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Paulie Malignaggi reacts angrily to release of ‘knockdown’ footage

Unsurprisingly Paulie Malignaggi has reacted angrily to the release of footage which seemingly shows him being knocked down in sparring by Conor McGregor.

UFC president Dana White last night posted footage of the infamous second spar between Dublin debutant McGregor and retired former two-weight champ Paulie Malignaggi.

Malignaggi left the McGregor camp for the Floyd Mayweather August 26th fight after, among other things, compromising photos of him on the canvas were published by the Notorious camp.

In the aftermath Malignaggi claimed that the photos showed the result of a pushdown from McGregor, but the footage would look to dispute this.

However, Malignaggi has stated that nothing has changed from his original assertion, and that the snippet of footage, admittedly 20 seconds from a 2160 second spar, shows McGregor sending him to the canvas after pulling him behind the head and forcing him to trip over the Irish southpaw’s front foot.

The New Yorker has spent the whole day refuting the sparring footage on Twitter, dismissing talk that it was an actual legitimate knockdown.

Malignaggi also asserted that referee Joe Cortez, who was officiating the sparring session, did not rule it a knockdown

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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie