Former world title challenger Dmitriy Salita sees a tough night ahead for fellow-New Yorker Paulie Malignaggi if the WBA welterweight champion agrees a deal to fight the evergreen ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley on April 27.
Salita, 30, has called on Malignaggi to give him a shot at the title for almost a year and is currently on a run of five straight wins since losing a 140lb title bout against Amir Khan in December 2009.
‘Star of David’ is gearing up for his own bout with Hector Camacho Jr. on February 9, which will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and Salita believes that Malignaggi v Mosley may not be as straightforward as some are predicting if the fight is signed for the same venue.
“I think that Mosley is a Hall of Famer and one of the great fighters of our sport,” Salita told World Boxing News.
“He is 41 years old and has looked vunerable in his last few fights. However, the greats like Mosley may always pull something sensational out of the bag.
“Given his age its hard but if he can find some “youth” and stay active through out the fight, Paulie may be in for a harder fight then people anticipate. If Mosley looks like he has in a few last fights though and fights like an aged fighter, Paulie will out class him with his boxing skills.
“I think Mosley will be motivated because he believes he can win and Paulie will want to prove a point as well against a great fighter like Mosley,” he added.
The fight between the two champions looks set to be rubberstamped in the near future, although both stated to WBN last week that reports the fight was signed and sealed were somewhat premature.