QUOTE (Jack 1000 @ Dec 4 2013, 04:15 PM)
The fighters on the Showtime card aren't really "keep asses in the seats" type of fighters where the judges are going to be influenced to protect a guy too much. Paulie Malinaggi as pointed out is with Al Hayman. Judah has however been given so many second, third, and fourth chances. You have two fighters who have several losses on their records, but it's a "Brooklyn Special." so maybe Paulie and Zab will give a better fight than expected.
Some very good 50/50 tactical matches on the Showtime card. Hard to pick winners on some of these fights. Trout-Lara has been called "A boxing purist's dream" according to one writer, so we'll see what happens.
There's no better time for a Judah/Malignaggi fight to happen, than now. Had it happened any earlier than this (about 2 years ago), then one guy would've been a stepping stone for the other. Being that they're on even terms (lost their recent fight in a close and/or exciting fashion), this fight "doesn't seem all that bad".
I'll admit, I wasn't clamoring over this fight, but both guys have shown that they're not completely done, so I can dig it. Had this been something along the lines of a Mosley/Morales (at WW) where both guys are shot, then it would be a slap in the face. I cant say that I wouldn't watch it, but it would've been a slap in the face.
Speaking of WW, how did that go over my head? This Judah/Malignaggi fight is at WW...a weight that Zab made clear that he wouldn't fight at again. Anyway, Zab was barely making 140 in his last couple of fights, so this may have been a good thing.
I think that he'll probably come in at 144...since Paulie not a huge WW or a big puncher...I can see Zab only coming up a few lbs, and keeping his speed. Now that I think about it, Zab was fast at WW, but am I the only one that thinks he jumped to WW a bit too prematurely back then? Maybe it was because of money, maybe?
QUOTE (xxxxxx @ Dec 5 2013, 03:36 AM)
The Showtime card is better on paper, but Boxing isn't always fought that way so we will see. The Zab-Paulie fight stands out to me the most, I'm looking forward to that one.
WHo are you picking???