Former two-weight world champion Malignaggi earned a comfortable win by decision, while it was a battle of the exes as J-Lo’s ex-husband Ojani Noa lost to Kim Kardashian’s former flame Odom
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Paulie Malignaggi put a hole in the sails of celebrity boxing matches on Saturday night as he made light work of TikTok star Corey B.
The Brooklyn-born former two-time world champion taught his opponent a boxing lesson at the James L Knight Center in Miami, Florida.
Corey B – who has 7million followers on the social media platform – barely laid a glove on Malignaggi over the three round contest.
The retired Malignaggi, 40, has not boxed professionally since 2017 but has an impressive resume which includes the likes of Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan on his long list of top opponents.
He had boasted in the lead up to the fight that he could beat Corey B “with one hand tied behind my back”.
And the one-sided contest may be the first dent in the growing trend of social media personalities stepping into the ring which has seen the likes of YouTube star Jake Paul catapulted to stardom in the sport.
Malginaggi’s convincing victory by unanimous decision came on the same card as former NBA star Lamar Odom’s bout with actor and producer Ojani Noa, who was previously married to pop star Jennifer Lopez.
Odom – whose former spouses include Kim Kardashian – was originally due to face former undisputed world heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe, until the 54-year-old’s late withdrawal opened the door for Noa.
The towering basketball legend (6ft 10ins) had a nine-inch height advantage over Noa (6ft 1ins) and made it count, largely sticking behind his jab to also win by decision following the three-round match-up.
It is Odom’s second victory in the ring after he knocked out pop star Aaron Carter in the second round of his previous bout.
American TV personality Benzino now wants a piece of the ex-LA Lakers forward and entered the ring after the match to call him out.
“I wasn’t impressed with that. I wasn’t impressed with that fight. Hey Damon [Feldman, Celebrity Boxing founder], I want a shot at the champ.”
It is believes Feldman took the decision to pull Bowe out of the fight due to health concerns, following Evander Holyfield’s disastrous exhibition fight defeat to Vitor Belfort last month.
Odom has already revealed he will continue to compete in more bouts going forward after joining forces with Feldman to run the business.
“I’m a part owner in Celebrity Boxing,” he said last week. “So if I gotta keep fighting to keep building the brand, I don’t see no problem with that, being a businessman.”
Meanwhile, the aforementioned Paul is yet to announce who his next opponent will be after his points victory over ex-UFC star Tyron Woodley at the end of August.
Paul has since mocked Woodley after his rival followed up on their wager struck before the bout for the loser to be tattooed with the winner’s name.
The pair could yet have a rematch, though Paul continues to talk up a fight with Tyson Fury’s brother and Love Island star, Tommy.
Paul insists he is now a fully-fledged boxer and is targeting world titles and bigger fights down the line, including against Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez.
Alvarez responded to the claims this week, telling FightHype :”We don’t know, you can never say never.
“We’ll see in the future. He isn’t ready yet. He needs to keep improving, and good luck to him.”
Paul has also started up his own promotions company and has just signed Amanda Serrano to his roster ahead of a potential clash with Irish two-weight world champion Katie Taylor.
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