Sunday, January 06, 2008
Malignaggi (right) takes a shot at Ngoudjo en route to a 12-round unanimous decision victory. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Brooklyn’s own charismatic and flashy world champion Paulie Malignaggi won a closely fought junior welterweight bout over Cameroon’s Herman Ngoudjo at Bally’s Atlantic City by unanimous decision. The judges scored the bout 117-111, 116-113 and 115-113.
Saturday’s world title fight was promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Groupe Yvon Michele and aired live on Showtime Championship Boxing.
Ngoudjo, a 6-1 underdog coming in, proved to be much more than a foil for Malignaggi, the young champion making his first title defense.
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Showtime Championship Boxing will set the stage for another fantastic year of world-class boxing when flashy, charismatic Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi defends his International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior welterweight title against mandatory challenger and IBF No. 1 contender, Herman “The Black Panther” Ngoudjo, on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, live on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
The 12-round world title fight is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Groupe Yvon Michel and will take place at Bally’s Main Ballroom at Atlantic City, N.J.
NEW YORK – Showtime Championship Boxing will set the stage for another fantastic year of world-class boxing when flashy, charismatic Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi defends his International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior welterweight title against mandatory challenger and IBF No. 1 contender, Herman “The Black Panther” Ngoudjo, on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, live on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
The 12-round bout will take place one night after the Showtime boxing 2008 season officially begins with a ShoBox: The New Generation doubleheader (11 p.m. ET/PT) featuring the undefeated Peterson brothers, Anthony (25-0, 18 KOs) and Lamont (23-0, 11 KOs).
With just two losses between them, the boxer versus puncher matchup between Malignaggi (23-1, 5 KOs) and Ngoudjo (16-1, 9 KOs) figures to be an exciting and competitive opener to the 2008 season.
Friday, December 28, 2007
NEW YORK – It was a warm, clear, summer morning in Sydney, Australia, and Herman Ngoudjo was heading to the airport to return to his native Cameroon.
Ngoudjo (En-Goo-Jo) had desires of bringing home a medal from the 2000 Olympic Games. But without world-class training, the muscular boxer was eliminated early and would go home empty-handed.
“I was absolutely thrilled to compete in the Sydney Olympics,” said Ngoudjo (16-1, nine KOs), the International Boxing Federation (IBF) No. 1 junior welterweight contender who challenges IBF champion Paulie Malignaggi (23-1, five KOs) Saturday, Jan. 5, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
World light welterweight contender Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi answered some critical questions concerning his ring career off of his one-sided performance February 17 against Edner Cherry (21-5-2, 10 KOs) in the HBO main event live from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Malignaggi won a unanimous 10-round decision (100-90, 98-92, 98-92)
Malignaggi (22-1, 5 KOs) hadn’t fought since June 10, when he lost his first fight as a pro by 12-round decision, suffering a fractured cheekbone in the process to the then WBO light welterweight champion Miquel Cotto, and switched trainers for the Cheery fight with James “Buddy” McGirt in his corner for the first time.
How would Malignaggi respond to his first lost, especially one in which he was floored for the first time and sidelined due to such a serious injury? And would Paulie be a more complete and effective boxer having trained in Vero Beach with McGirt?
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Think of this as the trash-talking edition of EEC…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- We all know about the blowup at yesterday’s Oscar De La Hoya-Floyd Mayweather Jr press conference. But did you hear some of the things they said about each other?
While De La Hoya was impressive with his remarks…
“I respect Floyd as a fighter, as the best pound-for-pound in the world.” said De La Hoya. “Come May 5, when I touch you, you’re going to hurt for weeks.”
Pretty Boy Floyd stepped his usual great trash-talking game up to a new level:
“I’m gonna bust his ass. I’m gonna do what I’ve done to 37 others,” Mayweather said. “I’ll bet you $1 million, $2 million, $3 million. Every dime in my bank account if you want. Right now. They kept me in the dark. Now they have to face me. I’m the top glove in the sport.”
- The most interesting remarks of the day however were made by Zab Judah during a recent interview with renowned boxing writer Tim Smith. What did Judah have to say regarding his upcoming fight against Miguel Cotto?
“I’m not Paulie Malignaggi. I’m Zab Judah. They must not know who I am,” Judah said. “Cotto is a little boy. He’s like my son. You know how it is when your son gets out of line and you have to give him a spanking to get him back in line. That’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to spank him like he’s my son.”
“I’m going to ask Top Rank to have my belt made up ahead of time,” Judah said. “I’m going to get me a float and I’m going to ride in the parade. I’m going to have all his Puerto Rican fans cheering for me at the fight and at the parade.”
Some Good Reads:
Boxing Scene: “Baby” Joe Mesi - The Big Gamble
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Blue-haired Paulie Malignaggi escaped New York City with a rather easy unanimous decision victory over Edner Cherry last night on HBO’s Boxing After Dark…
Malignaggi’s plan coming into the fight was to constantly use his jab to set up some more offense, a tactice that worked very well:
“That’s got to be the main weapon,” Malignaggi said. “I tried to keep him on the end of the stick, which is my comfort zone. Just had to keep jabbing.”
Proof that it worked? Malignaggi landed 103 of the 357 jabs he threw.
Malignaggi was happy with his performance and glad that he was able to come out with a win rather than another beating like received from Miguel Cotto last year.
“I wasn’t gun-shy tonight but I was consciously trying to box and not go toe-to-toe,” he said. “I wanted to not get into the kind of fight I did with Cotto because that is not my fight.”
“I came off a really physical fight and I wanted to make sure I could box like I always had,” Malignaggi said. “I didn’t want to stand in there and trade with him like I did with Cotto. I needed to let myself know I was back, so psychologically it was good for me. Maybe it made for a boring fight at times, but it was good for me. I could have looked a little more spectacular. I want to entertain. But I also don’t want to get in a stupid brawl when I don’t need to. That’s not my game.”
Cherry knew that Malignaggi was the better fighter last night…
“He fought a great fight,” Cherry said. “My plan was to match Paulie’s speed and cut off the ring, and stay busy, but I was unable to do so.
Malignaggi stated after the fight that he wants a title shot. He wants a title shot against the top dog in his division:
“I want to fight for a title,” Malignaggi said. “Eventually, I want to move on to [recognized division champion] Ricky Hatton. I think he will push me.”
Friday, February 16, 2007
Here comes the weekend…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Famed boxing manager Bob Botto passed away in his home early yesterday morning. Botto managed many former contenders including Randy Mack, Johnny Carter, Mike Mungin, and current supper middleweight star Omar Pittman.
Verno Phillips vs Eddie Sanchez - Las Vegas, Nevada - Junior Middleweight (ESPN 2)
Gary Stark Jr vs Mike Oliver - Miami, Oklahoma - Junior Featherweight (Showtime)
Derek Ennis vs Allen Conyers - Miami, Oklahoma - Junior Middlweight (Showtime)
Tony Thompson vs Timor Ibragimov - Beverly Hills, California - Heavyweight (FSN)
Andre Dirrell vs Kenny Kost - Beverly Hills, California - Super Middleweight (FSN)
Jorge Paez Jr vs Jaime Alvarado - Beverly Hills - California - Welterweight (FSN)
Paulie Malignaggi vs Edner Cherry - New York City, New York - Junior Welterweight (HBO)
Ishe Smith vs Sechew Powell - New York City, New York - Junior Middleweight (HBO)
Andre Berto vs Norberto Bravo - New York City, New York - Welterweight (HBO)
Audley Harrison vs Michael Sprott - London, England - Heavyweight
Michael Katsidis vs Graham Earl - London, England - WBO Lightweight Title
Amir Khan vs Mohammed Medjadji - London, England - Lightweight
Some Good Reads:
Friday, February 02, 2007
Happy Groundhog Day everybody! We have a busy weekend ahead of us…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- The WBC announced yesterday that it has stripped the WBC Flyweight Title from Omar Nino because Nino has tested positive for methamphetamine according to post-fight testing results done after his November 18th bout against Brian Viloria.
Ironically Viloria and Edgar Sosa will fight for the title in the coming months. The winner of that bout will then have to face Nino who has been giving number one contender status since he was unaware that the drug had been put into his system.
“In light of the fact that the WBC believes that Nino did not voluntarily commit this infraction and considering that his clean record has won him the trust of this organization ... we are declaring that Nino will be the challenger for whoever is the new champion,” a WBC statement said.
- The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that Felix Trinidad will be at ringside to watch Cory Spinks fight Rodney Jones this weekend. He’s just going to see a decent bout, right? Not exactly…
Spink’s trainer, Kevin Cunningham, has confirmed that Trinidad will be at ringside with Don King to scout Spinks as a possible opponent in the near future…
“Don’s bringing Felix Trinidad in for this fight,” Cunningham said. “He might come out of retirement. Fernando Vargas is another possibility. But my thing is this: We want to keep chugging away, keep grinding. And eventually that big marquee fight will be there for us. And hopefully we can bring another big fight back to St. Louis.’‘
- Paulie Malignaggi will be the in-studio guest for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights this evening…
Zuri Lawrence vs Dominick Guinn - Rochester, New York - Heavyweight (ESPN 2)
James Kirkland vs Billy Lyell - Santa Ynez, California - Junior Middleweight (Showtime)
Timothy Bradley vs Manuel Garnica - Santa Ynez, California - Junior Welterweight (Showtime)
Tomasz Adamek vs Chad Dawson - Kissimmee, Florida - WBC Light Heavyweight Title (Showtime)
Jesus Chavez vs Julio Diaz - Kissimmee, Florida - IBF Lightweight Title (Showtime)
Cory Spinks vs Rodney Jones - Kissimmee, Florida - IBF Junior Middleweight Title (Showtime)
Laila Ali vs Gwendolyn O’Neil - Kempton Park, South Africa - Women’s Super Middleweight Title
Naoufel Ben Rabah vs Lovemore Ndou - Sydney, Australia - IBF Junior Welterweight Title Eliminator
Paul Briggs vs Andre Thysse - Sydney, Australia - Light Heavyweight
Sakio Bika vs Rupert Van Aswegen - Sydney, Australia - Super Middleweight
Some Good Reads
Thursday, October 05, 2006
WBO Junior Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto will be moving up to 147 lbs and will be taking on Carlos Quintana for the vacant WBA Welterweight title on December 2nd in Atlantic City, NJ.
What makes it even better is the fact that Antonion Margarito will be in action that same night, defending his WBO Welterweight belt against Joshua Clottey.
Paulie Malignaggi has already said that Cotto is one of the hardest punchers in boxing today. What does Quintana think about that?
“First of all, I’m not Paulie Malignaggi,” Quintana said. “I’m stronger. I’m a better puncher, I’m a left-hander and superior in terms of boxing skills. I hope to do that to Miguel, instead of him doing that to me.
The difference between Malignaggi and myself is I have fought against stronger boxers,” Quintana said. “So I can deal with that.”
It’s going to be fun to watch Cotto have the chance to display his power on such a big stage…