Paulie Malignaggi retires on 19th anniversary of first amateur match

Mar 09, 2017 456

BY: Dan Rafael

Paulie Malignaggi, who won world titles in two weight classes and got as much out of his ability as he possibly could, announced his retirement from boxing on Monday -- the 19th anniversary of his first boxing match as an amateur. Malignaggi's announcement, made via social media, came two days after he suffered an eighth-round knockout loss on a brutal left hook to the body from Sam Eggington on the Tony Bellew-Davis Haye undercard at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday.

"19 years ago today - March 6, 1998 - I entered the ring for the first time as an amateur. That makes this as good a time as any for me to officially announce my retirement from competition," Malignaggi wrote. "My life is in a place 19 years later that I never dreamed it could be in. And I have boxing to thank for that. I gave absolutely everything I had to this sport for almost 2 decades, and I will never lose the many, many incredible memories that were created during that time."

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