Posted: Dec 7, 2013 10:54 PM
Updated: Dec 7, 2013 10:54 PM
NEW YORK (AP) Paulie Malignaggi won a unanimous decision against Zab Judah in a welterweight bout on Saturday night at the Barclays Center.
The judges scored it 116-111, 117-110 and 117-110 in favor of Malignaggi (33-5) in a fight that had many in the crowd of 9,363 booing the lack of action.
The 33-year-old Malignaggi landed 230 of his 607 punches thrown, including 122 of 376 jabs. He spent most of the fight with blood on the left side of his face.
It was the third loss in four fights for Judah (42-9), who is a five-time champion within the light welterweight and welterweight divisions. Judah landed 121 of 498 punches, including 67 of 386 jabs.
The fight was billed as the "Battle of Brooklyn," with Judah representing the Brownsville section of the borough and Malignaggi competing for Bensonhurst. Both fighters were coming off losses on cards at the Barclays Center but Malignaggi was presented with a belt that contained the logo of the arena.
Malignaggi lost to Adrian Broner in a split decision on June 22 that cost him his welterweight title. Judah was outpointed by Danny Garcia on April 27.
Malignaggi was dropped briefly at the 2:26 mark of the second round when Judah connected with a hard left hand. After unsuccessfully arguing with referee Michael Ortega, Malignaggi came back swinging and continued to throw jabs in the middle rounds while Judah constantly ducked the punches.
Judah's best round seemed to be the seventh, when he started and ended with a number of body shots but was unable to finish them.
All three fights on the undercard also went the distance.
Shawn Porter (23-0-1) remained unbeaten and took the IBF welterweight title by outpointing Devon Alexander (25-2), 115-113, 116-112 and 116-112