2012-04-29 Paul Malignagi w rsc 9 Vyacheslav Senchenko, Donbass Arena, Donetsk, Ukraine - WBA
On 21 July, Diego Gabriel Chaves won the WBA ‘interim’ title when knocking out Ismael El Massoudi inside two rounds at the German Gymnastic Society Arena, Buenos Aires, Argentina. . Chaves made a successful defence of the WBA ‘interim’ title when stopping Jose Miranda inside two rounds at Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina on 22 September.
Due to defend the WBA title against Pablo Cesar Cano on 20 October at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, NYC, New York, USA, Malignaggi went ahead with the contest despite his rival coming in over the weight. Unable to lose the added weight in the allotted time given him, Cano also lost the 12-round points decision.