The proposed fight between Paulie Malignaggi and Juan Diaz on August 22 in Houston, Texas is confirmed, DiBella Entertainment announced.
Malignaggi, a former IBF junior welterweight champion, and Diaz will meet at a catch weight of 138.5 lbs.
“I told Paulie to lay off his Grandma’s pasta and eat one less cannoli,” Lou DiBella said in a statement about Malignaggi dropping an extra pound or two. “Paulie is confident of his speed and boxing ability and is prepared to win in the lion’s den of Houston.”
“This is a fight between two guys looking to prove something. We are both coming of losses in big fights and we are both coming in hungry. Expect fireworks,” said Malignaggi.
- MARCUS HENRY