Judah/Malignaggi Ready For Battle Of Brooklyn

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Brooklyn natives and hometown favorites Zab Judah and Paulie Malignaggi came together today at Brooklyn’s Barclays center to announce their match-up scheduled for December 7th and presented by Golden Boy on Showtime.

Sharing not only a hometown but a long time mutual respect for each other, the opponents promised a great show that wow not only the people of Brooklyn but the viewing world. Here are a few quotes from the competitors as well as Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer from today’s press conference.

“I am happy to be back fighting in front of my hometown crowd,” said Judah, who is from Brownsville. “Paulie and I have known each other for a long time and we have a mutual respect for each other, but with this fight on Dec. 7 it is going to be like the ancient Roman days. There has to be a leader and that position belongs to me.”

BWon64_CYAAyYSX“I have always admired Zab’s skills and his resume speaks for itself,” said Malignaggi, a native of Bensonhurst.But this is the ‘Battle of Brooklyn’ and winning this fight is worth more than any world title.”

“In a year of great fights, I have to say that this one is high on my list of the most anticipated,” said CEO of Golden Boy Promotions Richard Schaefer. “Paulie and Zab are two of the slickest, fastest and most charismatic boxers in the world today and when you add in the fact that they’re fighting for Brooklyn bragging rights, it’s going to be an early holiday gift for boxing fans.”

“Judah vs. Malignaggi promises to be a high intensity chess match between two master boxers” said Vice President of Super Judah Promotions Bill Halkias.¬†This fight is not only special to Brooklyn boxing fans, but also a highly anticipated fight for boxing fans in general. Who wouldn’t want to see two highly skilled and experienced world champion boxers go at it for the right to be crowned ‘The King of Brooklyn’? I believe Dec. 7 will be a night to remember.”

Also appearing on the card, WBA super welterweight interim champion Erislandy Lara will make his first title defense against former champion Austin Trout. Additional undercard bouts will be announced in the coming weeks.

Early predictions. Will the newly inspired Zab Judah continue fighting into the late rounds and place Paulie Malignaggi permanently on the anchor desk? Will Paulie’s banter and conditioning get into the mind of Judah and take him out of his game?

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