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.
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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.
Paulie Malignaggi says he is motivated to defeat Zab Judah, despite the fact that the Brooklyn natives are friends. Malignaggi and Judah headline a Showtime-televised card at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Saturday.
IBF welterweight titleholder Devon Alexander sparred for nine weeks in preparation for Saturday’s defense against Shawn Porter. Trainer Kevin Cunningham issued a video of his star boxer sparirng.
Two-division titlewinner Paulie Malignaggi says he had knockout power in his right hand before it was ravaged by repeated injuries and surgeries. Malignaggi faces fellow veteran Zab Judah in their native Brooklyn on Saturday.
Devon Alexander’s trainer Kevin Cunningham: “Shawn Porter is going to find out that he’s in way out of his league and that they bit off more than they can chew. That’s going to be crystal clear on Dec. 7.”