Diaz-Malignaggi II nearly done
Juan Diaz-Malignaggi II is back on for Dec. 12.
The junior welterweights were close to a deal for a sequel of their controversial August fight but it fell apart about a week ago when Diaz pulled out of negotiations, reportedly over money. However, Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions said the parties have returned to the table and are close to an agreement.
“I’m trying to finalize it,” he said.
The fight would take place in either Chicago or Las Vegas and be televised on HBO After Dark, Schaefer said.
Diaz defeated Malignaggi by a unanimous decision on Aug. 22 in Houston, Diaz’s home town, but most observers thought the fight was very close. Malignaggi had predicted he would get screwed in the scoring and claimed in the ring afterward that he was.
One judge, Gale Van Hoy, scored it 118-110 for Diaz, adding to the controversy.
“I think one of the most talked-about fights on the internet is Diaz-Malignaggi II. I think people really want to see it,” Schaefer said.
Victor Ortiz, coming off a devastating knockout loss to Marcos Maidana and wrist surgery, is scheduled to fight on the Diaz-Malignaggi card. His opponent has yet to be determined.
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