By Sevak Sarkisian: As most boxing fans already know, former jr. welterweight titlist Paulie Malignaggi will be facing off against Vyacheslav Senchenko for the WBA welterweight world title on April 29th. Obviously these two fighters arenít the biggest names in the sport however; they are both at the world class level.
Malignaggi is an elusive, slick, flashy boxer with virtually no knockout power with a lot of experience and some good credentials. He has a record of 30 wins and 4 losses with only 4 koís. He was tkoíd by Amir Kahn in 2010 but has won three in a row since then. Senchenko on the other hand is the current WBA welterweight world champion with a record of 32 wins and 0 losses with 21 knockouts. Senchenko fights like the typical European fighter, he holds his guard high and has a good jab and likes to box coming forward, unfortunately I believe he is a little easy to hit for a top level guy. Most of his fights have been in his home country of Ukraine and although he has fought some above average fighters he really hasnít fought anybody with a household name. Malignaggi will be the biggest name on his record thus far and if heís planning on winning he must make use of his good jab.
I believe this is probably the first world title fight in a long time thatís actually going to be competitive. I also believe it will be an entertaining fight; I will be looking forward to this one.