Joshua vs Whyte: Paulie Malignaggi picks up wide points win
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 13/12/15 3:40am
Paulie Malignaggi was a class above Antonio Moscatiello as he claimed a wide points victory at The O2.
The two-weight world champion withstood a late assault from the spirited Moscatiello, who was drafted in as a late replacement, and collected the EBU-EU welterweight title with scores of 119-110, 119-110 and 120-109 at The O2.
In the opening round, Malignaggi displayed his classy footwork, stabbing out crisp jabs and then skipping neatly out of range.
Moscatiello had not travelled to London for a sparring session and landed two rights on the veteran in the second round.
But Malignaggi's accurate jab has been a trusty weapon throughout his career and he continued to send stiff left hands into the face of the Milan man.
Despite a steady stream of punishment, Moscatiello plodded forward gamely and walked into a crisp right hand in the fifth round, although he did answer with a left hook of his own in the seventh.
As they headed into the later rounds, the legs of the 35-year-old Malignaggi lacked their usual bounce and was caught by hurtful body shots from Moscatiello in the 10th.
There was a brief moment of concern for Malignaggi in the last round as his legs were stiffened by a looping left hand, but the 'Magic Man' knew far too much for Moscatiello and nimbly stayed away from danger until the final bell.