Paulie Malignaggi has been warned there’s a Brit who would “smash” him in a bareknuckle fight.
Malignaggi’s decision to ditch his gloves and join the bareknuckle circuit has made headlines – and also made him a target.
Tyler Goodjohn has called for a fight with the former two-weight world champion and according to Glenn McCrory, Goodjohn would beat Malignaggi and be the next star of the sport.
The former IBF cruiserweight champion has been at ringside for the big fights in Goodjohn’s professional and bareknuckle careers and said: “Tyler is brilliant.
“He brings the skills, has epic fights and he’s charismatic.
“He’s got the hair, the tattoos – and he can really fight.
“The key to boxing is to be relaxed because when you’re relaxed, you see the punches coming.
“It’s hard to be relaxed when somebody is trying to punch your head in, but that’s why Tyler is able to stand in front of his opponents, bob and weave and bang in those body shots.
“He would definitely smash Malignaggi. This isn’t boxing, this is a different sport.
“I’ve seen guys who have had 50-60 pro fights quit after taking one punch in a bareknuckle fight. I’ve seen tough guys quit instantly. I think there’s a shock you go through when you get hit in a bareknuckle fight. You take a punch in the eye in BKB and you’re not worrying if you’ve picked up a cut, you’re thinking: ‘Have I gone blind ?’ That’s how hard this sport is.”
BKB 17 goes ahead at London’s O2 Indigo Arena on Saturday, June 8 and features pound-for-pound king Jimmy Sweeney defending his world lightweight championship against ex-world class pro boxer Edgar Puerta.
Sweeney says he only has two fights left before he retires – and McCrory reckons Goodjohn can be the sport’s next star.
“Jimmy Sweeney is coming to the end now,” he said, “and Tyler can push the sport forward after he’s retired.”