Malignaggi to Hatton: 'Bring it over, buddy'

Paulie Malignaggi's win over Herman Ngoudjo sets the stage for a show with Ricky Hatton later this year, but after a shaky performance, is he ready? The Magic Man warns us not to take this performance as a precursor of what to expect against Hatton.

Originally Published: January 6, 2008
By Tim Smith | Special to ESPN.com

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Paulie Malignaggi is one of the most elusive boxers in the ring. Now you see him. Now you don't. Maybe that is why they call him The Magic Man.

Malignaggi worked that "magic" against Herman Ngoudjo to win a 12-round unanimous decision and successfully defend his IBF junior welterweight title in a sold-out ballroom at Bally's Casino Resort on Saturday night.

As fights go, it was not a stylistic thing of beauty. Ngoudjo moved forward but did not throw ...

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