Paulie Malignaggi, currently a PBC commentator, is a proud Italian-American from Brooklyn, NY. He held the titles of IBF Light Welterweight championship winner and WBA Welterweight champion. Paul had a troubled childhood, which made him angry and disobedient as a child and violent as a teenager. Soon after starting high school, he was expelled for getting into too many fights. At age 16, Paul was employed full-time as a construction worker. That year, his uncle and grandfather took him to the famous Gleason’s Gym in New York City, where he soon discovered his true calling.
As an amateur, Malignaggi boasted a record of 40-9 and a New York Golden Gloves belt by1998. In 2001, he won another Golden Gloves title and became the U.S. National Champion. During his first professional debut, Malignaggi defeated Thaddeus Parker by TKO just 27 seconds into round one. He went on to win three more professional fights by the end of 2001.
In April of 2002, Paulie made his first appearance on national TV when he defeated Sterling Gathers in Miami, OK. ESPN2 featured Malignaggi winning an additional three fights that year. He won all seven of his 2002 fights, which brought his overall professional record to 21-0-0.
However, he underwent surgery twice that year and was forced to leave the ring for over 16 months. Paulie soon came back and began to work his way up the ranks of the welterweight division. In 2007, he won the IBF Light Welterweight championship fight against Lovemore N’dou at Uncasville, Connecticut. Malignaggi was awarded the comeback of the year award by Ring Magazine after that fight. He defended the title against two other contenders and in a rematch against Lovemore N’dou, before being defeated as a light welterweight champion. During the eleventh round of the 2010 fight against Ricky Hatton, mainly due to Paulie being too far behind on points, his coach threw in the towel. Paulie soon started fighting in the welterweight division, as trying to make the weight for light welterweight had a negative effect on his performance.
In April of 2012, Malignaggi became the WBA Welterweight champion after defeating Viacheslav Senchenko in Donetsk, Ukraine. His next victory, over Pablo Cesar Cano was his last to date, but Paulie never officially went into retirement. The 2014 fight in Madison Square garden brought in a huge crowd of his supporters and Malignaggi promised his fans to reclaim his title, even after losing to Shawn Porter that night.