Only one man showed up to fight in the “Battle For Brooklyn” tonight. Zab Judah boxed well in the first two rounds and managed to drop Malignaggi with a counter left hand. From that point on Judah may as well have left the arena, because he did nothing else. Judah stood and looked at Malignaggi for the next ten rounds and did nothing but eat a steady diet of jabs and right hands. Malignaggi looked very good tonight, and will definitely be in line for a big fight moving forward. Judah should do himself and the fans a big favor and finally just hang them up.
On the under-card Sakio Bika and Anthony Dirrell fought to a very spirited draw. Dirrell proved to be too much like his brother, doing just enough to not get the win. Dirrell dropped Bika in the fifth round and had him badly hurt, but then for no real reason stopped throwing punches. Bika was deducted a point in round nine for hitting Dirrell low. Bika continued to fight a very rough and dirty fight for the remainder of the evening. Dirrell was doing well in the 12th round of a clearly very close fight, and to the amazement of the announcers and fans raised his hands and ran for the last twenty seconds of a round that was still up for grabs. Dirrell was awarded a draw for his troubles and has nobody to blame but himself.
Erislandy Lara boxed circles around Austin Trout en route to a wide unanimous decision victory. Lara and Trout both looked very cautious and timid in the early rounds, feeling each other out for the majority of the rounds. Lara proved to be sharper though consistently landing the better punches. At the end of the 11th round as Trout was finally beginning to step on the gas he walked into a hard straight left hand from Lara and was dropped and badly hurt. Trout managed to beat the count and survive to the final bell. only to lose by a near shutout to the more skilled and precise Erislandy Lara. From here Lara should be in line for a big fight against the likes of Peter Quillin or Saul Alvarez, whether either man will be up for the challenge will remain to be seen.
In one of the biggest upsets of 2013, Shawn Porter absolutely manhandled Devon Alexander and took his IBF welterweight title. Porter came out sizzling from the opening bell and never allowed Alexander to establish any type of rhythm. Porter consistently hurt Alexander with hooks to the head and opened up a bad cut on Alexander’s right eye. Both men seemed to lose a lot of steam in the second half of the fight and Porter coasted to a very wide decision victory.
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