Lem Satterfield of RingTV.com is reporting that a third title bout has been signed for the Golden Boy Promotions card on Saturday, April 19 at the DC Armory.
Satterfield says that Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer emailed him to say that undefeated IBF Welterweight champion Shawn "Showtime" Porter of Akron, OH will defend his title against current NABF titleholder and former WBA champion "The Magic Man" Paulie Malignaggi of Brooklyn, NY, who will step away from his analyst role on the Showtime telecast. Schaefer told Satterfield in the email that the bout is "done" for this date.
This will be the first defense for Porter (23-0-1, 14 KO's) who won the IBF title with a unanimous decision win over Devon Alexander on December 7 in Brooklyn, NY. On that same December 7 card, Malignaggi (33-5, seven KO's) captured the NABF championship with a 12-round unanimous decision over Zab Judah.
Fightnews.com reports that the IBF approved the contest on the condition that the winner face mandatory challenger Kell Brook of England by July 19.
The Porter-Malignaggi bout adds to the card that already has the light heavyweight unification contest between IBF champ Bernard Hopkins and WBA titleholder Beibut Shumenov as well as Peter Quillin's WBO Middleweight title defense against European champion Lukas Konecny.
As far as Beltway Boxers are concerned, so far BATB can confirm that locals D'Mitrius Ballard, Phil Jackson Benson and Dominic Wade will appear on the card. We also know that undefeated Norfolk, VA lightweight Chris "The Dentist" Alexander (4-0, four KO's) will also be on the card.