By Derek Gionta, ringside: "Showtime" Shawn Porter, 24-0-1 (15), of Akron, Ohio defended his IBF welterweight strap with a dominant fourth round TKO over Paulie "The Magic Man" Malignaggi, 33-6 (7), of Brooklyn, NY at the DC Armony in the co-feature on Showtime Championship Boxing.
The opening round was fairly competitive with both guys having success in spurts. Malignaggi had blood on the left cheek bone from a cut that surfaced early in the round. Porter still seemingly won the round. Cutman
Danny Milano went to work immediately and looked to seal his fighters’ wound for the time being.
The fast-paced fight continued as a back and forth battle before Porter landed a clean right hand with a nice follow up moments later. Porter landed a serious of violent shots with Paulie on the retreat. Paulie dipped down a number of times, avoiding an extra onslaught but still appeared to be hurt.
Porter continued where he left off in the third, rocking Malignaggi with a series of punches. The rounds were more dominant as the fight continued.
Porter scored a knockdown with a chopping right in the fourth while later landing a lunging left hook and a vicious follow-up barrage sending Malignaggi into the ropes defenseless. The fight was then stopped at the 1:14 mark.
Although Paulie Malignaggi has seen better days, Shawn Porter performed in a big way and looks to be headed for major fights and remain a serious threat in the welterweight division as he continues his IBF championship reign.
Porter commented after the fight, "My dad wanted me to work the body more but I felt it and went for it."
"Pauile is a great fighter and will always be someone I admire."
Malignaggi commented, "I lost to a great champion. I’m not sure about retirement but I told him make sure they say I lost to a great champion."
Porter has developed into quite a fighter over time and if his progress continues you will see more of what occurred this evening.
April 19, 2014