Is Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (33-5, 7 KO) a gatekeeper, or is he still a legitimate threat to win a world title?
We’ll find out Saturday when he attempts to win his third world championship by besting current IBF welterweight champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter (23-0-1, 14 KO).
The fight will take place at the DC Armory in Washington D.C. It’s part of a magnificent Showtime card that will also feature WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin, and a light heavyweight unification bout between IBF title holder Bernard Hopkins, and WBA champ Beibut Shumenov.
Here’s how you can watch the action:
When: Saturday, April 19 at 9:30 p.m.
Where: DC Armory in Washington, D.C,
The Book on Porter
Even after defeating Devon Alexander for the title in Dec. 2013, Porter still isn’t getting much respect as champion.
Though Alexander is skilled, he isn’t exactly Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The win simply wasn’t enough to vault Porter into the upper echelon of welterweights in the world. That’s why this fight is so important; it’s a test.
Check out what Ring News 24 and what FightNights.com tweeted about the matchup:
Porter is aware that Malignaggi’s package of speed, skill and experience makes him the toughest opponent he's faced to date. Not only does Porter think he’s ready to pass the Magic Man’s test, he’s already looking ahead to what’s next.
Porter told Matt Christie of Boxing News:
“I want to continue to raise the bar. My next opponent [after Malignaggi] will be someone with a better record than Paulie, who is younger than Paulie, and will be more of a challenge than Paulie."
It’s great to be ambitious, but Malignaggi is not one to look passed.
The Book on Malignaggi
Credit Malignaggi with creating the basis for the blueprint Marcos Rene Maidana used to beat Adrien “The Problem” Broner.
One might ask: How can a light-puncher like Malignaggi lay the groundwork for a bomber like Maidana?
It’s quite simple. In Malignaggi’s emotional battle with Broner, the Magic Man went to the body consistently and out-worked The Problem.
He didn’t get the official decision, but I had Malignaggi winning by a point, as did one of the official judges in the bout. Broner won it by split decision to gain the title he ultimately lost to Maidana.
Maidana’s early body work curtailed Broner’s attempt at a late comeback. His work rate early helped to build a lead and hurt the Problem.
He accomplished what Malignaggi couldn’t, and the biggest difference was the lack of punching power. The point is, Malignaggi’s game planning and in-ring I.Q. are stellar.
He can give most any fighter a puzzle to solve. But the question is always the same: Will his lack of power prevent him from taking the win?
Porter is an excellent all-around athlete, but he’s sloppy, wild and a bit clumsy. That combination can work in his favor at times, but not against an experienced fighter like Malignaggi.
Porter is the stronger of the two, but he’s not an explosive puncher. If you couple that with Malignaggi’s very solid chin, it removes one of the main elements Porter might have used to win the fight.
In what will likely be an interesting bout, Malignaggi will earn a close decision victory over Porter.
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