Ricky Hatton vs Paulie Malignaggi Preview
By Brad Marchetti, Doghouse Boxing (Nov 22, 2008) DoghouseBoxing.com (Photo © Will Hart/HBO)  
Slick mouth Brooklynite Paulie Malignaggi will get a chance to back up his tough talk when he takes on Jr. welterweight champ Ricky Hatton in Las Vegas. The Ricky Hatton vs. Paul Malignaggi fight will be aired at 10 PM ET on HBO. Malignaggi, 25-1, 5 KO’s, has been enlisted at a moderate 5-2 underdog by Vegas odds makers. Hatton, 44-1, 31 KO’s, looked poor in his last outing against top-10 contender Juan Lazcano but still got a win. Malignaggi looked equally unimpressive on the undercard as he battled a broken hand to get a win over top-10 contender Lovemore N’Dou.

Malignaggi will enter the ring with trainer Buddy McGirt, Paul’s trainer of record for his last 4 fights. Hatton will be without lifelong trainer Billy Graham. Graham has been replaced by Floyd Mayweather Sr. Many critics feel this is a bad fit for Ricky “Fatton”. Will Hatton’s abandonment of Graham prove to be bad karma, as Ricky heads into the only ring he has ever lost in? Ricky Hatton vs. Paul Malignaggi Boxing betting odds favor Hatton at -240 on the MONEYLINE.

The well-built Hatton will try to smother the fleet footed Italian with his strength. Malignaggi is the taller man, but Hatton is the stronger of the two. It will be up to Paulie to use his lighting fast left jab to control the pace of the bout. Despite Ricky Hatton’s weight gains between fights, he is strong in the late rounds. Hatton got caught coming in when he took a chance against Mayweather, but Hatton will not need to worry too much about Malignaggi’s power. Will Hatton take the necessary risks to cut off the ring against Malignaggi? Can Malignaggi hold off Hatton with his superior speed?

Below is a breakdown of the Paulie Malignaggi vs. Ricky Hatton 12-round bout. Ricky Hatton vs. Paul Malignaggi Boxing betting odds OVER\UNDER is at 11.5 rounds with the OVER at -360.

Ricky Hatton vs. Paul Malignaggi Boxing betting odds

Hatton -240 to -278
Malignaggi +200 to+220

Ricky Hatton

*Power: 7 (* indicates x200%)
Size: 7
Speed: 7
Stamina: 8
Defense: 6 (*indicates x200%)
Chin: 7
Cuts\Injury: 5
Heart\Killer Instinct: 8
Legs: 7
Jab\Reach: 7
In-Fighting: 9
Ring IQ: 7
Peak: 6

Marchetti Rating: 7.6 (1-10 Scale)

Paul Malignaggi

*Power: 5 (* indicates x200%)
Size: 7
Speed: 9
Stamina: 8
Defense: 8 (*indicates x200%)
Chin: 7
Cuts\Injury: 3
Heart\Killer Instinct: 8
Legs: 10
Jab\Reach: 9
In-Fighting: 6
Ring IQ: 8
Peak: 8

Marchetti Rating: 7.9 (1-10 Scale)

Ricky Hatton vs. Paul Malignaggi Tale-of-The Tape

Hatton

Ht. 5'7"
Wt. 140-147
Age: 30
Reach: 65"
Record: 44-1 (31)
Amateur Record: 73-7
Style: Pressure Fighter\Mauler
Best Punch: Left Hook

Malignaggi

Ht. 5'8"
Wt. 140-147
Age: 27
Reach: 70"
Record: 25-1, 5 KO's
Amateur record: 40-9
Style: Slickster\Runner
Best Punch: Straight Right

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