Boxing: vyacheslav senchenko

Malignaggi promises Tweet feat

April, 4, 2012
The man takes his self-anointed moniker seriously. Paulie Malignaggi, boxing’s “Twitter King,” is so keen on retaining his crown, that he wants to pull a stunt that will make him the undisputed champion of social media in the sport. Malignaggi (30-4 with 6 KOs; bred in Bensonhurst, now living in LA, though training in NYC for next bout) tells us he aims to tweet in between rounds on April 29 in the Ukraine, when he fights WBA world welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (32-0 with 21 KOs; age 34; from the Ukraine). And, pray tell, we wondered, how is he going to pull this off? Tweet with his tongue?

“I will figure it out,” the fighter said with a laugh. “Obviously taking gloves off between rounds is impossible but there is always someone I can have tweeting what I’m saying. I am in the midst of figuring out exactly how I can pull this off.”

I vote he use his tongue, for the record...
Fans of the Twitter King, the Twitter Hitter himself, Paulie Malignaggi (age 31; 30-4), can rest easy, now that word is out that his April 29 title shot against Vyacheslav Senchenko will be shown on TV.

Integrated Sports Media will offer the bout, pitting the ex junior welter champ from Brooklyn against the 32-0 Ukrainian boxer, and undercard scraps via pay-per-view, ISM chief Doug Jacobs told NYFightBlog. Senchenko holds the WBA's world welterweight crown, for the record.

"I am very excited to be able to have the fight shown in the United States," Malignaggi said. "Many American fighters go abroad and get no TV coverage, so it's a blessing. I will become a two-time world champion and my US fans will get to watch it live!"

Malignaggi, based in LA for more than a year, is now training in NY, he told me, because Senchenko trains with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card in Hollywood, his gym, where Malignaggi works with Eric Brown. "I got to NY about two weeks ago. It hasn't bothered me at all. I'm in good spirits."

The price will be either $24.95, or $29.95, and the show will start at 1 PM ET.

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.”