This Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York boxing fans all around the world will be given the opportunity to watch four fights put on by Showtime. The most anticipated match up for this event will be former two-time division world champs Zab Judah (42-8, 29 KO's) vs. Paulie Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KO's). These two veterans will clash in the ring to see who will walk away labeled "The King of Brooklyn."
Both of these fighters are considered past their prime, Judah being 36 years-old and Malignaggi 33. The winner of this event may not automatically be elevated to the top tier joining the elite boxers in that division, but definitely a formidable opponent for another generous paycheck.
Zab Judah's boxing career has had its ups and downs. At one time, he was considered one of the slickest southpaw fighters since former champion Pernell 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker. During his prime, Judah was gifted with speed and power and still has doses of that to dish out today, even at an older age. He's usually in great shape. He has been an exhilarating fighter to watch granted he suffered some brutal loses.
Some of his most notable fights were with the pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Miguel Cotto. Regardless of him losing both fights, he did dished out punishment just as well as he received it. It seemed even though he fought some of the best in the sport, he never could get the notoriety of an elite A-class fighter. It will depend on how well he performs against Malignaggi that will determine where his future will go from here. The same goes for Malignaggi who has not been as marketable as Judah.
Paulie Malignaggi has always fought with heart and pride. He will stand in there and slug with the best. His power and knockout rate has always been questionable by his foes. He's coming off a tough loss against the young undefeated star Adrien Broner. This fight Saturday night means a lot to him—especially, going against a homeboy who is trying to claim the whole city of 'Brooklyn' as his own. His emotions usually bubbles right through his skin, when he feels threatened and hit clean by punches during big a fight.
Other key match ups will be welterweight champion Devon Alexander (25-1, 14 KO's) who defends his IBF belt against Shawn Porter (22-0-1, 14 KO's). Former light middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-1, 14 KO's) will do battle against Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KO's). Also, super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell (26-0, 22 KO's) against Sakio Bika (35-5-2, 21 KO's).
Get ready for an action-packed fun-filled weekend of boxing. If somehow the remote accidentally switches the channel over to HBO, there are a few other good match ups on that station as well. The exciting fast-hands super bantamweight titlist Guillermo Rigondeaux will battle it out against Joseph Agbeko and former light middleweight champions James Kirkland against Glen Tapia.
On another note: If there were a ten count that could be heard here today, imagine it being the sound of a loud bell traveling all the way across the country from South Africa. Let's remember the passing of a former boxer himself and a huge fan of the sport. But, more importantly he was the first black president of South Africa and one of the world's greatest revolutionary icon and freedom fighters known to mankind, Nelson Mandela (1918 - 2013). He was 95 years-old. And—May his soul truly rest in peace.