On December 7th, fellow Brooklynytes Zab Judah (42-8 29 KOs) and Paulie Malignaggi (32-5 7KOs) will be fighting at the Barclays Center in their hometown of Brooklyn, New York. Judah admits that he never thought that this fight with Malignaggi would transpire as there is so much history between the two. Both fighters in their last fight lost in the Barclays Center. With a shot at redemption in front of their home-crowd, Judah is expecting an exciting fight. “I lost my last fight here at Barclays and Paulie lost his last fight at Barclays Center and it didn’t mean anything. We are still two dynamite fighters. Our skills speak for themselves.” He continued, “On Dec. 7, we are coming to bring fireworks.”
Both Judah and Malignaggi have a reputation to talk trash but this fight is different. With the history these two have between each other, it’s all respect, Judah stated, “I have known Paulie for a long time. I watched him grow throughout the years. I was always very proud of him because he represented the ‘BK’. I always stood by his side.”
Styles make fights, and in this bout we see two fighters who fight using the jab to set up their punches. Judah is expecting the fight to turn into a true pugilistic chess match. “We might break a jab count because I throw a lot of jabs and Paulie throws a lot of jabs. I think we are going to give a good, classy act of boxing that night.”
Malignaggi has been criticized from the start of his career and has been labeled a “Soft Puncher”. Not only does Judah feel he is the harder puncher of the two, he feels on December 7th he will be the quicker fighter as well. “My main edge over Paulie will be hand speed and power. Paulie has quick hands too. He throws a lot of punches, but he has nothing to hold me off,” stated Judah.
With the fight being in Brooklyn, Judah coming off a loss, and a fight that you could consider is a do or die type fight for both fighters, Judah is doing all he can to be prepared. With just about two months till the fight he is already in camp, ready for his last hurrah. “I’ve been waking up and going to the gym, sparring young guys and training. I am already putting in work at the gym.”