He said he'd pull it off, go into the other guy's homebase and take his title, and he also said he'd Tweet in between rounds. Big mouth on that Paulie Malignaggi, but damned if he didn't pull it off. Malignaggi, who takes some abuse on Twitter from (mostly) British fight fans who bust on him and call him "Pillow Fist," showed that his pillows got pop; the Brooklyn-bred hitter, who lives in LA, stopped out Vyacheslav Senchenko in round nine of their tussle Sunday for Senchenko's WBA 147 pound crown.
He Tweeted twice during the event, held in the titlist's neck of the woods, Donetsk, first querying, "How am I looking????" and then, right before the judges spoke, "If I get robbed!!" Both Tweets had the hashtag #TK, for Twitter King, installed. "I told everyone I was going to tweet during rounds. I think I only tweeted twice but that s--t was hard and wont do it again," he declared, before adding, "I lied. My next fight I'll be Tweeting again hahaha."
As a further smooch to his social media adherents, the boxer, whose record rose to 31-4 with 7 stops, he had "#TK" stitched onto the back of his trunks. The stoppage was his second since 2003, for the record, though it seems he's on something of a power tear, having finished off Michael Lozada early in December 2010.
For those curious, no, he didn't Tweet with his tongue. A trusted team-member tapped out the Tweets as directed by the now two-time champ. "I want to thank everyone who supported me and had my back!!!! I love you all," he Tweeted hours after the victory.
At age 31, left for professional dead by many pundits after he was owned by Amir Khan in their 2010 scrap, it is clear that the title win is more than a bit meaningful to the boxer. He had to at least consider that he was just about washed up at age 30, no easy thing to wrap your brain around for any being.
"Call me Pillowfist now!!!!" he gloated after the sweet occasion Sunday. Later, "I'm Tweeting while trying to take a piss LOLL," the boxer wrote.
The odd haters aside, most within the sport are happy to see the mouthy one get this done; he's someone who makes the most of his skills, and has an excess of personality which makes the writer's job that much easier. Long live the Twitter King, possessor of much more character than 140's worth.