gym with trainer Eric Brown. The boxer said it would be a sweet win to get the title and hold it aloft in Brooklyn. "I used to get asked, 'Yo Paulie when's your next fight?" Now it's, 'Yo Paulie, you still fighting?' So imagine how good it would feel if I could come home with a world championship and defend it in Brooklyn?"