WBA welterweight title holder Paul Malignaggi has revealed to WBN that his proposed defence against three-weight world champion ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley in the spring is not 100 per cent done yet.
The ‘Magic Man’ is reported to be close to agreeing the fight with Mosley, which would see the New Yorker put his belt on the line for the second time since dethroning Vyacheslav Senchenko in April of last year.
The 32 year-old, who is himself a world champion at two weight divisions, was hoping to face old rival Ricky Hatton in the coming months until the ‘Hitman’ was beaten in his November comeback – ironically by Senchenko.
It now looks very likely that Mosley and Malignaggi will reach an agreement for the Barclays Center clash on April 27th and the bout represent the challenger’s first outing since announcing his retirement last May.
Mosley, 41, was beaten for the eighth time in his career by WBC light-middleweight king Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, but still believes he can mix it at 147 and aims to prove it against ‘The Twitter King’ on the champion’s home turf.
The Californian fight veteran told World Boxing News yesterday that the fight was a done deal – with an announcement is expected sooner, rather than later by fight organizers Golden Boy Promotions.