December 4th, 2013 By Jarrad WoodsRETIREMENT PARTY FOR LOSER
New York, NY-This weekend in a bout dubbed ‘The Battle For Brooklyn,’ Paulie ‘The Magic Man’ Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs) and Zab ‘Super’ Judah (42-8, 29 KOs) will square off in a welterweight (147 lb) bout at the Barclay’s Center in the heart of the borough. Golden Boy, who promotes both Judah and Malignaggi has created a new boxing mecca of sorts, hosting a number of solid and great bouts there the past few years.
IS PAULIE-ZAB MATCH SIGNIFICANT BEYOND BROOKLYN?
This match up will certainly spark the interest of local Brooklynites and hard core fans alike, but is not significant in the division. This combined with respective twilight phases rapidly approaching in each fighters’ careers could signal the end for the loser on Saturday night and it’s very tough one to call.
MIGUEL COTTO OR AMIR KHAN COULD PICK A WINNER
Both Judah and Malignaggi have losses to Miguel Cotto and Amir Khan. Judah was stopped by both Cotto and Khan and Malignaggi was only stopped by Khan. Paulie fought Cotto to a decision loss with a broken Orbital bone while Judah complained of low blows against Cotto and Khan on
his way to both stops. This may offer some insight, as Paulie appears to posses the stronger fortitude but Paulie doesn’t posses the same threatening intensity as the aforementioned opponents who defeated Judah. With the above to consider, it’s still hard to determine who’s fortitude will be a deciding factor.
DOES LOSS FOR JUDAH MEAN BANISHMENT?
Judah has always been an exciting fighter to watch, and has provided a solid test for his opponents, even in defeat. But his career is remembered more for the bouts he’s lost more than the one’s he won. Although Zab’s remained enough of a threat to land world class bouts, he can’t seem to get those career defining victories that would elevate his status further than a gatekeeper. With his biggest win being a KO of Corey Spinks a decade ago and a controversial decision of an over hyped Lucas Matthysse, Judah may at least need to defeat Malignaggi for a shot at the Hall of Fame.
PAULIE NEED PROVE HE IS “REAL” THREAT
Pauli Malignaggi has always provided action and brought his own form of pizazz and showmanship to the ring. It’s made him a recognizable name and has gotten him title bouts and belts two divisions. But the biggest defining factor for Pauli Malignaggi is his lack of punching power. With only 7 KOs in 37 bouts, his KO percentage is less than 20%. Fortunately this stat also tells a story of a fighter with the skills necessary to get the job done regardless of his ‘pop.’
THE MALIGNAGGI ERA AS WE KNOW IT
Paulie’s biggest victories may be his revenge defeat of Juan Diaz, after he was robbed in their first bout and a amazing knockout of a once undefeated Ukranian, named Vyacheslav Senchenko. This victory is likely a major factor in Pauli continuing to fight on as a viable welterweight opponent today. But with a loss to Judah, he’s significantly less marketable and he’s himself hinted at retirement if he loses on Saturday.
WINNER GETS AT LEAST ONE MORE CHECK
It’s not easy to pick a winner here, it’s as pure of a toss up that can be imagined. Judah routinely loses to world class talent, but has never faced an opponent with such a remarkable deficiency in punching power. Malignaggi on the other hand has been defeated by faster, aggressive opponents, competencies Judah does posses in spurts.
FIGHTERS CANNOT AFFORD TO LAG HERE
If the fight is close, it’s likely Judah will be the one with the telling blows and will make the larger impression on judges. He will also have some potential as an opponent for the likes of Adrien Broner, who’s looking to win against Marcos Maidana this month. For those reasons, I believe Judah will edge this one out, although I wouldn’t bet the house on it.