At least for tonight, Paulie Malignaggi is the King of Brooklyn.
The fight was billed as the "Battle of Brooklyn," with the bragging rights of an entire borough on the line, and quite possibly, the careers of both fighters.
In the end, it was the "Magic Man" who would prevail.
Scores were 116-111, 117-110 and 117-110.
From the outset, it was clear that Malignaggi—of Bensonhurst—would be the more active fighter. Judah—representing Brownsville—seemed reluctant to let his hands go, and he was consistently beaten to the punch by his faster foe.
Judah's lone moment in the fight came in the second round, when he connected on a left hand, aided by tangled legs, that sent an incensed Malignaggi to the canvas. He vehemently protested the ruling but to no avail.
From that point on, Judah appeared to be fighting in reverse, and Malignaggi imposed his will, using his speed and jab to completely dominate the contest.
In the co-featured bout of the evening, Shawn Porter (23-0-1, 14 KO) upset Devon Alexander (25-2, 14 KO), winning a unanimous decision and capturing the IBF Welterweight Championship.
Scores were 115-112, 116-112 and 116-112.
Porter came out in the early rounds and swarmed the former champion. He didn't allow him to get set and control the distance like he's accustomed to doing.
Much of the fight was spent at close-quarters, with both fighters mauling and Porter getting the better of the action inside. Alexander wasn't nearly as sharp as usual, and he was stunned several times early in the fight.
In earlier action, Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO) successfully defended his Interim WBA Junior Middleweight Championship, putting on a boxing clinic and winning a wide unanimous decision over former champion Austin Trout (26-2, 14 KO).
Scores were 118-109, 117-110 and 117-110.
After the fight, Lara was clear about who he wants next.
"I did what Canelo could not do. I dominated Trout and I dropped him. Now we gotta make the fight everyone wants to see. Which is me against Canelo," Lara said.
In the opening bout of the evening, Sakio Bika (32-5-3, 21 KO) retained his WBC Super Middleweight Championship with a sloppy, and difficult to score split-draw against Anthony Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KO).
Bika was the more active fighter throughout, but was dropped in the fifth round and had a point taken for a borderline low-blow in the 11th round which wound up being the difference between a draw and a win.
All quotes were obtained first-hand.