Champion Khan and New York challenger Malignaggi weighed in amid noisy scenes as a group of the Englishman’s fans chanted their hero’s name and booed the American. And when the two fighters went head to head for pictures, they touched heads and were seen arguing before they began pushing each other.
Chaos erupted as others became involved and the stage filled with people. Both fighters were pulled from the scene.
Malignaggi’s promoter Lou DiBella was furious. “This is amateur,” DiBella screamed. “The public was not supposed to be here. One more thing like this and I’m pulling (Malignaggi) out of the fight. My guy got roughed up by his people. Some gentleman. Go back to England.”
Malignaggi weighted in at 139lb, with Khan half an ounce heavier.
Khan defends his title in the early hours tomorrow having said he wanted to make Malignaggi pay for his accusations of doping in trainer Freddie Roach’s camp.