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Shawn Porter vs Paulie Malignaggi added to Hopkins-Shumenov card, winner must face Kell Brook

The April 19 Showtime card in Washington, DC, has added a third world title fight, as IBF welterweight titleholder Shawn Porter will make his first defense against veteran Paulie Malignaggi. The winner must then face Kell Brook within 90 days.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Shawn Porter and Paulie Malignaggi scored big wins on the same December 7 card in Brooklyn, and now they're headed for a clash with one another. Porter will defend his IBF welterweight title for the first time against Malignaggi on April 19, part of Showtime's Hopkins-Shumenov bill.

Porter (23-0-1, 14 KO) scored a mild upset over Devon Alexander in December to lift the belt, and that same night in the main event, Malignaggi (33-5, 7 KO) rather handily beat Brooklyn rival Zab Judah by decision. The 33-year-old Malignaggi is a former titleholder at both 140 and 147 pounds, and many felt he didn't deserve to lose his WBA welterweight title last June to Adrien Broner. For the 26-year-old Porter, it's a big chance to prove that he wasn't a one-night wonder at this level.

This fight, along with Hopkins-Shumenov and Quillin-Konecny, makes for a card with three world title fights at the DC Armory.

In addition, the winner of the Porter-Malignaggi fight has agreed to face mandatory challenger Kell Brook within 90 days of their bout. Brook (31-0, 21 KO) has a tune-up fight this weekend.

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