Porter beats Malignaggi to set up contest with Sheffield ace

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Sheffield’s Kell Brook’s next opponent gave an awesome exhibition of his power, last night.

The stocky, aggressive Porter (24-0-1, 15 KO) dominated Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KO) at the D.C. Armory in Washington, USA.

The Italian American was cut under the left eye in the first round and the subject of a mauling in the second that must have had his corner wincing.

Malignaggi was like a rabbit caught in the headlights, powerless to hold off the low jabs, hooks, elbows and in-fighting strength at his opponent’s disposal.

At the end he knocked outclassed veteran Malignaggi, 33, through the ropes and on to the apron.

It was a Mike Tyson-like performance for Brook’s rival - but the Sheffielder will have his own speed and power when they meet in the Summer.

Porter said everything he’d hoped for had come off.

Malignaggi said he’d told Porter “to go and be great” and suggested he may now retire.

* Scott Quigg made a successful defence of his WBA super-bantamweight title with a second-round stoppage of South African Tshifiwa Munyai in Manchester.

The Bury 25-year-old floored Munyai with a big left hand in the opening round and referee Howard Foster brought an end to the contest in round two when Munyai hit the canvas again.

Victory moved Quigg, who extended his unbeaten professional record to 30 fights, closer to a domestic showdown with unbeaten Belfast contender Carl Frampton.

* Bernard Hopkins once again made history by becoming the oldest boxer to unify a weight division after adding the WBA light-heavyweight crown to his IBF title with a split-decision victory over Beibut Shumenov.

Hopkins, already the oldest man to win a recognised world title, continues to confound his critics at 49 and once more beat a much younger man in Washington.

However, a split-decision verdict - two scores of 116-111 in his favour against 114-113 in Shumenov’s - did not reflect his dominance.

The American made a typically sluggish start but came on strong from the third round onwards and knocked his 30-year-old foe down with a punishing right in the 11th.

Hopkins, who has not stopped an opponent in nearly a decade, could not finish off the Kazakh but finished well and was given the nod to improve his record to 55 wins from 65 fights, with six defeats, two draws and two no contests.

* Sheffield’s exciting Ingle fighter Kid Galahad will fight back in front of home crowd at Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, on May 10, live on Channel 5.

The undefeated European super bantamweight champion, Galahad, won the title at the same venue recently and is aiming to keep pushing forward towards a world title.

Promoter Mick Hennessy said: “I am delighted to bring Barry (Galahad) back to his home city so quickly. His last performance was superb to pick up the European title and I know all his fans are in for a real explosive show on May 10.

“We will be announcing more details and one thing is for sure, this isn’t to be missed.”

Also scheduled to fight on the show is undefeated heavyweight Hughie Lewis Fury as he looks to extend his perfect professional record to 14 straight wins. There will also be local talent on the bill, including Sheffield’s Dave Howe, Callum Hancock, Tom Mcassey and Ryan Hardy, Barnsley’s Lee Noble and Rotherham’s Karl Bell.