End of the Magic: Two-weight champ Malignaggi hangs up gloves
A second fighter competing on the recent O2 Arena show in London has decided to retire for good on the back of defeat.
Paulie Malignaggi, one of the most likeable fighters on the circuit, has hung up his gloves at the age of 36 after losing out to a crunching body shot from UK welterweight Sam Eggington.
The sicking blow signalled the end of a 44-fight career which can be looked back on with some pride by an Italian-American who made a successful transition across the Atlantic despite losing three times to British boxers.
On Monday evening, Malignaggi posted a gracious message as ‘The Magic Man’ now focuses on his new job as an analyst and co-commentator on both home and UK shores.
“Nineteen years ago today (March 6), I entered the ring for the first time as an amateur. That makes this as good a time as any to announce my retirement from competition,” said Malignaggi.
“My life is in a place 19 years later that I never dreamed it could be in, and I have boxing to thank for that.
“I’m looking forward to a long, fruitful career now behind the mic, staying around the sport I love so much and the sport that changed my life for the better.”
Career highs for Malignaggi include a breakout performance in defeat against Miguel Cotto in 2006, a world super-lightweight title success against Lovemore Ndou in 2007 and a second weight triumph in Ukraine against Vyacheslav Senchenko five years later.