BROOKLYN (August 6, 2007) – IBF light welterweight boxing champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (24-1, 5 KOs), still savoring his masterful title-winning performance against Lovemore N’dou, is home in Brooklyn fuming about Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (33-0, 26 KOs) and his team openly challenging him.
Article posted on 07.08.2007
Not only has Malignaggi accepted their challenge, “The Magic Man” promises to embarrass the Mexican fighter and his entire family in the process, offering the Mecca of Boxing – Madison Square Garden – as the ideal venue to settle the issue.
“All Chavez has is his last name,” Malignaggi spewed. “He’s gotten more press for beating nobodies than anybody in boxing history. All he’s ever fought are cab drivers and busboys. He’s nobody! I was a better prospect before my first pro fight than he is after 33 pro fights. I will embarrass him, his father, his entire family, and ruin his blood line.
“I have tremendous respect for his father, probably the greatest Mexican fighter of all-time, but his son can’t live off of his father’s great name forever. If Chavez and his team are stupid enough to call out a world champion like Paulie Malignaggi – he’s never fought anybody like me -- I’ll oblige them and we can do it at Madison Square Garden, where his father had two great wins in 1986 against my friend, Juan LaPorte, and Rufugio Rojas. I didn’t even waste my time watching Chavez fight last Saturday night. Hey, I’m no Louis Brown. I’ll fight him at 147, no problem. I say, don’t talk about it, JC Junior, let’s just do it.”
Malignaggi concluded by saying Chavez’ promoter, Top Rank, can make it happen by contacting his promoter, Lou DiBella.