No holiday blues for Paulie Malignaggi

NEW YORK (December 27, 2007) – International Boxing Federation light welterweight champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi has shifted his training camp from sunny Vero Beach, Florida to back home in the Big Apple without missing a beat as he continues preparing for his first title defense January 5 on Showtime Championship Boxing against No. 1 mandatory contender Herman “The Black Panther” Ngoudjo (16-1, 9 KOs) at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City..

The brash Brooklyn boxer, rated No. 2 by The Ring, is back working out at famed Gleason’s Gym during the holiday season, something that hasn’t fazed Malignaggi in the least.

“Training camp in Vero Beach was excellent and, as usual, I’m in tremendous shape,” Paulie said. “At training camp you brainwash yourself into thinking everyday is the same, no weekends or holidays. It’s all the same…a work day. You develop a mental state to just work hard and get ready for the fight. I’m going to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s starting on January 5, beating that bum with the big mouth (Ngoudjo). I’ve lost all respect for this guy because he is so disrespectful. He’s fighting the best he’s ever fought; I’m going to ruin him. People are going to forget all about Herman Ngoudjo after our fight.

“This is the third fight with Buddy McGirt as my head trainer. The key for every fight is to continue improving and that’s what we’re doing. Buddy is the captain of the ship. He’s a great trainer, I’m a great fighter, and we have a great team.”

Team Malignaggi also includes Paulie’s promoter, Lou DiBella, cornermen Orlando Carrasquillo and Pete Sferrazza, cutman Danny Milano and attorney John Hornewer, as well as Paulie’s brother, Umberto, and advisor, Anthony Catanzo.

Article posted on 27.12.2007

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