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Paulie Malignaggi

Paulie Malignaggi never took the easy path: Is this the end for “The Magic Man?”

The end of Paulie Malignaggi’s (photo by Paul “Paparazzi“ Jones / ESB) pro career may well have come after last night’s 4th-round stoppage defeat at the hands of a relentless Shawn Porter. The slick New Yorker can now earn a living as a fine analyst for Showtime – if indeed it is the end for a fighter who began punching for pay way back in 2001 and who captured world titles in two weight divisions.

During his long career Malignaggi, as brash and as cocky as they come, more than gave his all in attempting to back up his talk. Fast, clever and possessing a sturdy chin as well as a ton of heart and courage, Malignaggi was cursed with brittle hands and with them little to no venomous punching power to speak of. It was due to this that Malignaggi knew, each time out, he was unlikely to get an early night by way of a KO. The fact that he went in with who he went in with knowing he had bad hands for a large portion of his career (with multiple breaks and fractures suffered) illustrates the Brooklyn man’s courage. Continue reading

Porter Stops Malignaggi; Quillin Beats Konecny

Shawn “Showtime” Porter (24-0-1, 14 KOs) overwhelmed Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs) to remain undefeated and retain his IBF Welterweight World Championship with an impressive fourth-round TKO over the veteran fighter. Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs) retained his WBO Middleweight World Championship with a unanimous decision win over Lukas Konecny (50-5, 23 KOs) in a fight controlled by “Kid Chocolate.”

Porter rushed Malignaggi right from the opening bell and opened up a cut on Malignaggi’s cheek in the first round. In the second round, Malignaggi was clearly hurt by a leaping left hook from the champion. Continue reading

Malignaggi vs. Porter: Which Shawn “Showtime” Porter will show up against the Magic Man in DC?

Paulie Malignaggi challenges Shawn Porter for Porter’s IBF Welterweight belt that he won off Devon Alexander last December. The inconsistent Porter looked much improved but can he put his skill and strengths together in back to back performances?

This co-feature fight could go either way with Porter being the betting favorite amongst fans, writers, and betting sites. The style matchup and how it will play out has been bouncing around my brain for some time now to the point that I’m still pulling my decision as I write this article.

Paulie Malignaggi’s career accomplishments fit the “Magic Man” nickname perfectly. A guy with no power to speak of yet still was able to make the fighters and fans respect him. Continue reading

Paulie Malignaggi ready for Shawn Porter

Paulie Malignaggi has vowed to claim his third world title this weekend after he felt he was unjustly stripped of his belt against brash-talking Adrien Broner.

The Brooklyn star goes in against the newly crowned IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter this Saturday night, live on BoxNation, on a stacked card headlined by the ageless Bernard Hopkins who faces Beibut Shumenov in a light-heavyweight world title unification.

But, it is the matchup between the slick Malignaggi and the all-action Porter which has the potential to steal the show, with the seasoned New Yorker adamant that he will bounce back to win his third world title following the loss of his WBA crown to Broner last year. Continue reading

The Pugilist KOrner: Gary Shaw, Mercito Gesta, Steve Cunningham, Paulie Malignaggi, and Bruno Escalante

gspTonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “JEK III Productions” presents a special two-hour, six guest edition of “The Pugilist KOrner”!!

The exclusive presentation will feature Promoter Gary Shaw, Heavyweight contender and former IBF Cruiserweight Champion Steve Cunningham, Lightweight contender Mercito Gesta, two division world champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, and Super Flyweight prospect Bruno Escalante. Continue reading

Porter, Malignaggi, Quillin and Konecny interview transcript

Kelly Swanson

Today we have a great conference call to discuss an unbelievable undercard that will be on the “Hopkins vs. Shumenov” fight card at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 19. I’m looking forward to seeing all of these fights. We’re going to start with Lukas and Pete, and then we will move into Shawn and Paulie immediately upon the completion of these two fighters. So, to make the introductions is Bruce Binkow, the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer of Golden Boy Promotions. He is joining us to introduce the fighters and talk a little bit more about the fights. Continue reading

The Pugilist KOrner: Shawn Porter, Bill Caplan, Deontay Wilder, Clarence “Bones“ Adams, Keandre Gibson, and Steed Woodall

08 Porter victory IMG_3724“JEK III Productions” presents another six guest edition of “The Pugilist KOrner”!!

The two hour special presentation will feature current IBF Welterweight Champion Shawn Porter, Hall of Fame publicist Bill Caplan, WBC Heavyweight title challenger Deontay Wilder, former WBA Super Bantamweight Champion Clarence “Bones” Adams, Junior Welterweight prospect Keandre Gibson, and Super Middleweight prospect Steed Woodall.

Kicking off tonight’s program will be current IBF Welterweight Champion “Showtime” Shawn Porter (23-0-1, 14 KOs). The hard punching, undefeated fighter from Ohio will discuss his April 19th title defense against two division world champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, which is slated to be broadcast on Showtime Championship Boxing from Washington D.C. Continue reading

Shawn Porter faces Paulie Malignaggi on April 19 at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 17, 2014) – Two world championship fights on one night is great for boxing fans. But Golden Boy Promotions and SHOWTIME believe that three is even better. So, on Saturday, April 19, joining the title fights between Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins and Beibut Shumenov and Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin and Lukas Konecny there will be a battle for the IBF Welterweight World title between champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter and former two-time and two division word champion and current NABF Welterweight titleholder Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, making this tripleheader at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C. a must see.

“I fought hard to get this title. Paulie says he wants it, but is he willing to go through me to get it?” said Porter, who won his crown with an impressive win over Devon Alexander last December. “Fighting Malignaggi is like fighting Alexander. They don’t have the strength or power to keep me away, and I will steamroll Paulie on my way to victory April 19.” Continue reading

The Pugilist KOrner: Carlos Molina, Vanes Martirosyan, Bob Trieger, Reggie Johnson, and Prince Smalls

“JEK III Productions” presents another packed edition of “The Pugilist KOrner”!!

The two hour program will feature IBF Junior Middleweight Champion Carlos Molina, WBO Junior Middleweight title challenger Vanes Martirosyan, Boxing Publicist Bob Trieger, Two Division World Champion “Sweet” Reggie Johnson, and Featherweight prospect Prince Smalls.

Pugilist KOrner listener line: 718-506-1506 Continue reading

Paulie Malignaggi: “I Would Never Fight Luis Collazo”

Rumors have popped up recently about former welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (33-5, 7 KOs) fighting the winner of tonight’s Victor Ortiz-Luis Collazo bout at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Malignaggi will be calling the fight as part of the Fox Sports 1 telecast, but don’t expect him to jump at the chance to fight Collazo should the veteran beat Ortiz.

“I’ve known Luis half my life, since I was 17, I really wouldn’t fight Luis,” said Malignaggi. “I mean it would have to be for astronomical money and that would never happen. So I wouldn’t fight a close personal friend of mine like that.” Continue reading