SAN DIEGO, April 19, 2014 – It’s a good thing boxer Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi has his broadcasting career to fall back on after a loss to Shawn “Showtime” Porter. Porter (24-0-1, 15 KO) scored a career boosting victory with an exciting fifth round TKO of journeyman Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KO).
Porter showed his impressive victory over Devon Alexander in December wasn’t a fluke. Porter was in charge from the bell to start the bout. He opened a cut over Malignaggi’s left eye in the first round, rocked Malignaggi in the second round with a left hook, and put him on the canvas once early in the fourth round with a right hand to the back of the ear before finishing him off with another right hand followed up with flurry of punches against the ropes at 1:14 of the round. Malignaggi took some vicious shots before referee Sam Williams finally stepped in. Malignaggi seemed as emotionally wrecked as physically as he sprawled on the canvas after the right was stopped.
Porter’s jabs were working to set up effective power punches. He will go a long way with this formula and fan-friendly approach. Porter said he’d let his team line up his next opponent. He is now in a fine position to face the bigger names in the welterweight division.
An emotional Malignaggi told his Showtime broadcast partner Jim Gray after the fight he told Porter to go on and be great so he could say he lost to a great fighter. “I just said, ‘Don’t make me have lost to an average fighter. Go be great so that I can say that a really great fighter beat me.’ I know that he has that potential.
“If I do retire right now, and I don’t want to make an emotional decision, but I want to do it losing to a great champion.”
Malignaggi reportedly was taken to an area hospital to be examined following his defeat.
Middleweight champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs) of Brooklyn retained his belt against 35-year-old veteran Lukas Konecny of the Czech Republic (50-5, 23 KO) to remain undefeated.
It was a steady if uninspiring performance. Quillin threw and landed double the number of punches as Konecny and this pretty much tells the story. Even Quillin started losing focus, though. At the end of the 11th round he stepped up on the ropes in victory, thinking the fight was over. It was a 12 round fight. Rather embarrassing stuff.
Quillin won on the judges’ scorecards by a lopsided 120-108, 119-109 and 119-109. “I was able to get in there with a tough customer. He came to fight,” said Quillin.
Konecny said of Quillin, “It was nothing that I didn`t expect. I would have expected even a harder fight. Quillin is a good champion but not a great one.”
Konecny has never been stopped and he ended his career with this distinction, as he now plans to retire. Quillin said after the fight he’s ready for all the big names in the middleweight class: Golovkin, Cotto, Martinez, Chavez Junior. Based on tongith’s fight, that’s doubtful. His next opponent is likely the rising middleweight Daniel Jacobs, who replaced Malignaggi on commentating duty for Showtime’s broadcast.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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