Vyacheslav Senchenko vs. Paul Malignaggi
2012-04-29 : Vyacheslav Senchenko 146½ lbs lost to Paul Malignaggi 145¾ lbs by TKO at 1:10 in round 9 of 12
- Location: Donbass Arena, Donetsk, Ukraine
- Referee: Steve Smoger
- Judge: Jean-Louis Legland 77-75
- Judge: Francisco Martinez 75-77
- Judge: Guillermo Perez Pineda 75-77
- World Boxing Association World Welterweight Title (4th defense of Senchenko)
- Promoter: Union Boxing Promotion (Yuriy Ruban)
- Ring Announcer: Michael Buffer
- Aired On: Inter (Ukraine), Integrated Sports Media PPV (USA), BoxNation (UK)
- Senchenko was a 4-1 betting favorite.
- Malignaggi's first KO or stoppage win in a world title bout and only the seventh in his entire 35 bout career.
- Malignaggi, 31, used rapid combinations from angles, and offered no target with fast movement to outbox the slow moving Senchenko, who at 35 showed effects of age.
- Malignaggi used accurate jab combinations in the early going to break the nose of the 32-0 Senchenko, the Boxrec's #9 welterweight.
- Maliganggi landed numerous overhand rights to the face which scored all night to bruise, swell, cut, and eventually completely close the left eye of Senchenko by the end of round six.
- Desperate Senchenko abandoned offense in round 9 to try for a ko. Malignaggi scored with right hands to head-and body shots-forcing referee Steve Smoger to stop the contest at 1:10.
- Malignaggi wins the WBA world title and cracks the Boxrec top ten worldwide, his fourth win in a world title bout in seven opportunities.
- Malignaggi makes a bid for a rematch with Amir Khan with this win, his best to date.
- 32 of 33 of Senchenko's bouts were in the Ukraine, one in Russia. First loss for the 32-0 champion Senchenko.
- Third foreign fight for Maliganggi, after Lovemore Ndou and Michael Lozada.
- Fourth consecutive win for Malignaggi at welterweight after 31 bouts at light welterweight.
- Most noteworthy win for a foreign fighter attempting to win a world title against an unbeaten champion in the Ukraine.
- Senchenko was 32-0. This was his first pro loss since his 2002 debut, and since he lost in the final 16 of the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.