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Malignaggi Remains Unbeaten
By George J. Elsasser (June 20, 2004) 
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The June 17 ShoBox offering from the desert of Laughlin, NV arrived a bit tardy here at the east coast because of a blackout of the outdoor lights, and so it was nearing "today" when the twin-bill travesty got underway.

Trust me, I only hung out because of a need to see if my initial peek at Brooklyn’s Paul Malignaggi was on the money … it was!

Undefeated at a now 18-0, 5 KOs after cruising to a lopsided unanimous decision over a made to order foe in Ramiro Cano, a southpaw about as easy to read as a pre-kindergarten coloring book. But then, what did you expect, a threat to the "hot dog" with all the trimmings, before it pays off in big dividends and the bubble bursts big time?

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And so it went all Malignaggi from start to finish over his frustrated dance partner with an inflated 18-1 with 14 by knockout opponent, and you have to wonder about the quality of this guy’s victims as well.

Official numbers went Malignaggi 100-91,100-91, 99-91, my unofficial went 98-92 in points and 8-2 in rounds for the winner.

Post Scripts: Malignanni ~ very nice moves, good balance, excellent feel for timing, as in playing to the cameras and spectators at ringside; that changes when he meets a serious threat with some clout .The offense nothing more than slapstick comedy; illusion of speed and quickness of hand is nothing more than gym sparring at best. Best shot I see is a spot alongside the sword-swallower, fat lady, two-headed guy at that Coney Island boardwalk of no returns.

Semi-final scheduled eight-round junior middleweight, and intended showcaser, featured undefeated Sechew Powell at 12-0, 9 stops facing expected victim Grady Brewer at age 33 with 17-8, 11 knockouts.

Was first peek at Powell, dozen fights coming in and already a "promising prospect," and with no snap to judgement intended, gimme a break. The guy is a stiff; either that or maybe he knew something we didn’t about Grady baby.

Over opening four candles all in attendance are cured of insomnia … cautious doesn’t come close.

Southpaw Powell wants it on the outside and Brewer wants it on the inside, and then stanza five and a looping Brewer left-hand and Powell "prospect" is down, and from then on the thing deteriorates as in "non-contact sport."

My unofficial had it Brewer 4-3-1 in rounds and 77-75 in point scoring ~ official hacks at ringside saw it Powell 76-75 twice and Brewer 76-75 once; so much for the today "instant" fame labels.

Referee Jay Nady: Have long since seen enough of this fool. Only interest left is in asking just what is all this "salute" nonsense as name is shouted by ring announcer. Perhaps a salutation, gesture of camaraderie maybe? Unless that Judah inflicted choking in the Tszyu stoppage has earned him honorary combat veteran recognition.


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