Former two-division world champion boxer and boxing commentator Paulie Malignaggi has signed an exclusive deal to compete for Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC). Malignaggi is expected to make his BKFC debut in June 2019 at a location yet to be determined.
“This is great signing for Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship,” said BKFC Founder and President David Feldman. “At this time in our company’s growth, we needed to add a legitimate and well-established world champion boxer to our roster, and I believe with Paulie’s ability and personality we’ve done just that. Paulie is the perfect fit for us.”
“BKFC is the new wave in combat sports. They’re doing great things and I’m very excited to be a part of this organization,” said Malignaggi. “I’ve accomplished some big things in boxing career, and I look forward to what this next phase brings. After a long boxing career, it’s easy to miss the limelight and the rush that combat brings. I look forward to getting back in action and the new challenge of fighting for BKFC.”
Malignaggi, a 38-year-old native of Brooklyn, NY, battled some of the top names in the super lightweight and welterweight divisions as a professional boxer. In June 2007, Malignaggi defeated Lovemore N’dou by unanimous decision to capture the IBF Super Lightweight Title. Malignaggi defended that title twice before losing the belt to Ricky Hatton in November 2008. In April 2012, Malignaggi won his second world title, defeating Vyacheslav Senchenko by technical knockout to secure the WBA Welterweight Title. He successfully defended the WBA title once before suffering a split decision loss to Adrien Broner in June 2013.
During his professional boxing career, Malignaggi amassed an impressive record of 36 – 8, with seven of his victories coming by way of knockout. A winner of three out of his last four boxing contests, Malignaggi last fought professionally in March 2017 in a loss to Sam Eggington. In mid-2017, Malignaggi worked briefly as a sparring partner for Conor McGregor as McGregor prepared to face undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather later that year.
Undefeated female boxing star and fulltime police officer Tiara Brown (7-0, 5 KOs) has been named the 2019 Officer of the Year by the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C. Brown is a four-year veteran on the force under Chief of Police, Peter Newsham.
Brown was recently featured on the Steve Harvey talk show, which hailed her as a “real life super hero” for her work as a police officer and in community relations while finding success as a boxer. Artist Robert Ayala captured that sentiment in a comic book-style rendering.
“I moved to Washington, D.C. from Florida six years ago to work as a youth boxing counselor and became a police officer four years ago,” said Brown. “I still work as a youth boxing counselor as well so between my training for fights, working on the force and as a counselor, I stay very busy.”
“I’m thrilled to be honored with this award but, truthfully, I just do my job every day to the fullest of
my abilities and will continue with that mindset. It’s the same thing in boxing, work hard every day.”
The department’s Nineteenth Annual Metropolitan Police Awards Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, March 19, at THEARC Theater in Washington, D.C.
Promoted by DiBella Entertainment, Brown is one of the most exciting fighters in female boxing.
As an amateur, Brown was a three-time gold medalist at the USA Boxing National Championships, a gold medalist at the 2012 Women’s World Championships in China, and a participant in the 2015 Olympic Trials, before turning pro in September 2016. She has stopped her last three opponents and is coming off a victory against former world champion Dahiana Santana on December 8, 2018, at Bowie State University in Bowie, MD.
“I am so proud of Tiara,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “She is a terrific fighter and a future world champion. More importantly, Tiara is a true role model, not only keeping the streets of Washington, D.C. safe, but also working as a mentor to inner-city youth. She is very deserving of this award and it is an honor to promote her.”
Details on her next bout will be announced shortly.
Undefeated super bantamweight prospect, Eros Correa (6-0, 6 KOs), who is managed by Cali Boxing Management, makes his Bay Area, California, debut March 23, 2019, at the San Mateo Event Center in the 2,000 seat Fiesta Hall. Correa will battle former kick-boxer Zakaria Miri (0-1), who hails from Brussels, Belgium. The 4-round co-main event bout is being promoted by Ambition Empire Promotions. Headlining the 6-bout card will be San Francisco’s top prospect, Willie “The Thrill” Shaw Jr. (9-0, 6 KOs) vs. Jose Marrufo (11-8-2, 1 KO) in an 8-round super lightweight contest.
“I’ve waited a long time to get a fight in the Bay Area and now its finally here,” said Eros Correa, who resides in San Jose, CA. “I’ve been very busy this year having fought twice already, so I’m in great shape and I’ll be at my best when I step in the ring on the 23rd. I can’t wait to give my hometown fans a great night of boxing.”
Correa, who has knocked out every opponent he’s faced since turning professional in 2017, will look to continue his knockout streak when he faces Miri.
“As always, I’ll be looking to end the fight early,” continued Correa. “Miri is someone who has a lot of experience being that he comes from a kick boxing background, so I know it’s going to be a tough fight. I’m prepared to go the distance if I have to, but I’ll be gunning for the KO.”
“Eros is very popular here in the Bay Area and we are expecting a lot of his fans to be in attendance,” said Andrew Bocanegra, of Cali Boxing Management. “His crowd-pleasing style will be on display and everyone watching will see why we are so excited about his future.”
“Eros is ready to go,” said Jessie Sanchez, of Cali Boxing Management. “He’s been fighting every month since December and the fans in attendance will see what all the hype is about.”
The undercard will feature Richmond’s Jasper McCargo (3-1, 2 KOs) vs. Merced’s Nathan Sharp (3-0, 3 KOs) in a 4-round light-heavyweight bout. Cruiserweight’s Andres Salas (3-0, 3 KOs) from Stockton and Vallejo’s Fernando Caro (3-1) will square off in a 4-round heavyweight bout. San Jose’s Ali Ahmed (1-1) vs. Matt Garvers (0-3) will serve as a 4-round lightweight bout. Iris Contreras (2-0) vs. Rebecca Light (1-2) will open the card in a super flyweight female bout.
Tickets for the event titled “The Willie Shaw Show”, priced at $35, $50, $70, and $150, are available by ordering online at www.eventbrite.com.
The San Mateo Event Center is located at 2495 South Delaware Street, San Mateo, CA 94403. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the first bell rings at 6:00 p.m. For more information on Ambition Empire Promotions please visit www.ambitionempirepromotions.com.