Saturday, 4 March 2017

Eggington stops Malignaggi in 8.

In tonights Co-main event at the O2 in London, Sam Eggington (20-3, 12 KOs) got the biggest scalp of his career by stopping former two division world champion Paulie Malignaggi (36-8, 7 KOs) in the 8th of a scheduled 12, for the WBC international welterweight title..  At 36 years of age, its possibly the last time we'll see Malignaggi step between the ropes, but it's not the last time we'll see the promising Midlander, taking his first real step up..  Eggington stood his ground from the off, looking almost a weight division higher than Malignaggi, enjoying the size and strength advantages..  It took until the third, before Malignaggi found his groove, finding Eggington with well timed counters on the move..  The fourth saw Eggington turn up the heat, pressuring Paulie with powerful shots advancing...  Malignaggi's began to look subdued, with a swelling appearing on his face going into the sixth. The range became the biggest mountain to climb for Malignaggi, who was now using angles to outwit the taller Eggington, with moments left in the round, Maliganggi rocked Sam badly with a right hand, before following up with at least a half dozen shots, visibly shaking him before the end of the session..  The seventh saw Eggington maintain his composure, dominating Malignaggi, subduing any confidence, he might have drew from the 6th..  Eggington continued to come forward with his physical strength in the eighth hurting Malignaggi frequently, midway through the round a sneaky left hook to the ribs from Eggington, became the straw that broke the camels back for Malignaggi, forcing the Brooklyn man to take the full count.. Malignaggi, who was forced to take similar shots persistently throughout the fight was unable to recover to beat the count in this instance as the referee signalled the end..