|Event Time||Apr 29, 2012 1:00 PM EDT|
|Date Available OnDemand||Apr 29, 2012 6:00 PM EDT|
|Event Type||Fight - Boxing|
|Availability||Available in all countries|
Event Videos and Bouts
The pound-for-pound king of sports distribution in North America, announced today that it will distribute the World Boxing Association ("WBA") Welterweight Championship fight between undefeated champion Vyacheslav Senchenko and No. 2-ranked challenger Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi, April 29 live from Donboss Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine.
Senchenko, a 2000 Ukraine Olympian, is rated No. 5 by The Ring Magazine. He captured the WBA 147-pound title in 2009, winning a 12-round decision against previously undefeated Yuriy Nuzhnenko. Vyacheslav has successfully defended his world title belt three times against Motoki Sasaki (DEC12), Charlie Jose Navarro (DEC12) and Marco Antonio Avendano (TKO6) last August in his last action.
Malignaggi (30-4, 6 KOs) won the International Boxing Federation ("IBF") light welterweight title in 2007, when he took a 12-round decision from defending champ Lovemore Ndou. Pauli defended that belt twice versus Herman Ngoudjo (DEC12) and Ndou (DEC12) in a rematch, before losing to Ricky Hatton (TKO11). Since moving up to welterweight, after losing a WBA title fight to Amir Khan (TKO11), Malignaggi is unbeaten with victories against Michael Lozada (TKO6), Jose Miguel Cotto (DEC10) and Orlando Lora (DEC10).
The events undercard includes: World Boxing Council ("WBC") Inter-Continental Cruiserweight Champion Iago Kildaze (18-0, 12 KOs) defends his belt against WBC Mediterranean title-holder Julien Perriauz (15-8, 12 KOs) in the 12-round co-feature.
WBC Inter-Continental Featherweight Champion Oleh "Doctor" Yefimovych, the WBA No. 12 ranked and top European contender, defends against South American challenger Sergio Carlos "El Tigre" Santillan (29-11-3, 14 KOs) in the third of five 12-round championship matches. Senchenko and stable-mate Yefimovych are both trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach.
Also fighting on the undercard is 2004 Ukrainian Olympian Volodymyr Kravests (25-1, 15 KOs), defending his International Boxing Council ("IBC") welterweight crown against French champion Abdoulaye Soukouna (14-10-6, 1 KO).
Ukrainian favorite Andy Kudryavtsev (39-9, 17 KOs) takes on undefeated Frenchman Samir Ziani (10-0-1, 2 KOs) for the vacant WBA International Lightweight Championship.
International favorite Michael Buffer will be the ring announcer.