Malignaggi on the Ennis-Chukhadzhian fight, Mickey Mouse style and boxing politics


The conqueror of two divisions and the current TV commentator Italian-American Paul Malignaggi is disappointed with what is happening in the world of boxing.

Over the weekend in Washington (USA), the vacant interim IBF welterweight title was contested – American Jaron Ennis (30-0, 27 KOs) passed Ukrainian Karen Chukhadzhyan (21-2, 11 KOs) without any problems, but did not please with performance.

Opinion Malignaggi: Ennis is a good fighter. But he fought a very skillful guy. Yes, Karen is a runner. But, as for me, Jaron won easily. I think this fight is a good lesson for Boots and his team. They need to work on how to cut the corners of the ring a little more effectively, use footwork, learn how to close escape routes. But, to be honest, I believe that few people will be able to look good against Chukhadzhyan.

Malignaggi “would love to see Ennis against the rest of the top fighters in the division. He is very talented. And do not forget that if you do not raise the level of opposition, do not take the fighters to the titles for a long time, then they will soon lose motivation. He already has 30 fights in the asset. For example, I first entered the belt when I had 9 less fights behind me. And to be honest, I wasn’t 100% ready. I wasn’t as ready as Ennis is.”

“It’s all this damn boxing politics,” the expert is dissatisfied. “They’re just holding him back. They came up with a temporary belt for him to keep quiet. Bro what the fuck? Why do we need another Mickey Mouse belt? And all why? Yes, because everyone is waiting for the negotiations between Terence Crawford and Errol Spence to get out of the impasse and find themselves at the finish line. It should not be. It’s not fair. First of all, in relation to fighters like Ennis and Virgil Ortiz.

Yesterday, Ennis’ coach blamed Choukhadzhian for not knocking him out, but claims that they are, in their own way, glad they couldn’t win ahead of schedule. And Jaron did say: “I take my hat off to Chukhadzhyan.”