Vyacheslav Senchenko defends his WBA welterweight title against Paulie Malignaggi on Sunday.
Tomorrow afternoon on American time, New York's Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi looks to win a world title in a second weight class as he'll face WBA welterweight titlist Vyacheslav Senchenko in Donetsk, Ukraine. Today, the fighters weighed in for the bout.
Senchenko (32-0, 20 KO) came in at 146.6 pounds on the scales, with Malignaggi (30-4, 6 KO) at 145.8. Malignaggi is a small welterweight, so seeing him over a pound light is no surprise, and shouldn't lead anyone to suspect that he overtrained or the like. I mean, maybe he did, but we won't know that until tomorrow.
This morning we previewed the Senchenko vs Malignaggi fight, and I found it hard to find a realistic, logical way to pick Malignaggi to win, but he's come back from tough stretches and bad losses before. We'll have live round-by-round coverage of the full card tomorrow afternoon, so make sure you're here with us. After the jump, more photos, plus weights from the undercard.
WBA INTER-CONTINENTAL CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP - CO-FEATURE - 12 ROUNDS
IAGO KILADZE (18-0 (12 KOs), Champion, Donetsk, Ukraine 199.5 LBS.
JULIEN PERRIAUX (15-8, 8 KOs), Challenger, Saint-Dizier, Haute-Marne, France 196.8 LBS.
WBA INTER-CONTINENTAL FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP - 12 ROUNDS
OLEH YEFIMOVYCH (21-2, 11 KOs), Champion, Donetsk, Ukraine 125.5 LBS.
SERGIO SANTILLAN (29-11-3, 14 KOs), Challenger, Buenos Aires, Distro Federal, Argentina 125.2 LBS.
IBC LIGHT WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP - 12 ROUNDS
VOLODYMYR KRAVETS (25-1, 15 KOs), Champion, Donetsk, Ukraine 139.2 LBS.
ABDOULAYE SOUKOUNA (14-10-6, 1 KO), Challenger, Vitry-sur-Seine, Val-de-Marne, France 139.7 LBS.
Also in attendance was Evander Holyfield, since Holyfield routinely shows up at these type of events to ... I'm not sure, really. He's just there because I guess he adds ... again, I'm not really sure. "Star power"?