Malignaggi beats Judah in a welterweight bout
Paulie Malignaggi won a unanimous decision against Zab Judah in
a welterweight bout on Saturday between two Brooklyn-born fighters
billed the ”Battle of Brooklyn.”
The judges scored it 116-111, 117-110 and 117-110 in favor of
Malignaggi (33-5) in a fight that had many in the crowd at
Brooklyn’s Barclays Center booing the lack of action.
The 33-year-old Malignaggi landed 230 of his 607 punches thrown,
including 122 of 376 jabs. He spent most of the fight with blood on
the left side of his face.
”It definitely allows me to continue boxing,” Malignaggi said.
”With a loss, I don’t know if I wanted to continue.”
It was the third loss in four fights for the 36-year-old Judah
(42-9), who is a five-time champion in the light welterweight and
welterweight divisions. Judah landed 121 of 498 punches, including
67 of 386 jabs.
”I was very motivated for this fight,” Judah said. ”I came to
fight and so did Paulie. He did a good job of staying outside. It
just wasn’t there.”
Malignaggi was dropped briefly at the 2:26 mark of the second
round when Judah connected with a hard left hand, but he came back
swinging and continued to throw jabs in the middle rounds while
Judah constantly ducked the punches.
Both fighters were coming off losses on cards at the Barclays
Center, with Malignaggi losing to Adrian Broner in a split decision
in June that cost him his welterweight title and Judah being
outpointed by Danny Garcia in April.
Malignaggi said he now wants to fight the winner of the next
weekend’s bout between Broner and Marcos Maidana, who will compete
for welterweight crown in San Antonio.
”This big win puts me in the right spot for a fight in the
talented welterweight division,” he said.
All three fights on the undercard also went the distance.
Shawn Porter (23-0-1) remained unbeaten and took the IBF
welterweight title by outpointing Devon Alexander (25-2), 115-113,
116-112 and 116-112.
Erlslandy Lara (19-1-2) retained his WBA Interim Super
Welterweight championship with a unanimous decision over Austin
Trout (26-2), who dropped his second straight fight since retaining
the light welterweight title by defeating Miguel Cotto last
December at Madison Square Garden.
Sakio Bika (32-5-3) retained his WBC Super Middleweight
championship by taking a split decision against Anthony