The ‘Magic Man’ Paulie Malignaggi has thrown his support behind September 17’s intriguing Canelo Alvarez v Liam Smith clash in America.

“I like that fight! If we’re not going to get the Golovkin fight, it’s a chance for Canelo to pick up another World Championship,” explained Malignaggi to FightHype.

Malignaggi himself picked up the vacant European Welterweight Title via his Italian roots back in December and whilst his future in the ring remains unclear, the New Yorker continues to supply fans with an impartial, informative perspective behind the microphone on fight nights.

“It’s a legitimate World Champion in Liam Smith coming over to the States and showcase himself, I like it,” concluded the former World Champion.

Watch the full interview with Paulie here: