Mauler-Brawler Porter Too Strong For Malignaggi, Wins TKO4

BY Michael Woods ON April 19, 2014
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Shawn Porter put the IBF welter title he snagged from Devon Alexander up for grabs against Paul Malignaggi on Saturday night in DC, and on Showtime. But his power was apparent from early on, and the Magic Man couldn't keep Porter off of him.

Paulie went down in the fourth, and got up, but ate a few rights, went down again, and couldn't get up.

Porter stood out, for his power, and his accuracy, and it is clear that nobody, not anybody, is thinking he's an ESPN level fighter.

After the bout, Jim Gray spoke to Porter. He said Paulie told him he was a great pro. Paulie after the bout told Gray that he wants Porter to be great, so he didn't lose to an average fighter. He said he isn't sure if he will continue fighting.

Porter (age 26) out of Ohio, was seen as an ESPN level fighter till he beat Devon.

Malignaggi (age 33; 33-5 entering) entered looking for his fourth world title.

In the first, they started off rumbling. Paulie got cut under his left eye, but stayed focused, used his feints, his rights to the body, and lateral movement. Porter bumrushed him and ate rights in return. They clinched a few times, and it was clear we'd see more of that.

In the second, Porter landed a sharp right, then another. Paulie's footwork was of a higher grade, but he ate two lefts which buzzed him a tiny bit. Porter mauled him on the ropes, and Paulie had to clinch. Trainer Eric Brown asked Paulie not to get into a brawl. The left hook which scored so well was a leaper, a Floyd Patterson special, which landed as Paulie backed straight back.

In the third, a right buzzed Paulie. The power edge for Porter was apparent early. Paulie started jabbing and had Porter thinking some. "We don't wanna brawl, we wanna box," Brown said after.

In the fourth, Paulie went down, at 2:45. He said he was hit on the back of his head. It looked like it was on the ear, a sharp left. He went down again, and couldn't get up. The final blows, a few rights, mostly, sent Paulie down, on his back, unable to get up, at 1:14, via TKO.

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ultimoshogun says:

"Go be great." I couldn't stand Paulie when he first arrived on the scene, but since he's been commentating he's grown on me for some reason. That was a pretty special moment there at the end with Paulie telling Porter to "go be great" with tears streaming down his face...very classy. That was only my second time watching Porter, he's now on my must see list.

Radam G says:

A dumb, dangerous bout for Paulie to take from the jump. And he was too obsessed about is Da Manny a great fighter or not? Paulie ran off at the mouth and mocked Porter for calling Da Manny one of the greatest of all times.

Stick with the new career of being a talking head. For you, Paulie, your fighting days are dead. And about Da Manny, quit going off the edge. Holla!

Radam G says:

A dumb, dangerous bout for Paulie to take from the jump. And he was too obsessed about is Da Manny a great fighter or not? Paulie ran off at the mouth and mocked Porter for calling Da Manny one of the greatest of all times.

Stick with the new career of being a talking head. For you, Paulie, your fighting days are dead. And about Da Manny, quit going off the edge. Holla!

oubobcat says:

Malignaggi relied on his legs throughout his career but when you get older the speed is just not the same. But its hard to change your style as a fighter. Malignaggi was so fast he used to get away with one of the cardinal sins in boxing and that was pulling straight back with his hands down. The speed was not there tonight and Porter was smart in that when Malignaggi pulled straight back he followed throwing the left hook. Excellent job by Porter seeing this and that combined with his size and strength advantage allowed him to take care of Malignaggi like nobody else has done before.

Domenic says:

Paulie got absolutely thrashed. Very early on, his facial expression showed that he couldn't handle Porter's power. It almost reminded me of Gatti's last fight against Gomez (and Gomez is no Shawn Porter, of course). As for Porter, he looked sensational. Not sure how much can be attributed to last night's version of Paulie being made to order, but I'm tuning in for Porter every time he gloves up. The story here is Shawn Porter. This guy's a wrecking ball.

Good win for Hopkins. I had him winning 118-109 (gave Shumenov the first 2 rounds due to Hopkins simply not throwing anything, then all the rest with a 10-8). Stylistically, the guy was perfect for Hopkins, as Al Bernstein kept pointing out, as he was content to fight the fight as if the burner was on low (or warm). Shumenov needed more Shawn Porter in him.

Good night of boxing on Showtime (love how they re-run it repeatedly on their other channels as I'm watching it again now).

Carmine Cas says:

Malignaggi relied on his legs throughout his career but when you get older the speed is just not the same. But its hard to change your style as a fighter. Malignaggi was so fast he used to get away with one of the cardinal sins in boxing and that was pulling straight back with his hands down. The speed was not there tonight and Porter was smart in that when Malignaggi pulled straight back he followed throwing the left hook. Excellent job by Porter seeing this and that combined with his size and strength advantage allowed him to take care of Malignaggi like nobody else has done before.


Paulie's legs were not the same and he caught making the same mistakes, good point.

The Commish says:

Shawn Porter is for real. He matchedPaulie in speed & overwhelmed him in the Punching Power Dept. Got a strong feeling he will be The Man before too long.

-Randy G.

The Commish says:

Shawn Porter is for real. He matchedPaulie in speed & overwhelmed him in the Punching Power Dept. Got a strong feeling he will be The Man before too long.

-Randy G.

Radam G says:

Wow! Paulie was mentally drained from all of his talk and feeling-dissed anger before the dance.

IMHO, his speed is there. But his focus and passion have jumped and lumped into frontin' and emotions. That jive will turtle you.

He needs a spiritual trainer -- in the mold of the late, great boxing spiritual trainer Drew "Bundini" Brown -- to narrow him to concentrating on the own-self fighting. Not what Da Manny is doing. Or Boner, or any other fighter. Holla!

Skibbz says:

Porter was always going to be too much, I just expected Paulie to reach the final bell. Just watched the fight back, it's time to hang em up. At least he's got that gig on tv..

jzzy says:

Shawn Porter is for real. He matchedPaulie in speed & overwhelmed him in the Punching Power Dept. Got a strong feeling he will be The Man before too long.

-Randy G.


Golden Boy has is already beating the drums for Porter vs. Mayweather at some point and considering the paucity of viable opposition for Money, I'd like to
see that one. Hopefully Keith Thurman can get into the Mayweather lotto with a good performance on 4/26. Money needs at least 3 more fights after Maidana.

jzzy says:

Porter was always going to be too much, I just expected Paulie to reach the final bell. Just watched the fight back, it's time to hang em up. At least he's got that gig on tv..


Paulie, you got money and a good job, it's tough to retire on a bad loss but this is an unforgiving sport, your future health is more important, make the right move
and retire now.

The Commish says:

Looks like Kell Brook is up next for Mr. Porter. Should he get past Brook, I would love to see him face Adrien Broner.

-Randy G.

oubobcat says:

Looks like Kell Brook is up next for Mr. Porter. Should he get past Brook, I would love to see him face Adrien Broner.

-Randy G.


Brook is the mandatory and I suspect that fight happens this summer.

So lets say Porter gets by Brook and Broner easily dispatches of Molina as he should. Both Porter and Broner are from Ohio and that fight seems a natural. Being from Cleveland myself, I would love to see this fight happen at a big venue in the state (say Quicken Loans Arena) in the fall/winter. It would be nice to see big time boxing back in the state of Ohio

brownsugar says:

I said in an earlier post that Porter has been moved at a steady clip during his tenure in the pro ranks. Most of his fights that I witnessed were not very illuminating, ....neither did they provided much entertainment value in my opinion.

The singular most noticeable thing about watching Porter is that there was a sense he was going places. Now after several years of grinding he's finally here and fortunately for us he's saved the best for last.
Without calling out a single Manny Pacqiaou, or a Floyd Mayweather, Porter is standing on the cusp of becoming a star... A fighter everyone wants to see test every other Top Name in the welterweight division.

Its become apparent ... At least to the Porter family .....that after they complete their preparation and hold their mini-Church in the ring ... that all things are possible.
Personally I can't wait to see who this kid fights next.

Porter vs Bradley would be a tremendous action fight.

Porter vs Thurman a year from now.

amayseng says:

I think they should send Broner to the wolves. No one likes him anyways and they will sell more tickets when they set him up to lose, not against tomato cans to win.

Porter vs broner, with porter mauling him and knocking him out.

then Thurman vs broner, another *** kicking.

then Madaina can rematch him after that for Broners last decent pay check, then hopefully he is out of the game for good.

The Commish says:

Gerry Cooney and I are excited. At 6:30 (ET) today, we've got the most explosive, impressive fighter seen this past weekend--Shawn Porter--joining us on our show on SiriusXM Radio. If you should have SiriusXM in your car, office or home, check us out between 6-8pm (ET) on SiriusXM channel 92 & on the SiriusXM app.

I MUST ask him about potential fights against Kell Brook, Adrien Broner and $$$May.

If you can, check us out. I'm always talking about TSS, and you great fight guys who hang out there. This Friday, I will give around a dozen of you a "Friday Night at the Fights" shoutout!

-Randy G.

Domenic says:

Gerry Cooney and I are excited. At 6:30 (ET) today, we've got the most explosive, impressive fighter seen this past weekend--Shawn Porter--joining us on our show on SiriusXM Radio. If you should have SiriusXM in your car, office or home, check us out between 6-8pm (ET) on SiriusXM channel 92 & on the SiriusXM app.

I MUST ask him about potential fights against Kell Brook, Adrien Broner and $$$May.

If you can, check us out. I'm always talking about TSS, and you great fight guys who hang out there. This Friday, I will give around a dozen of you a "Friday Night at the Fights" shoutout!

-Randy G.


Awesome Randy. My work schedule has had me missing your show, but I MAY be off early and if so, will absolutely be tuning in. Shawn Porter put the welterweights, and the boxing world in general, on notice with his sensational performance Saturday. Definitely interested to hear his plans.

Domenic says:

Is this today, and not Friday?

brownsugar says:

Gerry Cooney and I are excited. At 6:30 (ET) today, we've got the most explosive, impressive fighter seen this past weekend--Shawn Porter--joining us on our show on SiriusXM Radio. If you should have SiriusXM in your car, office or home, check us out between 6-8pm (ET) on SiriusXM channel 92 & on the SiriusXM app.

I MUST ask him about potential fights against Kell Brook, Adrien Broner and $$$May.

If you can, check us out. I'm always talking about TSS, and you great fight guys who hang out there. This Friday, I will give around a dozen of you a "Friday Night at the Fights" shoutout!

-Randy G.


Whoo- hoo !!!! this should be good!

brownsugar says:

I think they should send Broner to the wolves. No one likes him anyways and they will sell more tickets when they set him up to lose, not against tomato cans to win.

Porter vs broner, with porter mauling him and knocking him out.

then Thurman vs broner, another *** kicking.

then Madaina can rematch him after that for Broners last decent pay check, then hopefully he is out of the game for good.



Amayseng ...how many poundings of Broner will it take until you are satisfied...lol.

Radam G says:

Amayseng ...how many poundings of Broner will it take until you are satisfied...lol.


Hehehehe! Many, many, many! Poor Broner! If he would just come real with it. He is so full of bullspit and little dawg s*it! Holla!

amayseng says:

Amayseng ...how many poundings of Broner will it take until you are satisfied...lol.


i can settle for 3, but 4 with the ghost closing him out would be sufficient. haha

The Commish says:

Shawn Porter was on my SiriusXM show yesterday (Monday). He was a fantastic guest and exuded class. Adrien Broner should take a page from this champion's book.

-Randy G.

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