Well, that was embarrassing.
After proving that he could, in fact, go an entire fight without mentally imploding against Danny Garcia, former champion Zab Judah put on an absolutely pathetic performance in Brooklyn tonight, getting outworked by Paulie Malignaggi for a wide decision loss.
Despite Paulie's legendarily-bad punching power, Judah refused to engage, throwing at best a dozen power punches per round. Instead, he was content to jab and get picked apart at range by Malignaggi, showing zero intention of counter-punching.
Judah's sole strong moment of the fight came in the second round, when he appeared to drop Paulie with a combination, but replays showed that their legs were actually tangled. The rest of the fight consisted of Paulie landing a high volume of weak strikes to the head and body.
Unfortunately, the main event was about par for the course. In the co-main, undefeated Shawn Porter upset Devon Alexander for the IBF welterweight title, using a highly-aggressive attack and exploiting Alexander's lack of power. After badly wobbling Devon in the third, the fight mostly devolved into clinching, with both men digging short shots to the head and body and Porter getting the better of it. Porter eventually took home a wide unanimous decision.
It was still better than the second bout, which saw Erislandy Lara outclass Austin Trout over twelve painfully-dull rounds. The sole bright spot was Lara crushing Trout in the eleventh with a left hand that by all rights should have left Trout drooling on the canvas. Instead, Trout beat the count and continued getting handily outworked.
At least the opening bout, a draw between Sakio Bika and Anthony Dirrell, was dirty as hell and thus highly entertaining. Bika survived getting dropped in the fifth to simply out-bastard Dirrell, mauling in the clinch and landing a surprisingly-large amount of wild overhands. He was deducted a point for a low blow in the eleventh, which wound up costing him the fight.
Still, quality scrap.
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