Paulie Malignaggi (36 – 8, 7KO) has been one of boxing’s most colourful and enigmatic characters over the last decade.

As a former super lightweight world champion, his record boasts some of the most impressive fighters of the modern generation and he has been involved in some notoriously intense build ups. Cotto, Khan, Hatton, Garcia, Broner, you name them he’s fought them all.

As a fighter he ducked nobody and as a retired fighter he now graces us with his technical breakdowns of fights and his knowledge of the sweet science.

We caught up with him to discuss and celebrate some of the highs and lows of his career, to talk about he excitement being generated on the UK boxing scene and his role in boxing going forward.

Paulie is next in action on Friday as he commentates on the PBE Official show at the B.E.C Arena in Manchester, streamed live by UNILAD.

Interview by Aky Karim