TEWKSBURY, Mass. (August 11, 2005) – Training camp is coming to a close none too soon for unbeaten WBC International light welterweight champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi.
Returning to the ring after an eight-month absence, Malignaggi (19-0, 5 KOs) faces Jeremy “Carolina Kid” Yelton (16-1, 8 KOs) in an eight-round match August 25 on a DiBella Entertainment show at the Manhattan Center in New York City.
Brooklyn-native Malignaggi has been training in Tewksbury, Massachusetts under the watchful eyes of his new manager, Sal LoNano, and veteran trainer, Billy Giles, and assistant trainer Orlando Carrasquillo. LoNano has been following the same method that he did with his former fighter, now retired “Irish” Micky Ward, sending Paulie to famed strength and conditioning coach Mike Boyle. Malignaggi’s hand doctor, Dr. Stephen Margles, is the same surgeon who helped Ward, Vinny Paz and Harry Simon.
“Training camp has gone great here,” Paulie reported from the World Gym Tewskbury. “I miss home, but I’m away from distractions back there. I haven’t fought in eight months and I’m really looking forward to my first fight with two good hands since my third fight as a pro. Mike Boyle’s conditioning has gotten me in the best shape of my life. His program isn’t just for this fight; it’s for my boxing career. Dr. Margles feels my (right) hand is 95% healed. I believe in him. Three times a week he checks out my hand and I’ve had no pain in sparring. People are going to see my balance and speed, as usual, but now that I have two good hands, I’m going to take this kid out. It’s going to be my show – my time to shine again!”
Due to his broken hand and recovery period, Malignaggi, 24, hasn’t fought since last December when he won a seven-round technical decision against Sandro Casamonica (34-4) for the vacant WBC International light welterweight title.
Paulie is rated number 10 by the WBC, number 2 by the NABF, and number 3 by the NABO.
“I believe that Paulie is going to be a world champion in 2006,” LoNano commented. “I wouldn’t be his manager if I didn’t think so. After Micky retired I said I was done managing, but Paulie reminds me of Micky in a lot of ways. Not their styles, but their work ethic, guts, and determination to win. We can’t wait for August 25.”
“Yelton’s never seen, never mind fought, anybody like me,” Paulie said. “I’ve got a few tricks for him.”