BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Two-division titlewinners Zab Judah and Paulie Malignaggi weighed 146 and 147, respectively, on Friday in advance of Saturday’s welterweight clash between the Brooklyn natives at Barclays Center.
Judah, who turned 36 in October, was last at Barclays Center in April, when he rose from an eighth-round knockdown during a close unanimous-decision loss to RING, WBA and WBC 140-pound champion Danny Garcia.
Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs), 33, lost his WBA welterweight title via split decision to Adrien Broner in his last appearance.
Malignaggi had won the belt with a ninth-round stoppage of previously unbeaten Vyacheslav Senchenko on Ukrainian soil, representing Malignaggi’s fifth straight victory as a welterweight during a run that had included two knockouts.
“This is an exciting time, not just for me and Zab, but for all of the fans of Brooklyn. I think that we’re going to put on a great show, and I’m looking forward to becoming the King of Brooklyn. I’m fully focused, I’m concentrated, and we had a great training camp,” said Malignaggi.
“We have a great game plan in place for him. I know that he’s coming … and there is a lot of ego on the line, but at the end of the day, I know that [I want to] win the fight even more than he does.”
Malignaggi took several long swigs from a large bottle of Evian after weighing in, and looked fit despite apparently having dropped more weight than ever in his seven straight weigh-ins as a 147-pounder.
Meanwhile, Judah has moved up and down throughout much of his career. Judah’s other losses were to Joshua Clottey, Kostya Tszyu, Miguel Cotto, Carlos Baldomir, Cory Spinks and Floyd Mayweather Jr., with all but the ones against Khan and Tszyu taking place in the welterweight division.
“I want to welcome everybody to my house, and thank you for coming out. This is going to be a celebration. The crowning of a new king. I’m here to take it,” said Judah. “I’m coming back with the fast hands, the dominating speed, the dominating power, the aggressive attitude. Just that whole, Brooklyn B.K. way of living, no doubt about that.”
In addition, junior middleweights Austin Trout (26-1, 14 KOs) and Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KOs) weighed 153.8 and 153.2, and WBC super middleweight titleholder Sakio Bika (32-5-2, 21 KOs) was 166.6 compared to 167.4 for challenger Anthony Dirrell (26-0, 22 KOs).
THE UNDERCARD BOUTS
For other bouts, Brooklyn welterweight Sadam “World Kid” Ali (17-0, 10 KOs) and Mexican rival Jesus Selig (16-1-1, 10 KOs) each came in at 147, while light heavyweight and 2012 U.S. Olympian Marcus Browne (7-0, 6 KOs) and rival Kevin Engel (20-8, 16 KOs) both weighed 176.8.
Featherweights Juan Dominguez (15-0, 11 KOs) and Carmilo Perez (9-1, 4 KOs) were 122.6 and 123, respectively, and junior middleweights Julian Williams (13-0-1, 7 KOs) and Orlando Lora (29-4-2, 19 KOs) at 154.8 and 153.8.
Judah and Malignaggi are pocketing $600,000 each, Alexander is making $500,000, and Porter, $200,000, according to the New York State Athletic Commission.
Bika is making $325,000 compared to $100,000 for Dirrell, and Trout, $300,000 to $270,000 for Lara.
Browne’s take is $75,000 and Engel’s $7,000, Ali’s is $15,000 to Selig’s $8,000, Williams and Lora will make $8,500 each, and Perez and Domingez, $5,000 and $4,000, respectively.
ALEXANDER TO ‘MAKE A STATEMENT’ VERSUS PORTER
The victory over Purdy represented Alexander’s fourth straight victory since falling to current WBO 147-pound beltholder Tim Bradley by 10th-round technical decision in 2011.
Alexander had hoped to land a bout with Khan, who instead may be in line to face Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May.
“I’ve got fighters out there who are scared to fight me, but whoever steps up to the plate, that’s who I’ve got to deal with,” said Alexander, who is 26.
“Shawn Porter stepped up to the plate, so I’ve got to deal with him and continue to win. Every fight that I fight is a statement fight, and I’m looking to make a statement this Saturday night, and he’s no exception.”
TROUT TELLS LARA ‘THIS IS AMERICA,’ VOWS REDEMPTION, ‘ASS-WHOOPING’
During their post-weigh-in staredown, Trout had words with Lara, who is Cuban and does not speak English.
When asked what was said during their face-to-face, Trout said he was unsure what Lara had said.
“I don’t know what he was saying, man. This is America,” said Trout, of Las Cruces, N.M., who speaks “a little bit” of Spanish, according to his manager, Bob Spagnola.
“He’s been very disprespectful, and even though I respect all fighters in the ring, but as a man, I don’t respect him too much. I just going to put an ass-whooping on him tomorrow night.”
Trout unanimously decisioned Miguel Cotto for a career-defining victory on Dec. 1 of last year at New York’s Madison Square Garden in front of family members, one of whom was his grandmother, Ann Johnson, who passed away in May.
While Trout has dedicated Saturday’s clash to Johnson, he also welcomes relatives such as great grandmother Dorothy Johnson, who celebrated her 88th birthday the day Trout ended Cotto’s unbeaten mark at The Garden at 7-0. Many of those related to Trout are from New York.
“I have something to prove to my fans and to my family,” said Trout, who is coming off a unanimous-decision loss to Canelo Alvarez in April. “This is going to be like that ‘Redemption Song’ by Bob Marley.”
DANNY JACBOS’ KINSHIP WITH DIRRELL
In May of last year, Dirrell suffered a broken leg during a motorcycle accident, this, after having been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma shortly after he stopped James Hopkins in December 2006.
Having returned to boxing after overcoming paralysis caused by a large, malignant tumor on his spine, Danny Jacobs (26-1, 23 knockouts) is coming off of a sensational third-round stoppage of former title challenger Giovanni Lorenzo — his sixth straight knockout.
“We shared, obviously, the same situation as far as battling cancer and being a survivor of it, so we’ve come together at times on that, even though we have a prior relationship as far as being survivors as amateurs,” said Jacobs, 26. “Recently, our topics have been about our stories and how we’ve been able to obviously beat cancer and how we can help other people to either fight it, or to become inspired from it.”
“I haven’t heard of any other opponents,” said Jacobs who stopped Keenan Collins in the fourth round prior to facing Lorenzo. “But they’re looking to put me back in there probably in March. I would love the title shot with whomever, but we’ll see what happens.”
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