Paulie Malignaggi's staying awful busy for a retired man.
"The Magic Man," who defeated journeyman Laszlo Fazekas in his first Italian bout this past September, will make his second appearance in the UK when he faces EBU welterweight champ Gianluca Branco on the undercard of the December 12th Anthony Joshua vs. Dillian Whye-led London card.
Malignaggi (34-7, 7 KO), who turned 35 just recently, had lost three of four before taking a decision over Fazekas, including two brutal drubbings at the hands of Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia. He last held a world title belt in 2013, when Andien Broner took the WBA belt Malignaggi had himself taken from Vyacheslav Senchenko and successfully defended once.
Branco (49-3-1, 24 KO) has been fighting since 1995, turned 45 this year, and hasn't fought since November of 2014, when he won the vacant EBU title by stopping aging Pole Rafal Jackiewicz. His three losses are to the three best opponents he's faced: Arturo Gatti, Miguel Cotto, and Matthew Hatton.
One of those things is not like the other.
It's a conceivably winnable fight for Malignaggi and Branco isn't as likely to deal him the sort of beatings Paulie's endured in the past, so I can't complain too much.
The rest of the undercard features a bevy of local favourites, including Kevin Mitchell, Tony Bellew, Chris Eubank, Jr., Josh Warrington, and 2012 gold medalist Luke Campbell, none of them in particularly difficult fights.