New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Brooklyn-based ex-world boxing champions Zab Judah and Paulie Malignaggi will collide on Dec. 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
” We’re going to battle for Brooklyn,” said Malignaggi , who noted that fans still want to see the match-up. “We’ve circled each other’s orbit for a long time.”
“These guys do not want to lose in front of their home crowd, especially to another guy who is also from their hometown. So it’s about pride, Brooklyn pride, said Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer.
The 35-year-old Judah (42-8, 29 KOs) and the 32-year-old Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs) are both coming off decision losses in world title fights.
Judah lost a tough battle to then-junior welterweight titleholder Danny Garcia in April , while Malignaggi lost his welterweight belt by split decision to Adrien Broner in June.
Malignaggi would have preferred a rematch with Broner, but it had little chance of happening.
The combatants will also flip a coin via Skype to determine who hets top billing–will it be Judah-Malignaggi or Malignaggi-Judah.
In the co-feature, interim junior middleweight titlist Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KOs), 30, would face fellow southpaw and former titleholder Austin Trout (26-1, 14 KOs), 28.
Trout suffered his first defeat via unanimous decision to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in April.
He had been ordered by a sanctioning body to do a title elimination bout against former titlist Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage but instead opted to face Lara for another organization’s interim title.
A third bout will probably feature the postponed fight between super middleweight titlist Sakio Bika against Anthony Dirrell. Bika (32-5-2, 21 KOs), 34, a Cameroon native living in Australia, wi ll be making his first defense. Dirrell (26-0, 22 KOs), of Flint, Mich., who turns 29 on Monday.