Judah vs Malignaggi: Time, preview and fight card

Written by Sam Gregory at Dec 06, 2013 - 02:45PM ET in News
It's time for the 'Battle for Brooklyn.'
Televised live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, former junior welterweight and welterweight title holders Zab Judah 42-8 with 29 KO's and Paulie Malignaggi 32-5 with 7 KO's will headline Showtime Championship Boxing Saturday night.

Time: 8PM ET/ 5PM PT
Broadcast: Showtime
Division: Welterweight
Title: Hometown bragging rights

Dubbed 'The Battle for Brooklyn,' this scheduled 12 round bout is technically for the vacant NABF welterweight title but, more importantly, these two Brooklynites will be fighting for hometown bragging rights.

Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer said, "That's their home and they want to be No. 1 at home. I think it's a fascinating fight. This is about pride. These guys do not want to lose in front of their home crowd, especially to a guy who is also from their hometown."

"So it's about pride, Brooklyn pride. It's the Battle of Brooklyn."

Televised Undercard
(in order of broadcast)

Sakio Bika vs Anthony Dirrell
12 rounds, for Bika's WBC super middleweight title

Erislandy Lara vs. Austin Trout
12 rounds, for Lara's interim jr middleweight title

Devon Alexander vs. Shawn Porter
12 rounds, for Alexander's IBF welterweight title


Both Malignaggi and Judah are coming off world title fight decision loses in front of their hometown fans in Brooklyn. Judah lost a unanimous decision to undefeated Danny Garcia last April in a bid for Garcia's RING Magazine/lineal light welterweight titles while Malignaggi lost his second WBA world welterweight title defense in a closely fought split decision to undefeated Adrian Broner in June.


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Malignaggi admits he was on the verge of retiring after the Broner fight. All the trash-talking, the controversial decision and general animosity from the fight gave Paulie reason to question his future in the ring. At that point, Paulie wasn't sure he'd have the opportunity for another big ticket fight.

When Malignaggi was offered a chance to fight Zab Judah at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn by Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer it changed his entire outlook on his career. It also reinforced the business decision he made in 2010 to leave New York based promoter Lou DiBella and sign with Golden Boy in Los Angeles.

The winner of this welterweight fight stands a good chance of anther title shot.


Both Brooklyn born fighters expect nothing but the best from their opponent Saturday night. Malignaggi said, "I expect the best Zab Judah. A Zab Judah who is going to be fighting for his boxing career. I feel the same way."

"We're both motivated to win, but when you're at this level anything can get you motivated for a fight like this. If you're not motivated for this, you better check your pulse to make sure you're alive."

Back in his son's corner for this fight, Yoel Judah says Zab is in top condition and claims he knows how this fight will turn out. "It's going to be a good fight for as long as it lasts. Zab is in tremendous shape."

"He has a lot of confidence; he has his old pop back in his corner. I shut it down. Paulie already know what it gonna be. Listen man, we are going to do what we gotta do in this fight. We ain't taking no prisoners."

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"You are going to see the old Zab from like 10 years. The old Zab who threw punches in bunches with all the slick movement. You're going to see the whole package."


"This fight will go as long as it lasts. That's all I'm going to say. He has never been hit by someone this fast, who hits this hard and this quick with this type of pressure."
Malignaggi has never been a heavy hitter but he's never been an easy man to knock off his feet.

Only two fighters have been able to stop Paulie, Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan, and both times he was still on his feet at the end of the fight.

This fight, as they said, is about pride, bragging rights, and being "King of Brooklyn."

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