Sam Eggington claimed the biggest scalp of his career with an eighth-round knockout of former two division world champion, Paulie Malignaggi, at the O2, in London.
Eggington’s win also ended Malignaggi’s career, with the welterweight veteran announcing that he will retire in a post-fight interview.
Malignaggi had struggled somewhat with Eggington’s reach advantage in the early rounds but found his rhythm somewhat in the sixth.
However, as the fight moved into the eighth round Eggington’s aggression rekindled and he caught Malignaggi with a hook to the body, from which the Brooklyn native could not recover.
In the opening stanza, Malignaggi tried to work Eggington’s body with quick jabs but got caught too often.
Eggington’s noticeable size advantage helped him bully Malignaggi, and during the second he was able to rock Malignaggi on two occasions with solid right hands.
In the third, Malignaggi gave a better showing, improving his work rate, but he continued to move into Eggington’s punches, now thrown with added force.
In the following two rounds, Eggington continued to stalk Malignaggi, looking to land power shots.
In the sixth round, Eggington’s remained dominant, but in the dying moments of the round, Malignaggi was able to land a big right hand, leaving Eggington stunned in the middle of the ring. Malignaggi unloaded a flurry of punches which almost had Eggington out on his feet as the bell rang.
In the eighth round, Eggington’s aggression resumed. During the round he was able to catch Malignaggi with a mean left hook to the body, which left Malignaggi on the canvas, writhing in agony and unable to beat the count.