By Jason Pribila – Ringside in Brooklyn: On Saturday Night Golden Boy Promotions promoted “The Battle for Brooklyn” between Zab Judah and Paulie Malignaggi. One would not have been able to tell that each fighter was coming off a loss the way they were greeted by a raucous crowd of 9,363, who packed the Barclays Center with the hopes of seeing a firefight. The problem is that only one of the participants had any bullets left in their guns.
Many felt that this fight would tell a lot about what each fighter had left. A victory would mean another payday as well as remaining relevant in the sports glamour division. A loss would most likely send Malignaggi to a full time broadcasting career, and Judah to a place he seems to have been several times before.
Obviously Malignaggi would have to outbox Judah. For as skilled as the “Magic Man is, I can’t recall a fight in which he had the advantage in punching power. Judah would have to move his hands, and avoid fading down the stretch of a close fight.
It turned out that other than an “excuse me” knockdown in the second round, Judah was never in the fight. This is not to say that Malignaggi was setting CompuBox records. He was simply beating Judah to the punch; a single punch at a time.
Judah fought well book-ending the seventh round with flurries. He was unable to build on the momentum, and the fight returned to being fought at Malignaggi’s pace.
For many hoping that Judah could rally down the stretch as he did against Danny Garcia, this was instead the Zab Judah who fought Amir Khan. Even when openings presented themselves, Zab was unable to pull the trigger.
The final bell rang, and suddenly the fighters seemed like they wanted to trade. A potential scuffle was broken up immediately, and the fighters returned to their corners waiting for what would be a pretty obvious verdict.
Final scores of: 116-111, 117-110, 117-110 were all read in favor of Paulie Malignaggi
Malignaggi out punched Judah 607 – 498, and he out landed him 220-121.
Following the fight Malignaggi said that he would be promised a big fight from none other than influential advisor Al Haymon. If you can’t beat them, join them; I guess.
Jason Pribila is a full voting member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He could be reached for questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Twitter.com @PribsBoxing