Middleweight beltholder Peter Quillin could soon defend his WBO title against promotional stablemate Danny Jacobs.
A disappointed Zab Judah spoke to the media after losing a one-sided decision to Paul Malignaggi. "He had a better game plan," said the former 140- and 147-pound champ. "I couldn't close the distance. His timing and movement was good." Judah, 36, says he will continue his long career and stay at welterweight.
Anthony Dirrell was disappointed in the split-draw verdict of his first 12-round fight against Sakio Bika. The unbeaten super middleweight says the rugged veteran used rough-house tactics and still deserved to lose his WBC title.
Shawn Porter was on Cloud 9 after winning the IBF welterweight title by outboxing and out-fighting odds favorite Devon Alexander. "My game plan was to make him fight," said Porter, who added that he would "welcome" a unification bout with the Adrien Broner-Marcos Maidana winner.
Guillermo Rigondeaux, Shawn Porter, Paulie Malignaggi, James Kirkland, Erislandy Lara and Felix Sturm all turn in impressive victories on a very busy weekend.
Images from Erislandy Lara UD 12 Austin Trout, Sakio Bika D 12 Anthony Dirrell and Shawn Porter UD 12 Devon Alexander in Brooklyn, N.Y. Photos by Naoki Fukuda.
Shawn Porter on Devon Alexander: "The game plan was to make him fight and make him do things that he didn't want to do. I didn't want him to get into any kind of comfort zone."
Former junior middleweight contender James Kirkland reclaimed his place as one of the sport’s most fascinating, fan-friendly fighters by topping previously unbeaten Glen Tapia in six thrilling and brutal rounds on Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J. Many fans thought the fight should have been stopped sooner.
Paul Malignaggi turned his “Brawl for Brooklyn” against Zab Judah into a pure boxing match for borough bragging rights by out-jabbing and outworking his fellow former champ en route to a one-sided and somewhat uneventful decision.
Action shots from Paulie Malignaggi's unanimous-decision victory over Zab Judah at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Photos by Naoki Fukuda.