Navid Mansouri’s Italian job with champ

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ROTHERHAM light-middleweight Navid Mansouri has profited from a ‘magic’ work-out and clearly so did Paulie Malignaggi.

Rotherham’s new stadium is going to be named after the Big Apple and Mansouri, aged 23, thoroughly enjoyed sparring with the Italian-New Yorker in Milan.

The work out must have been useful to both parties as ‘Magic Man’ Malignaggi won the WBA welterweight world title on Sunday in Ukraine.

Malignaggi stopped the previously unbeaten Vyacheslav Senchenko in Donetsk and Mansouri was happy to see a win for his new friend.

He said: “It was a wicked experience. His speed and sharpness were unreal. He’s absolute class.

“I tried to fight the way Senchenko did but with a bit more movement and I knew that Paul would beat him and I kept telling him that.

“I was delighted when I saw the result. He’s a nice guy too and down to earth. It would be a great fight, him and Kell Brook.”

Both Senchenko and Malignaggi have been mooted as possible opponents for Brook but now Senchenko’s lost his world title, he’s lost a bargaining chip and Malignaggi has gained one.

Senchenko is reluctant to fight outside of the Ukraine anyway but Brook was already on Malignaggi’s case on Twitter.

Brook tweeted: “Congratulations...when we getting it on?” The prolific tweeter Malignaggi responded: “Let me enjoy my victory.”

It seems unlikely that Malignaggi would be available for Brook’s next date at the Motorpoint Arena on July 7 but a future match-up, maybe even at Madison Square Garden could be on the cards.

Mansouri is set to return to the ring at the Magna Centre on June 8 against Nathan Graham.