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Paulie Malignaggi is 1-1 at his hometown Barclays Center.
Even with both fighters past their best days in the ring, the main event of Showtime's big boxing telecast on Saturday night has more than a few compelling storylines.
It's being dubbed the "Battle of Brooklyn" and with good reason.
Both Zab Judah—Brownsville—and Paulie Malignaggi—Bensonhurst—are natives of the borough, and if you ran into them on the street, you'd know it.
Each man wears his Brooklyn style and attitude as a badge of honor. Both have been known in their careers for engaging in entertaining and often colorful trash talk. Though, in their defense, the promotion for this fight has been pretty respectful and tame.
Both played an integral role in helping the Barclays Center get off the ground as a boxing venue, with Malignaggi defeating Pablo Cesar Cano as the co-feature of the arena's inaugural card in October 2012, and Judah putting in a spirited effort in defeat to Danny Garcia in April of this year.
If the desire to lay claim to the title of Brooklyn's best fighter weren't enough, both men are badly in need of a win to keep their career moving forward. Both are former multi-time, multi-weight world champions who have struggled in recent fights.
Malignaggi lost his last bout and his welterweight title—by close split decision to Adrien Broner at Barclays in June—and Judah dropped the aforementioned decision to Garcia.
With the fighters 33 and 36 years old, Father Time is right around the corner, and the loser of this fight will struggle to get another high-profile assignment.
So to the victor goes not only the title of King of Brooklyn but also a chance to continue on fighting another day.