Paul Malignaggi became a two-weight world champion on Sunday evening stopping previously unbeaten Vyacheslav Senchenko in the ninth round to capture the WBA welterweight strap.
Fighting at the Donbass Arena in Senchenko's hometown of Donetsk, Ukraine, Brooklyn native Malignaggi took away the home crowd advantage almost immediately with a punishing attack from start to finish.
There was a huge crowd turnout for WBC welterweight champion Ortiz who weighed in at 147lbs on the button, and hometown fighter Mayweather was roundly booed when he took to the scales to be recorded at 146.5lbs.
WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan has signed a new four-fight deal with American promoter Golden Boy Promotions.
Khan who joined the stable only last year has become one of Golden Boy’s marquee fighters after impressive performances on American soil against Paulie Malignaggi and Marcos Maidana.
In a fight that really lived up to its ‘Action Heroes’ billing, Argentine slugger Marcos Maidana won a majority decision over Mexican great Erik Morales.
No one expected the fight to go the distance; with many believing the old warrior Morales would fold under the heavy hands of Maidana. But Morales Morales shocked the naysayers with a typically courageous effort, standing toe-to-toe with the power-punching Argentinean and giving as good as he got.
Marcos Maidana and Erik Morales came together for the last time yesterday before their showdown in Golden Boy’s Action Heroes show later tonight.
Both fighters weighed in at 140lbs on the button for the card’s main event but undercard participant Paulie Malignaggi stole the show when he stripped down to reveal his own superhero outfit.
Stuart Hall vs John Donnelly
Saturday 9 April, 8pm, Sky Sports 3 & HD3
Unbeaten Hall is making the third defence of the British bantamweight title he won by beating Ian Napa in June last year and faces an opponent who is on a run of six straight wins following his solitary career defeat at the hands of Gavin Reid in 2008.
Marcos Maidana vs Erik Morales
Argentinean slugger Marcos Maidana and Mexican great Erik Morales came together yesterday, along with the rest of Golden Boy’s Action Heroes cast, for the final press conference before fight night.
Man of few words Maidana simply said, ‘My advisor said I should speak a little bit for this press conference. Some of us talk a little and others talk more. This is going to be a great event.’