It is apparent Zab Judah (42-9) should retire from boxing. He lost a unanimous decision on Saturday night in what was billed as a Battle for Brooklyn with Paulie Malignaggi (33-5). Malignaggi used an accurate jab and steady body work to outwork Judah for most of the fight.
The iconic hip-hop lyric from KRS-One's classic "The Bridge is Over" says "Brooklyn keeps on taking it." On this night, only one of the fighters really seemed to want it.
The judges scored the fight as follows: 116-111, 117-110 (two judges) all for Malignaggi.
Judah did drop Malignaggi in the second round, but tangled feet were as responsible for the fall as the punch that landed. Malignaggi was more annoyed by the event than he was hurt.
He quickly rose to his feet and resumed his very solid game plan of feints, jabs and body punching. For nearly the entire fight, Judah looked tentative and disinterested. In a fight that was supposed to be filled with so much pride and passion, Judah fought the bout like a sparring session.
At 36 years old, it would seem to be pointless for him to continue his career. Were he fighting someone with more power, Judah probably would have been stopped. After the bout was over, he looked emotionally defeated and like a man who simply didn't have the fire or willingness to perform at the level he once did.
Malignaggi looked spry, aggressive and hungry to continue his career at a high level. Following up a solid performance against Adrien Broner, Malignaggi has shown he can still put on an impressive display of boxing with his fast hands and high in-ring IQ.
He has said he wants a rematch with Broner, but the WBA champion may not see any benefit in facing Malignaggi again. Even if The Problem doesn't want to jump back in the ring with Malignaggi, the latter has still created opportunities for himself.
He stated in the post-fight interview with Showtime's Jim Gray that world-renowned manager and adviser Al Haymon promised him big fights if he beat Judah. Malignaggi did just that. We must now wait to see what's next for him.
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