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DiBella: Malignaggi not your average fighter

Expelled from school, thrown out of his home and unhappy with life, Paulie Malignaggi convinced his grandfather to let him try boxing. The 16-year-old found salvation through the sweet science, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Originally Published: January 4, 2008
By Tim Smith | Special to ESPN.com

Paulie Malignaggi was an angry 16-year-old heading no place in particular, except maybe jail or the cemetery.

He had been permanently expelled from Utrecht High School in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, for getting into fights and ditching classes.

He was kicked out of his mother's home because he clashed with his abusive stepfather.

He was crashing at his grandparents' place, sleeping on their couch at night. During the day, he was sleeping on couches at ...

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