- Broner: Khan and Brook can’t beat me
- Austin Trout looking to turn his career around against Daniel Dawson
- Pacquiao to train 7 weeks for Algieri fight
- Cotto working on selecting his December 13th opponent
- Klitschko working with 15 sparring partners to get ready for Pulev
- Robert Garcia impressed with Algieri's talent level
- Shakur Stevenson, Jajaira Gonzalez and Darmani Rock to Kick Off 2014 Youth Olympic Games Competition for Team USA
- 2nd Installment of Tuesday Night Fights to take place on September 16 at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia
- MIKE TYSON PRESENTS BIG TEXAS THROWDOWN!! September 26, Mesquite TX
- Joe Ward: “I’m thankful that AIBA gave me the opportunity to be involved in APB”
- Shoulder injury forces Nicola Adams out of the 2014 Women’s Boxing World Championships in South Korea
- Undefeated lightweight contender Ivan Redkach Now trained by Robert Garcia
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.
This, I believe, was the wrong tactic because as the fight progressed, it became evident that Porter is adept at fighting inside, and his power was clearly troubling Paulie. Even when Paulie opened up space Porter was able to jump in with stunning lead left hooks, which kept him guessing all night until the knockout.
Despite getting stopped and hurt like never before, Paulie didn’t really look like a deteriorated fighter. The real story of the night was how masterful Shawn Porter was. He put skills on display that have now made him a serious contender in the welterweight division. He did things we’ve never seen him do before. Paulie understandably looked disappointed and somewhat embarrassed after the fight, but when he looks back at the video, he’ll realize he just lost to a great upcoming fighter.
Assuming he does continue fighting, the inevitable question is, where does he go from here? Who does he take on next? Devon Alexander, Kell Brook, and Keith Thurman would all be credible opponents. If the Shawn Porter outcome repeats itself against these guys, despite using appropriate tactics, then that would be a more concrete indication of his diminishing punch resistance. However, one very bad result alone is not enough to conclude that he is finished.
Paulie is a great character in and out of the ring. His trash-talking together with his insight, honesty, and technical analysis makes him an incredible boxing pundit. In the years to come his ringside commentary at major fights will surely be an interesting source of knowledge. But right now, as a boxer inside the ring, he’s not done just yet.
- Results from “Path to Glory SD Style” San Diego, CA
- Anthony Barnes takes out Darryl Fields with a first round KO
- Brook Upsets Porter to take home the title
- Figueroa stops Estrada in an exciting fight
- Dirrell wins rematch with Bika, takes home the belt
- Brook defeats Porter; Dirrell and Bika look poor; Figueroa toughs it out
- Deontay Wilder stops Gavern, wants Klitschko after Stiverne fight
- Goosen gives Deontay Wilder a good chance of beating Stiverne
- Mayweather hopes Khan fight will happen in 2015
- Austin Trout in a make or break fight tonight against Daniel Dawson
- Sam Soliman vs. Jermain Taylor to be televised by ESPN2 on October 8th
- Abner Mares signs with Al Haymon
- Lucian Bute in action on 12/6 at Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada
- Hearn wants to schedule Brook-Khan fight for the summer in 2015