Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/7/14
Thirty-one-year-old former junior welterweight titlist Paulie Malignaggi (30-4, 6 KOs), who signed with Golden Boy Promotions at the end of 2010, is reaping the benefits of being well-connected with a WBA-mandated title shot against welterweight titlist Vyacheslav Senchenko (32-0, 21 KOs). Malignaggi, who has only fought two fights at the welterweight limit against unranked journeymen (Jose Miguel Cotto and Orlando Lora), has somehow found himself in the WBA's No. 2 slot and will be getting his world title opportunity no later than 90 days after the organization's Jan. 26 deadline for purse bids. Senchenko, 34, has made three successful defenses of his title against marginal opposition since taking the belt from Yuriy Nuzhnenko in April 2009. Of the two fighters, the Brooklyn native Malignaggi has the deeper resume, despite a tepid 3-2 mark in world title fights and one-sided recent beatings at the hands of Amir Khan and Ricky Hatton. The biggest career mark on the ledger of the ...

ESPN's Stuart Scott dies at 49

John Harbaugh: Joe Flacco is the best QB in football

Report: Mike Stoops to interview for LSU DC job

Steelers make mockery of NFL concussion protocol

Report: Giants out on Shields and Scherzer, in on Zobrist

Cardinals held to record-low 77 yards in ugly playoff loss


Steven Gerrard heading to MLS after Liverpool run ends

Report: Mike Shanahan is 'high' on 49ers' coaching list

AJ Green to miss playoff game with concussion

Derek Fisher: Knicks could shut Carmelo Anthony down

Jeff Driskel granted permission to transfer from Florida

Brook Lopez to play Wookiee in new 'Star Wars' movie?

Cardale Jones reveals uncle has two weeks to live

Cam Newton's fashion effort draws cheers and jeers

WATCH: Jon Jones does 'suck it' crotch chop to Cormier

WATCH: Terrell Suggs makes interception between his legs

Jon Jones hit on two waitresses during interview

WATCH: Steelers LB slaps Raven, avoids ejection

Bill Simmons takes jab at Skip Bayless

Dan Haren still unlikely to pitch for Marlins

Ohio town changing name for national championship game

WATCH: Notre Dame's Jerian Grant throws down huge dunk

Braxton Miller raises eyebrows with social media activity

WATCH: Florida RB may have had an accident after TD run

Boxing News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Harbaugh: Flacco is best QB in football

Stuart Scott: 1965-2015

WATCH: Jones does crotch chop

Steelers mack mockery of concussion protocol

Simmons takes jab at Skip Bayless

Cardinals set record in ugly loss

Report: Shanahan high on 49ers' list

Jerian Grant throws down monster dunk

Did Florida RB have an accident?

Jeff Driskel gets the OK to transfer

FSU players had cars vandalized?

WATCH: Rondo receives tribute in Boston return

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.