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Malignaggi not fighting Devon Alexander next

Image: Malignaggi not fighting Devon Alexander nextBy Dan Ambrose: For boxing fans that care, former IBF light welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (29-4, 6 KO’s) says he won’t be fighting Devon Alexander next. Malignaggi dismissed the idea of fighting Alexander on his twitter page today, although he still didn’t say who he will be fighting next.

There has been a lot of back and forth bickering between Malignaggi and Alexander on twitter, leaving many boxing fans thinking they would be fighting in the near future. Malignaggi hasn’t fought since beating Jose Miguel Cotto by a lopsided 10 round decision on April 9th in an exciting fight.

That was only the 2nd fight for Malignaggi at welterweight, and he’s looking a lot better at this weight than he did at light welterweight. However, Malignaggi still hasn’t taken on a top tier opponent yet. He could crumble if he’s put in with someone that can punch and fight. Malignaggi has lost three out of his last seven bouts in the last few years. At 30, Malignaggi can afford to sit idle for too long for fear that he could start losing his skills.

Alexander is coming off another poor performance, this time against Lucas Matthysse. Alexander got the win, but few fans think he actually beat Matthysee. Alexander is moving up to the welterweight division and wants to chase the big fights against the likes of Amir Khan, Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao.

Malignaggi still looks good and would give a lot of the welterweight contenders problems as long as he doesn’t face anyone with power like Mike Jones, Andre Berto or Victor Ortiz.

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