Paulie Malignaggi and Lou DiBella had one of the more successful boxer-promoter relationships, but their 10-year run ended recently after Malignaggi's 11th-round TKO loss to Amir Khan in May at Madison Square Garden. DiBella, who even produced a documentary about Malignaggi, confirmed the breakup to Newsday.
"Paulie and I split amicably," DiBella said. "We worked out a settlement. I have great admiration for the kid, and I wish him nothing but the best. We had 10 really good years together, but when you're together with a kid from the time he's 19 until basically 30, the dynamics of your relationship change. Rather than have increased conflict, we worked out a separation."
Malignaggi, who turns 30 in November, has lost three of his past five bouts and was stopped in two of them. Main Events promoter Kathy Duva recently suggested Malignaggi might make a good opponent for Zab Judah Oct. 2 at the Prudential Center if Judah can't get a title shot at one of the 140-pound champions.
But DiBella said of Malignaggi, "I think he's inclined to move up to 147, and Judah isn't going to fight above 140." Judah's win over Jose Armando Santa Cruz on July 16 was at a catch weight of 143, so, it's possible Judah and Malignaggi could meet at that weight. However, Malignaggi needs to get back on the winning track at this stage, and Judah isn't the opponent to help him do that.