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Canelo Dodging Contenders? Malignaggi Calls for Title Stripping!

Paulie Malignaggi takes on Canelo Alvarez
Paulie Malignaggi takes on Canelo Alvarez

Boxing legend Paulie Malignaggi has reignited the controversy surrounding Canelo Alvarez’s upcoming Cinco De Mayo fight, accusing the undisputed super-middleweight champion of “gimme matchups” and dodging fellow contenders.

Alvarez’s recent announcement of an American opponent for his May 4th bout left fans underwhelmed, especially considering the stacked 168lb division boasting exciting names like Jaime Munguia, David Morrell, and David Benavidez, all sharing Mexican heritage with the champion.

Malignaggi, a two-division world champion himself, echoed the disappointment on his YouTube channel, Paulie TV. He slammed the upcoming fight as a “gimme matchup” and questioned why Canelo hasn’t faced harsher consequences for seemingly avoiding tougher challenges. “Is it time to strip him of his titles?” Malignaggi provocatively asked his viewers.

Paulie Malignaggi takes on Canelo Alvarez
Paulie Malignaggi takes on Canelo Alvarez

This isn’t the first time Canelo’s fight selections have drawn criticism. Fans and pundits have previously accused him of prioritizing commercially appealing bouts over facing the most deserving contenders. The upcoming Cinco De Mayo fight, with its focus on the American market, further fuels these accusations.

Canelo’s team has defended his choices, highlighting his accomplishments and the freedom afforded to undisputed champions in selecting opponents. However, the ongoing debate raises questions about competitive integrity and fighter obligations within the sport.

With Malignaggi’s comments adding fuel to the fire, the boxing world awaits Canelo’s next move. Will he address the criticisms and consider facing higher-ranked contenders? Or will he continue on his chosen path, potentially risking further tarnishing his legacy? Only time will tell.

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