Judah vs Malignaggi: Time, preview and fight cardWritten by Sam Gregory
Time: 8PM ET/ 5PM PT
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."
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."
"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."
Sam Gregory has been a professional boxing writer since 2002 for publications such as BoxingTalk.com, Boxing Digest, EastsideBoxing.com The Cyberboxing Zone, StraightJab.com, boxingnews24.com and TheSweetScience.com. He has covered numerous fights and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the sport.
As a member of the International Boxing Research Organization, Gregory specializes in boxing history, and contributes regularly to that organization's quarterly publication. He is the author of numerous biographical articles about legendary fighters, classic match-ups, memorable boxing trilogies and other subjects.
He started covering live boxing matches for the website, "Boxingtalk" in February of 2002. The first live event he covered was the Bernard Hopkins-Carl Daniels fight on February 2nd, 2002 in Reading, Pennsylvania. He also wrote several boxing related articles, interviews with boxers and trainers for Boxingtalk.
Among some of the interviews he's done was an interview with Kermit Cintron when he trained at Kings Gym in Reading. He interviewed and wrote an article about the trainers of Wrecking Crew Boxing, Norm Bagi and Lenny De Jesus in New York City. Sam visited Norm and Lenny when they were working out of a gym in the Bronx to photograph them and some of the fighters they were training. 2 or 3 separate articles came out of that one visit, including interviews with and about foreign boxers coming to the U.S. He also wrote a profile for one of their female boxers from the U.K. in order to help obtain an athletes visa for her.
All together he covered about a dozen live events as a correspondent from February of 02' thru the following year, 03'.
The first article he published in Boxing Digest was in the October 02' issue. The article was with Bernard Hopkins at ringside and the questions Sam asked him about up-coming fights, his career, etc...
Sam had about seven more articles published in Boxing Digest until they folded in 2010. The other articles were interviews with fighters, match-ups for up-coming fights and an article about Lennox Lewis at the time of his retirement. The last article he wrote for Boxing Digest was a profile of Jose' Torres when he passed away in 2009.
Sam is a member of the International Boxing Research Organization and has written several articles for their quarterly publication along with participating in the pound for pound weight class ratings for their website. IBRO also held their own Hall-of-Fame voting this year which he also participated in.
He wrote articles and stories for The Sweet Science website from early 04' until the spring of 05'. He was paid in advance by TSS to write 20 articles of my choice about anything regarding boxing from a historical point of view. He wrote biographies, stories about great fight trilogies, match-ups, etc... The Sweet Science had him do an interview with Sharmba Mitchell in 2004 before his second fight with Kostya Tszyu. That interview was also posted on Showtime's website.
Since he wrote his first article for Boxingtalk in February 02', he had articles about upcoming fights, interviews with boxers, trainers and promoters, along with covering boxing matches on TV and live events. published on several boxing websites including, Eastsideboxing, StraightJab.com, BoxingInsider.com, The Cyberboxingzone, aneutralcorner.com and boxingnews24.com. He also had articles and letters published in Boxing Digest and KO magazines.