Porter on course for Brook
Shawn Porter put himself on a collision course with British welterweight Kell Brook this summer by retaining his IBF belt with an impressive fourth-round stoppage of Paulie Malignaggi.
Brook is the mandatory challenger for Porter's strap and it was agreed he would fight the winner of Saturday night's bout.
Porter proved too strong for the seasoned Malignaggi, who was sent crashing through the ropes and onto the ring apron after a vicious attack from the champion, which prompted the referee to halt the contest midway through the fourth round.
Porter would not look ahead specifically to a showdown with Brook but promised to live up to Malignaggi's prediction of greatness for him.
"I'm going to enjoy this and let my team handle what is next. I'm sure they will all communicate. We'll come up with the next game plan and we'll tackle it," he told Showtime.
"Paulie wished me the best and said, 'Make sure they know that I lost to a great champion. Go out there and be great'. I am going to honour his words and his wishes."
On the same Washington DC bill, Peter Quillin beat Lukas Konecny via a unanimous points decision to keep his grip on the WBO middleweight title.