Paulie Malignaggi vows to defeat Shawn Porter for IBF welterweight title in April

New Yorker thinks Khan-Collazo would be a 'solid' match

Last Updated: 20/03/14 7:09pm

Man of experience: Malignaggi says he will 'nullify' Porter

Paulie Malignaggi is confident he will take the IBF welterweight title from Shawn Porter - even if fight fans in America are not.

The New Yorker will face countryman Porter in Washington, DC on April 19 with the winner set to tackle unbeaten Sheffield star Kell Brook in the summer.

Malignaggi has lost five of his 38 bouts, while Porter has yet to suffer defeat in his 24, but the challenger told Ringside that he will have too much experience and ability for his opponent.

"He is a rough-and-tumble kind of guy but I don't think he can match me for talent."

Paulie Malignaggi on Shawn Porter

"I have got better over the years and I know what sort of fighter I am," said Malignaggi, who overcame fellow veteran Zab Judah on points in December.

"So I plan on nullifying him [Porter] and I am looking forward to taking the championship, even though a lot of people in the States are picking him to win the fight.

"He is a rough-and-tumble kind of guy and can make life difficult with his physical style, and you have to respect someone who beat Devon Alexander, but I don't think he can match me for talent."


Malignaggi also offered his thoughts on a potential Amir Khan-Luis Collazo dust-up, which could take place after the Brit missed out on a clash with Floyd Mayweather, with the unbeaten Michigan boxer meeting Marcos Maidana instead.

And the 33-year-old also feels Danny Garcia, who has wins over Khan, Erik Morales and Lucas Matthysse on his CV, has a bright future, despite struggling to get past Mauricio Herrera in Puerto Rico last time out.

"I think Khan-Collazo would be a good, solid fight," said Malignaggi.

"Khan hasn't fought in a while and is going to have to work on that ring rust, but from what I hear he has been in the gym and doing well, while Collazo has been boxing well lately."

On Garcia, he added: "I didn't think Danny won his fight with Herrera, but that that doesn't mean he isn't a good fighter as Herrera is underrated, got a win over [Ruslan] Provodnikov and has given every top fighter all they could handle.

"So Garcia is still a good puncher and something to deal with and I think he would fit well into the welterweight division alongside all the other talent that is there."