In a fight that few people saw, and I'm sure even fewer will report on, Paulie Malignaggi defeated the WBA's welterweight beltholder, undefeated Vyacheslav Senchenko, on Sunday to claim his second world title. Actually, saying Malignaggi "defeated" Senchenko is an understatement. The Magic Man whipped Senchenko, using superior mobility to work the angles and mount a quick-fisted, combination-punching offense. Malignaggi is often (and justifiably) labeled a feather fist, but last night saw him claim his first ever world title fight stoppage, absolutely shredding Senchenko's face en route to a TKO9.
Credit: Team Malignaggi
I expected Malignaggi to score an upset victory, although his domination of Senchenko came as something of a shock. Although Senchenko has fought almost his entire career on his home turf of the Ukraine, and his opposition rose above the journeyman level for the first time in Malignaggi, he always struck me as a well-schooled, rugged fighter.
My private predictio...