Delgado warns Malignaggi

26.11.03 - ATLANTA, Georgia – Welterweight prospect Paul “The Truth” Delgado is sending a warning to Paul “Magic Man” Malignaggi as they prepare for their December 6 rematch on the Vitali Klitschko-Kirk Johnson undercard at historic Madison Square Garden. “The Magic Show is over for Paulie,” Delgado promised. “It’s time for The Truth.”

Brooklyn-native Malignaggi (15-0, 5 KOs) won a controversial eight-round split decision against Delgado (9-2-1, 2 KOs), fighting out of Atlanta, last November on the Gatti-Ward II undercard in Atlantic City. “Most of the boxing viewers know I clearly won five of eight rounds,” Delgado said. “I was 5-1-1, coming of a 2 ˝ year layoff, and going against an 11-0 fighter. It was a learning experience. I’m the toughest fighter he’s ever faced and this time it’s going to be a different ball game. I’m much better prepared coming off four good wins against tough opponents.

“He busted up his hand against me. Now he’s nothing more than a one-handed fighter who just flicks his jab and doesn’t have a right. All Malignaggi does is try to look cute and talk trash. When I challenged him to a rematch, even if we had to fight in his backyard (New York City), I never really thought he’d do it. Fighting in Madison Square Garden is like a dream come true for me. I feel like I’m a kid going to Disneyland.”

Since his loss to Malignaggi, Delgado has registered four solid victories by decision against, in order, Jaime Morales, previously unbeaten (8-0) Wilmer Torres, Dennis Burley and (10-3-1) Marteze Logan (October 24).

“I compliment both sides for stepping up to the plate with these two young fighters,” Delgado’s promoter Jimmy Burchfield (Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc) remarked. “This is going to be a very exciting fight, alone worth the price of admission. It’s a great card from top to bottom, at Madison Square Garden and on HBO. We want to thank Duva Boxing, DiBella Entertainment, HBO Boxing, and Paulie Malignaggi for this tremendous opportunity.”

Article posted on 26.11.2003

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