Two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi is still rankled by the decision that saw him drop his WBA welterweight title to Adrien Broner in June and knows a great performance against Zab Judah on December 7 is a must as he seeks out a rematch.
The 32 year-old, who has participated in eight world championship fights in a stellar ring career, recently signed on for an all-New York battle with five-time world champion Judah at the Barclays Center as both look to turn their career’s around following tight points defeats.
Judah, 35, put in one of his best efforts of late against pound for pounder and unifiied light-welterweight king Danny Garcia last time out and heads back up to 147lbs for the first time since 2008 to face Malignaggi.
“The one thing you can say about Zab is you can never count him out, he will always come to fight,” Malignaggi told World Boxing News.
“He showed great heart against Danny Garcia and came to win that fight.
“It’s good that this fight is finally on as there were always some talks about me fighting Zab, but nothing serious ever came of it. It’s official now though for December 7th and will be a ‘Battle of Brooklyn.’
“We all know that Judah is Judah, he has been in the ring with some of the best and will be ready to fight come fight time.”
With the Judah fight set to take place just one week prior to rival Broner facing Argentinian puncher Marcos Maidana, Malignaggi can’t help but think it should be him lining up against ‘The Problem’ at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in another world title fight.
“Broner is fighting Maidana, but we all know it should be me in a rematch,” stated Malignaggi. “I know it can’t happen right now, but It should happen in 2014 as we need to settle the score.
“It was a very close fight the last time that could of gone either way. And like I have said before, I have been in different states and countries since that fight and I hear I won everytime so lets do it again!”
One of the ultimate goals for any fighter hovering around the 140-160lb mark these days is obviously to mix it with the best of this generation, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Paulie is no different.
A victory over Judah, followed by the subsequent avenging of his Broner loss would certainly put Malignaggi in the bracket to fill one of Mayweather’s remaining slots with Showtime as the ‘Magic Man’ puts victory in his next fight above all else.
“It’s no secret that everyone wants a crack at Mayweather,” he said. “I always want fight the best and Floyd is at the top right now. First, I have to face Judah and win, then will see what happens next.”