'Showtime' Shawn Porter has sent out a massive message to all welterweights by destroying the veteran Paulie Malignaggi on Saturday night.
Porter, aged 26, became the IBF world champion last December by beating fellow American Devon Alexander at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Porter was the surprise winner on the night and came into this fight with 33-year-old Malignaggi wanting to prove that he is a world class welterweight.
Malignaggi is a veteran fighter who has enjoyed something of a resurgence in his career in the last few years after taking up commentary. He's knowledge of the noble art has improved as a result of his analysis of fights through commentating.
Malignaggi is the better known boxer having been in with the likes of Zab Judah, Adrien Broner, Amir Khan, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto. He was expected to provide a tough test for the emerging Porter and had his sights set firmly on becoming a world champion again.
Porter simply destroyed Malignaggi in a fashion not seen before. The New Yorker is a smart and durable fighter, but he was unable to stand up to Porter's intensity and punch-power.
Porter wobbled his opponent several times in the first few rounds and looked to be in complete control of the fight. He went on to floor Malignaggi in the 4th with a big right hand. Malignaggi returned to his feet but looked in real trouble as Porter piled on the pressure and finished the contest.
Porter has sent out a big message to all the great boxers who fight it out in the Welterweight division and has shown everyone that he has seriously dangerous power. To beat Malignaggi is one thing but to have completely dismantled him in such a fashion is highly impressive.
Porter will now go on to defend his belt in the summer against his mandatory challenger and our very own Kell Brook. The fight is extremely likely to be held in the US due to the power of Goldenboy and the lack of media coverage that Porter has received in the UK.
Brook is an extremely talented fighter who has had to endure some very tough times in recent years and is a man who will be determined to become world champion. 'Special K' has endured a real saga since becoming number one contender with a serious of injuries to himself and to the champion he was supposed to fight at the time, Devon Alexander.
This promises to be an intriguing and exciting fight as both men have fan-friendly styles which are likely to gel. Brook should look to use his classy boxing skills to out-fox the champion.
Calling a winner at this stage is very tough as both men have legitimate reasons to claim they will win. Porter will be the favourite heading into the fight as the champion but Brook has a very good chance of creating an upset and throwing his name into the mix of the world's best boxers in this highly competitive weight division.
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