Malignaggi's next fight likely not in BK

January, 31, 2013
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Sorry, local Paulie Malignaggi fans. It’s looking like the WBA welterweight champion won’t be making his second title defense in Brooklyn at Barclays Center after all.

The 32-year-old Bensonhurst-bred hitter was going to glove up on Apr. 27 in Brooklyn, but that plan seems to have shifted. Terms to fight Shane Mosley couldn’t be hashed out, so Malignaggi (32-4) is looking at other foes, in other locales.

One possibility, he told NYFightblog, is a bout some seven thousand or so miles away. He doesn't want to announce the location, because he first has to perform some due diligence on the promoter. Another possibility is a fight against Andre Berto, on the West Coast.
Michael Woods, a member of the board of the Boxing Writers Association of America, has been covering boxing since 1991. He writes about boxing for ESPN The Magazine and is the news editor for TheSweetScience.com.

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