LONDON (Dec. 6) – Five-time world champion Zab Judah is adamant he will be crowned ‘King of Brooklyn’ after knocking out Paulie Malignaggi.
The pair clash this Saturday night at the Barclays Center in New York, with the Brooklyn natives putting their pride on the line as they battle to be declared the best boxer from the famed borough.
The fight has been viewed in some quarters as a ‘friendly’ matchup, with the two fighters having been nothing but respectful to one another in the lead up. However, Judah has poured scorn on such claims declaring that there is nothing chummy about this weekend’s showdown.
Judah looked confident as he weighed in, hitting the scales at 146lbs, with Malignaggi bang on the welterweight limit at 147lbs.
The 36-year-old also questioned Malignaggi’s right to claim that he is from Brooklyn, claiming he isn’t the real deal.
This Saturday night’s fight card also features three world title fights, including Devon Alexander against undefeated Shawn Porter for the IBF welterweight title, Austin Trout versus Erislandy Lara for the WBA light-middleweight crown and Sakio Bika defending his WBC super-middleweight belt against the hard-hitting and unbeaten Anthony Dirrell.
Plus, earlier from the Echo Arena in Liverpool, BoxNation will bring you the highly touted prospect Paul Butler’s clash with Ruben Montoya for the WBO inter-continental super-flyweight belt, with Derry Matthews up against Stephen Ormond for the WBO European lightweight championship and Liam Smith defending his British light-middleweight title against Mark Thompson.
Malignaggi vs. Judah is live on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546) at 1am this Sunday, with Butler vs. Montoya earlier at 8pm on Saturday. Visit www.boxnation.com to subscribe.