Boxing preview: Battle of Brooklyn, Malignaggi vs. Judah, Showtime Sat 8 pm

Showtime lights up the Barclays Center in Brooklyn with an event featuring many hometown heroes. Photo: Paulie Malinaggi, Bernard Hopkins, Zab Judah / Tom Casino, Showtime

SAN DIEGO, December 6, 2013 – Boxing fans, you’ve been awfully good this year. You put up with some bad decisions and messy matchups. Your reward is a holiday season boxing buffet loaded up with fights sure to please any fan on Saturday night, airing on Showtime and HBO.

The evening gets underway on Showtime at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn with plenty of local boxers on the card including the main event featuring Brooklyn natives Paulie Malignaggi vs. Zab Judah. Showtime and promoters Golden Boy are calling it the Brooklyn Championship. Why not, we’ll play along. A fight for hometown bragging rights is always fun to watch.

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Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs) and Judah 42-8 (29 KOs) will fight in a 12-round welterweight contest. Both have held titles, but neither currently wears a championship belt.  Despite the three other fights on the televised program all being title fight, this one still rates as the main event of the evening. 

Malignaggi, taking the night off from his role as color commentator for Showtime, will fight for the third time at the Barclays Center. He lost his title belt to Adrien Broner in a split decision loss in June. Judah lost his last fight in a decision to Danny Garcia in April, but looked sharper than he has in many years against a strong opponent. 

Paulie Malignaggi and Zab Judah in a faceoff at Friday’s weigh-in in Brooklyn. Photo: Tom Casino, Showtime.

These two love to trash talk, but both have been respectful and friendly toward each other this fight. They didn’t let us down completely, throwing a few barbs at the final news conference this week for our entertainment.

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Judah said, “This is my office. They built this building for me. There are two Zabs, in case you didn’t know. There are two of us. I’ve brought back the guy from before. On Saturday night, I’m bringing that old, vicious, young Zab back. This is a special opportunity for me …  This isn’t a game for me. People keep saying this fight is friendly but at the end of the day these are the old Roman days. Only thing different is I can’t behead him, so I’m going to knock him out.”

“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,” said Malignaggi of this fight. “Like Zab said, it’s not personal for him, and it’s not personal for me, either, but it’s me or him … At the end of the day, when the bell rings, even if my mother is across the ring from me, I’ll punch her right in the mouth. So that’s just the mentality we have as fighters. So on Saturday night, yeah, there’s only going to be one king, and I plan on that being me.”

Boxing at Barclays Center Saturday (L to R): Anthony Dirrell, Erislandy Lara, Devon Alexander, Paulie Malignaggi, Zab Judah, Shawn Porter, Austin Trout, Sakio Bika. Photo: Courtesy Showtime.

Also sharing time on this card are three world title fights. Devon Alexander (25-1-0, 14 KOs) faces undefeated Shawn Porter (22-0-1, 14 KOs) for the IBF welterweight title; since a 2011 loss to Timothy Bradley Jr., Alexander has defeated Lucas Matthysse, Marcos Maidana and Randall Bailey.

New Mexico’s Austin Trout (26-1-0 14 KOs) fights Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KOs), formerly of Cuba now based in Florida for the WBA light-middleweight crown. Trout’s last notable fight was a decision loss to Canelo Alvarez; Lara scored a TKO against Alfredo Angulo and was close on scorecards in a fight with Vanes Martirosyan a year ago when it was stopped due to a cut to Martirosyan from an accidental head butt.

Sakio Bika (32-5-1, 21 KOs) defends his WBC super-middleweight belt against unbeaten Anthony Dirrell (26-0-0, 22 KOs), an up and coming knockout artist. All fighters including Malignaggi and Judah made weight Friday.

Communities will host a Live Boxing Chat beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, December 7 for our Showtime/HBO Boxing Buffet. We get underway with the Showtime card starting at 8 p.m. ET. HBO’s card begins at 9:45 p.m. ET and we will keep you updated on all the action from Brooklyn and Atlantic City.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +


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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.


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