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Brook Was Scratching Head at Porter Demolition of Paulie

By Keith Idec

Kell Brook is certain he’ll surprise Shawn Porter on Saturday night in a manner similar to how Porter surprised Brook by beating Paulie Malignaggi so easily April 19.

England’s Brook (32-0, 22 KOs) expected Malignaggi, a two-division champion respected for his durability, to last a lot longer against Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs) than he did. Porter stopped Brooklyn’s Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs) in the fourth round of their scheduled 12-round fight for Porter’s IBF welterweight title at Washington’s D.C. Armory.

“I didn’t expect that,” Brook said, “and I was definitely shocked after knowing that Malignaggi had been in with Cotto and some other big names, and other big fighters. I was slightly surprised knowing that Shawn Porter knocked Malignaggi out so quickly. It was a little bit of a shock to me.”

Brook wasn’t as surprised four months earlier, when Porter out-boxed St. Louis-based southpaw Devon Alexander (26-2, 14 KOs) to win the IBF’s 147-pound crown Dec. 7 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“I think there’s a blueprint with Devon against fighters who just smother him, because he likes to keep that distance and be on the back foot,” said Brook, whose ill-fated fight against Alexander was postponed three times due to injuries to Brook (foot, ankle) and Alexander (triceps). “So, you know, when watching it, I wasn’t really too shocked.”

The 28-year-old Brook, of Sheffield, England, is about a 2-1 underdog entering his 12-round fight against the 26-year-old Porter, of Akron, Ohio. The Porter-Brook bout will headline Showtime’s three-fight telecast from StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by royjonesjrKTFO on 08-17-2014

Paulie was/ is a C-level boxer with no punch @ 140. Porter beat a LEFTOVER version of that fighter. People act like Paulie is some great boxer, which he is not. A great talker? Yes.

Comment by yoshik on 08-16-2014

......Brook needs to think harder. Apparently his thinker is broken.

Comment by richardt on 08-16-2014

Why was Brook surprised??? Hatton and Khan had already dominated and stopped Pauli! And we know Broner has no punch at 147, maybe even 140, so we know Pauli going the distance with Broner was no big feat.

Comment by bigjavi973 on 08-16-2014

dang only if paulie handnt broken his right hand so many times (i think 3 times) he wouldve been a hell of alot better.

Comment by Juof on 08-16-2014

Paulies a blown up 140lber whos best days are long behind him. He could deal with certain fighters just off skills alone which is why he could handle being at 147 shawns a big welter thats why ge walked through…

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