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Paulie Malignaggi shouldn’t retire just yet

Now that the dust has settled after his recent crushing loss to Shawn Porter, Paulie Malignaggi shouldn’t retire just yet.

Sure, what happened to him on April 19th was shocking to most. Despite not being known for having a right hand, his chin, ring- intelligence, and technical ability have gotten him this far in his career. He’s been in the ring and lost to big punchers before: Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan, Adrien Broner, but none of those fights ended anywhere near as dramatically as it did against Porter.

In the post-fight interview, Paulie hinted at retirement but held back from making such a decision after reeling from a loss. I think his reticence at the time was wise because, after watching the fight, perhaps he shouldn’t retire. It was apparent from the moment both fighters entered the ring that Porter was the stronger and more powerful of the two – however, nothing out of the ordinary. Contrary to what we’ve seen Paulie do in the past, stick a jab and move, he decided to bring it to his opponent not afraid of fighting in close quarters, toe-to-toe. Continue reading

“Bernard Hopkins, Shawn Porter, and Floyd Mayweather Jr.” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”

Tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “JEK III Productions” presents a big “Bernard ‘The Alien’ Hopkins” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”!!

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Throughout the first thirty minute segment of the two hour program, The Pugilist KOrner team will talk about this weekend’s historic fight card from Washington D.C., and the future of all three fighters who competed in the Golden Boy Promotions’ tripleheader at the DC Armory, as well as last night’s premier of “All Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana”. Continue reading

Shawn “Showtime” Porter steals the show in DC!

The DC Armory hosted the Bernard Hopkins vs. Beibut Shumenov card where Bernard “The alien” Hopkins made history once again by unifying titles at the the age of 49 years old. He won a split decision over Beibut Shumenov unifying the WBA and IBF titles. Hopkins was the main event but it was Shawn “Showtime” Porter 24-0-1 (14KOs) who won over the crowd.

Porter made his first title defense against the king of Brooklyn Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi 33-6 (7KOs). This fight woke the crowd from the previous fight where middleweight champion Peter Quillin defeated Lukas Konecny, which failed to please fans at the armory.

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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