Welterweight contender Paul Malignaggi told RingTV’s Bill Emes that he’d love to face the Adrien Broner-Marcos Maidana winner following his dominant decision over Zab Judah. “That (WBA welterweight) title belongs to me,” said Malignaggi, who added that he’d be willing to face 140-pound champ Danny Garcia at welterweight.
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.
Guillermo Rigondeaux, Shawn Porter, Paulie Malignaggi, James Kirkland, Erislandy Lara and Felix Sturm all turn in impressive victories on a very busy weekend.
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.
Paul Malignaggi boxed one of the most disciplined and effective matches of his career, out-jabbing, outworking and out-thinking fellow veteran Zab Judah over 12 rounds to earn a lopsided unanimous decision by scores of 116-111 and 117-110 (twice) on Saturday in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Zab Judah on Paulie Malignaggi: “On Saturday night, that’s going to be my inauguration as the new King of Brooklyn.”
Paulie Malignaggi said he never has lost to a southpaw, which Zab Judah is, and that he is unconcerned about the judges despite his rancor over scoring in his past two bouts at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
You can watch today’s Zab Judah-Paul Malignaggi weigh-in right now, right here on RingTV.com thanks to Showtime’s live video stream.
Fans share their thoughts on some of this weekend’s and next weekend’s major bouts, ask Dougie for his picks on Saturday’s Showtime- and HBO-televised fights, and give their two cents on Adonis Stevenson, Sergey Kovalev and much more in this week’s Friday mailbag. Enjoy!
Former junior welterweight titleholder Amir Khan, who is in New York to work Showtime’s Zab Judah-Paul Malignaggi broadcast on Saturday, says a fight between him and Floyd Mayweather makes more sense than any other match available to boxing’s No. 1 attraction.
Paulie Malignaggi on Saturday’s bout with Zab Judah: “Back in the Roman times, you never knew who you fought, but you fought to the death. Sometimes, you probably did have to fight your friend and it was either him or you.”
Zab Judah has been in boxing so long – 18 years as a pro – that he inspired Paul Malignaggi when his fellow Brooklynite was an amateur. Judah says he once sparred with a young Malignaggi, who says it never happened, but the two vets will definitely trade leather when they fight as pros on Saturday.
Paulie Malignaggi and Zab Judah will meet in Saturday’s clash of Brooklyn natives. Sixteen boxing experts are split over who will win the showdown between the veteran two-division titleholders.