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Paulie Malignaggi: Shawn Porter doesn't have the tools to beat me

Paulie Malignaggi believes experience and skills will rule the day in his April 19 fight with Shawn Porter.

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

Paulie Malignaggi will look to become a two-time welterweight champion when he faces Shawn Porter on April 19 in Washington, DC, as part of Showtime's world title triple-header also featuring Bernard Hopkins vs Beibut Shumenov, and Peter Quillin vs Lukas Konecny.

Malignaggi (33-5, 7 KO) had a pair of impressive outings in 2013, losing a disputed decision to Adrien Broner in June, and rather handily beating Zab Judah in the "Battle of Brooklyn" on December 7. Porter (23-0-1, 14 KO) won the IBF welterweight title that same night in Brooklyn, beating Devon Alexander.

The 33-year-old Malignaggi is confident that his experience and skills will lead him to victory.

"I'm excited to be back in a title fight so soon after my win over Zab Judah. I will become a three-time world champion on April 19," said Malignaggi. "Porter is a good fighter and I'm sure he'll be a champion again in the future, but he doesn't have the tools or experience to beat me."

Porter was certainly impressive against Alexander, but Malignaggi is a different fighter, one of the smartest and craftiest in the sport. Is Porter in over his head against the veteran?

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