Despite being knocked down in the second round, Malignaggi was able to regain his stride en route to a strong 116-111, 117-110, 117-110 victory which earned him Brooklyn bragging rights and a potentially bright future in the stacked welterweight division.
In addition, he was awarded a special Championship of Brooklyn belt designed by SARTONK.
“This is an emotional win for me,” said Malignaggi. “It definitely allows me to continue boxing. If I had lost, I don’t know that I would have wanted to continue. But this big win puts me in the right spot to fight in this division for lots of money...lots.
Judah said, “I came to fight and so did Paulie. It just wasn’t there,” said Judah. “This was a great opportunity and a great event. I wanted to be the King of Brooklyn. He wasn’t tougher than me. He stayed on the outside and didn’t engage.”
In the co-main event, Shawn “Showtime” Porter (23-0-1, 14 KO’s) was crowned the new IBF Welterweight World Champion after defeating Devon Alexander “The Great” (25-2, 14 KO’s) by unanimous decision 115-113, 116-112, 116-112.
Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) soundly defeated Austin Trout (26-2, 14 KO’s) by unanimous decision in a technical bout. Lara sent Trout down in the 11th round for only the second time in Trout’s career.
“I did what Canelo couldn’t do. I dominated Trout and I dropped him,” said Lara. “Now we have to make a fight that everyone wants to see, which is me against Canelo.”
The opening bout of the evening, a thrilling slugfest, had the excitable Barclays Center crowd on its feet at times. Sakio Bika (32-5-3, 21 KO’s) and Anthony Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KO’s) went toe-to-toe from the first bell and battled to a split draw. Dirrell floored Bika early in the fight, and Bika later lost a point for a low-blow.
After the scores were announced, Dirrell immediately left the ring without commenting on his performance. Ringside reporter Jim Gray was able to catch up with Dirrell in his locker room shortly after.
“I want to apologize to the fans for leaving the ring like that but I was just disappointed,” said a frustrated Dirrell. “He hit low and head butted. I definitely want a rematch.”
Bika felt differently. “I feel like I was fighting the referee as well,” he said. “The body shot was a legitimate body shot. I got him on the belt line, Dirrell just wanted to milk it.”