Shawn Porter vs. Paulie Malignaggi – Keys to Victory by Al Bernstein
Apr 17 2014 5:11 PM
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Undefeated champion Shawn Porter will put his IBF welterweight title on the line this Saturday when he faces Paulie Malignaggi in the co-main event of Bernard Hopkins vs. Beibut Shumenov in DC Armory, Washington, DC.
A native of Akron, Ohio, unbeaten Shawn “Showtime” Porter (23-0-1, 14 KOs) showed on Dec. 7, 2013 that all of the rave reviews he received since his amateur days were well deserved, as he scored a 12-round unanimous decision win over Devon Alexander to win the IBF Welterweight World title. The win followed impressive professional victories over Julio Diaz, Phil Lo Greco and Alfonso Gomez that put Porter at the top of the 147-pound weight class. Now the 26-year-old begins his reign on April 19 against “Magic Man.”

When he's not winning awards for his commentating work on SHOWTIME broadcasts, NABF Welterweight Champion Brooklyn's Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (33-5, 7 KOs) is proving that, at 33, he's still one of the top welterweights in the world. Winner of six of his last seven bouts, with the only loss coming via split decision to Adrien Broner last June, Malignaggi was in top form when he defeated Zab Judah last December, and on April 19, he has the opportunity to become a three-time World Champion.

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amayseng says:

Looking forward to this one. Good scrap. Classic boxer vs the young and rough lion

oubobcat says:

I think Porter wins here. Malignaggi relies on speed and as he has gotten older the speed is not what is used to be. Remember, Malignaggi had trouble in 2012 with Pablo Cesar Cano. Cano 's pressure started to break Malignaggi down and in the end I though Cano deserved the nod in that fight.

Porter is younger, stronger and bigger (Porter fought the first part of his career at 154). I think Malignaggi may have some success early but I expect Porter's pressure and strength to eventually get to Malingaggi. I think Porter will seize control of this bout in the middle rounds and coast to a decision victory.

Radam G says:

Paul got KTFO! Easy breezy for Porter. Holla!

the Roast says:

Paulie got blitzed! That is how Hopkins should be dealt with. Don't wait, don't pose, don't stand there mesmerized. Just tear into the veteran. Not reckless, jab first and then throw heavy shots. Porter stands tall tonight. Paulie had a great run run at or near the top. It looks to be over now but you never know. You just never know.

amayseng says:

Porter is like a bull in heat there is no slowing him down.

I think he gives Floyd a tough fight, more than anyone except Manny.

Paulie just does not have the power to keep guys off of him

Hopkins is just too good, defensive , agile and still hits hard enough to keep guys from steam rolling him..

you cant steamroll a guy who exits out before you get there.

Hopkins is just a testament to how important and strong the mind can be.

The Good Doctor says:

[QUOTE=the Roast;49954]Paulie got blitzed! That is how Hopkins should be dealt with. Don't wait, don't pose, don't stand there mesmerized. Just tear into the veteran. Not reckless, jab first and then throw heavy shots. Porter stands tall tonight. Paulie had a great run run at or near the top. It looks to be over now but you never know. You just never know.[/QUOTE]

I am not sure that what will win against Hop. I think there are two very underrated parts of the Alien's game; one is his capitalizing on every opportunity and two is his power. If you leave an opening for B-Hop not only is he going to hit you, he is going to hit you cleanly. You very rarely see a punch from B-Hop that doesn't land flush on his opponent. Now, behind those flush punches is power that instantly surprises guys and makes them think twice before charging in again. Hop can still thud with the best of them. The other thing I like to is that B-Hop is either a 1,2 and tie up or a 1,2 get out fighter. He is one of the best at getting out of the pocket once he has fired his bullets. The style that Porter has being used against B-Hop I think would be a losing proposition.

Skibbz says:

[QUOTE=The Good Doctor;50015]I am not sure that what will win against Hop. I think there are two very underrated parts of the Alien's game; one is his capitalizing on every opportunity and two is his power. If you leave an opening for B-Hop not only is he going to hit you, he is going to hit you cleanly. You very rarely see a punch from B-Hop that doesn't land flush on his opponent. Now, behind those flush punches is power that instantly surprises guys and makes them think twice before charging in again. Hop can still thud with the best of them. The other thing I like to is that B-Hop is either a 1,2 and tie up or a 1,2 get out fighter. He is one of the best at getting out of the pocket once he has fired his bullets. The style that Porter has being used against B-Hop I think would be a losing proposition.[/QUOTE]

I agree Doc. Hopkins is in time with his opponent's offence while still keeping hisown gun cocked. Add his intuitive abilities experience, physicality (he's still got the hand and foot speed to beat a former olympian who should have faced Ward in the final) and power and he really starts sounding unbeatable. With Stevenson, he's got his number and will share it with everyone when (and if) the fight is made. Anyone have any good ideas on who could beat Hopkins?

amayseng says:

[QUOTE=Skibbz;50023]I agree Doc. Hopkins is in time with his opponent's offence while still keeping hisown gun cocked. Add his intuitive abilities experience, physicality (he's still got the hand and foot speed to beat a former olympian who should have faced Ward in the final) and power and he really starts sounding unbeatable. With Stevenson, he's got his number and will share it with everyone when (and if) the fight is made. Anyone have any good ideas on who could beat Hopkins?[/QUOTE]

Ward would make it very close but I would favor Hopkins.

Hopkins is a dam phenom and should be treated as such.

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