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Devon Alexander Moving to Welterweight, Wants Malignaggi

Paulie Malignaggi would be happy to face Devon Alexander. (Photo by John Gichigi/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Paulie Malignaggi would be happy to face Devon Alexander. (Photo by John Gichigi/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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Trainer Kevin Cunningham tells Ryan Burton that Devon Alexander will be moving to welterweight after three straight tepid performances at 140 pounds, and that his fighter wants the brash and critical Paulie Malignaggi when he moves up:

"Paulie talked s**t about Devon after the Bradley fight. He can be the first to get it at 147," said Cunningham.

Back in January when Alexander lost to Timothy Bradley in Pontiac, Mich., on HBO, Malignaggi was highly critical of Alexander, in response to Alexander apparently criticizing Malignaggi in the past:

It's easy to cast judgements on other fighters when you aint never been tested, saturday night your first time facing adversity you quit like the punk most of us suspected always were, remember somthing, u dont throw stones if you live in a glass house! Win or lose you won't ever see me quit! I fight until the end. You can question my power, my attitude but you can't question my heart! Man up punk. less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Malignaggi referenced being disrespected by Alexander in the past, but I couldn't find anything other than Alexander's honest assessment and preview of Khan vs Malignaggi in 2010, where he favored Khan but Malignaggi had a chance if Khan couldn't handle slickness, saying, "Malignaggi's not a pushover or anything like that."

Here's what Malignaggi had to say on Twitter today:

You have big balls callin me out, when you lost your last 3 fights.less than a minute ago via Mobile Web Favorite Retweet Reply

Pretty simple and plain. Malignaggi tells Ryan Burton that his hand is still healing and he's on vacation in Sicily, but will be in touch with Golden Boy Promotions to set up a fight. He's already said he won't fight in St. Louis, but with Alexander almost surely not going to New York to face Malignaggi, where does that leave? It's not a Vegas fight, Atlantic City is often considered home field for New Yorkers. Malignaggi's neutral grounds rematch with Juan Diaz was in Chicago, which I still feel is an underutilized fight city that could turn into a great one again if anyone would promote there on a regular basis besides local promoters. Chicago might be perfect for this one. Or they could go back to the Silverdome.

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