Freddie Roach predicts Senchenko's faster jab
The Difference vs. Malignaggi
WBA Welterweight Title Fight Apr. 29 Live On
Vyacheslav Senchenko & Freddie Roach
(Photo by Miguel Salazar)
Five-time Trainer of the Year
Freddie Roach predicts the jab of World Boxing Association ("WBA")
Welterweight Champion Vyacheslav Senchenko will be the difference in
hisApril 29 world title defense against challenger Paulie "Magic Man"
Malignaggi, airing live on pay per view from Donboss Arena in Donetsk,
Undefeated Senchenko (32-0, 21 KOs), rated No. 5 in the world by The Ring
Magazine, has been training at Roach's famed Wild Card Gym in Hollywood,
California. The 2000 Ukraine Olympian captured the WBA title in 2009,
winning a 12-round decision from previously undefeated Yuriy Nuzhnenko,
and Vyacheslav has successfully defended his world title belt three times:
Motoki Sasaki (DEC12), Charlie Jose Navarro (DEC12) and more recently
Marco Antonio Avendano (TKO6) last August in his last fight.
is a very, very good boxer with good technique," Roach recently said from
the Wild Card Gym. "He has good height and a good punch. He had a great
amateur background. The Ukraine has the No. 1 program in the world this
year. It has a very good program and Senchenko is very well schooled. His
jab is his best weapon and I think that will be the difference in this
fight. He has a faster jab than Malignaggi and it should control the
"I think Senchenko's boxing ability will enable him to out-score Paulie to
win a decision. Paulie is very game. He'll bring the fight and make it
exciting. Going to the Ukraine is not like going into hostile territory.
The promoter (Yuri Ruban, Union Boxing) over there is very fair. One time
I had a fighter from there - I thought he won - but he lost a decision at
home. There will be neutral judges and the winner will be the real
Senchenko vs. Malignaggi," presented by Union Boxing Promotion, is being
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The brash Malignaggi (30-4, 6 KOs)a former International Boxing Federation
("IBF") junior welterweight champion, is unbeaten since moving up to
welterweight with impressive wins against Michael Lozada (TKO6), Jose
Miguel Cotto (DEC10) and Orlando Lora (DEC10).
"Paulie has a lot of heart," Roach noted. "He always tries to win and
gives 100 percent. He came to my gym after he lost to Amir Khan - my
fighter - but I didn't have time to work with him. One of my best
trainers, Eric Brown, is training Paulie. It wouldn't have been fair for
me to watch Paulie train here to a fight a guy I train. A decision was
made by all of is that it would be better if Paulie didn't train here.
Paulie's getting ready for this fight at home (New York City but he
recently shifted training camp to Milan, Italy). There were no bad words
or feelings. Paulie's a nice kid. He speaks his mind and I like people
Training a fighter for an opponent trained by one of his assistant
trainers, like it is for Roach against the Browned-trained Malignaggi, is
something that just happens every once in a while. "It's a little unusual
but it does happen," Freddie concluded. "I may have a similar situation of
(Julio Cesar) Chavez (Jr.) fights Vanes (Martirosyan). I train and like
both of them. It's not fair.....maybe I'll stay at home. There's been talk
of Amir fighting Manny (Pacquiao) someday. I don't think it'll happen;
they respect each other so much, but business is business."
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