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Paulie Malignaggi Recovering Well From Concussion

LOS ANGELES —Middleweight contender Daniel Jacobs will serve as a guest analyst for the second straight week as SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING presents three world-class prizefights on Saturday, April 26, live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from StubHub Center in Los Angeles.

Jacobs will step in for critically acclaimed SHOWTIME boxing analyst Paulie Malignaggi, who is recovering from a tough knockout loss to IBF Welterweight World Champion Shawn Porter last week.  After the fight, Malignaggi was taken to a nearby hospital in Washington D.C.  He has since been released and is recovering comfortably at his home, but is opting to err on the side of caution for this week’s event in Los Angeles.

“I am feeling very good at this stage, but anytime you have any level of concussion, your best bet is to fully recover before doing virtually any activity,” said Malignaggi.  “There will be plenty of action on Saturday and the audience will be in good hands with Danny on the stick.  But make no mistake: I will not miss next week’s event in Las Vegas.  I have been looking forward to that fight card for some time.  I’ll be ready.”

The main event for Saturday’s tripleheader will pit interim WBA Welterweight World Champion Keith “One Time” Thurman against former world champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz.  In the co-features, Lucas Matthysse returns from an eight-month layoff to face heavy-handed John Molina Jr., in a 10-round junior welterweight matchup and undefeated WBC Lightweight World Champion Omar Figueroa Jr., defends his title against Jerry Belmontes.  The telecast will air live, immediately following the premiere of Episode 2 of ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Maidana, the most recent installment of the Emmy® Award-nominated SHOWTIME Sports® series that chronicles the dramatic lives of the world’s best prizefighters. 

“I had a great time filling in for Paulie last week,” said Jacobs, who will join host Brian Kenny, Mauro Ranallo, Hall of Fame analyst Al Bernstein and award-winning reporter Jim Gray on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.  “It was a tremendous honor to be part of that event and to show the fans a different side of myself.  I received terrific feedback, not only from SHOWTIME, but from the fans, my friends and family.  Obviously, Paulie’s welfare is my main concern but I know he will be back behind the mic soon.  In the meantime, I look forward to doing another great job at ringside.”

The 27-year-old Jacobs (27-1, 24 KOs), of Brooklyn, N.Y., is coming off a first-round TKO of Milton Nunez on March 15 on the SHOWTIME EXTREME® undercard of the Danny Garcia-Mauricio Herrera event in Puerto Rico.  The victory was Jacob’s fifth straight win in as many fights since returning to the ring after a courageous 19-month battle against cancer and partial paralysis.

The 6-foot-1 Jacobs, who is the fifth ranked middleweight contender by the IBF and sixth by the WBC, WBA and WBO, has  won seven in a row by knockout. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Frank Ducketts on 04-24-2014

Paulie took huge punishment in his last fight. Glad he's ok. He was hit while trying to hold, hit when he went to the ropes, hit to the body too while trying to clinch. He was barely able to clinch…

Comment by Public_Enemy on 04-24-2014

Malignaggi on his injuries: "The aftermath of the fight was that I had a lot of damage because in the aftermath of the fight, I was vomiting and they had to take me to the hospital. I was vomiting when…

Comment by Wenpire on 04-24-2014

[QUOTE=The Tase;14464206]that's what you get for being such a hateful pacquiao hater. you just got KTFO by his sparring partner. dude went out of his way to talk down about pacquiao. Look at you now. How you like dem apples?[/QUOTE]…

Comment by -=Shade=- on 04-24-2014

[QUOTE=Badzi1987;14464197]Great guy for boxing. Can't really dislike Porter as he's as legit as they come. Big thanks to the [B]Magic Man[/B] for his contribution to the sport and it just shows you don't have to be a brute to succeed…

Comment by TGD on 04-24-2014

Heard Paulie speaking on Sky Sports Ringside show. He sounded really despondent. He said he was shocked by Porter's power, and he's not sure what the future holds but he's not going to make any kneejerk decisions.

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