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Paulie Malignaggi admitted he only had himself to blame for his hair problems.

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I messed up, admits Magic Man after hair scare

Paulie Malignaggi admitted his own hair-brained idea nearly backfired against Lovemore N'dou. The Magic Man was upstaged by his new braids as he struggled to retain his IBF light-welterweight crown in the chief support to Ricky Hatton's Homecoming showdown with Juan Lazcano. The new style was supposed to wow English fans but it worked against Malignaggi as it continually came loose, had to be taped up three times and was eventually cut off by his cornerman after the eighth round. And although the New Yorker blamed his lacklustre showing on a damaged right hand, he admitted that his hair had not helped. "This is definitely an F and L - first and last - with my hair," he told Sky Sports. "My hair made more of a statement that I did! It was unbelievable. "If I'd have known it would be this much trouble... look they're still picking up pieces of my hair from the ring. It's unbelievable. "It is my fault. Lovemore was doing it on purpose as well - he's a veteran, he was pulling my head down and making it come loose. I thought he could have had a point taken away, but it's OK." Malignaggi's first win over N'dou that saw him crowned IBF champion was by a much wider margin than the 115-114 116-112 116-113 verdict he edged this time. He put that down to referee Micky Vann letting the fight flow but insisted if he had not hurt his hand in the sixth, he would have put on a show for the watching British public - and next opponent Ricky Hatton. "Micky Vann let us work, so Lovemore can't complain like he did last time about not being able to work," he said. "If I'd had two hands I would've been able to put together more combinations. You saw in the first fight I put together a lot of combinations against Lovemore, but tonight I couldn't do it. I was a one-handed fighter. "I think I broke my right hand around the sixth."

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