Malignaggi, Judah ready for 'turf war'

October, 5, 2013
10/05/13
12:47
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UPDATE: Showtime boxing boss Stephen Espinoza just informed me that the Alexander-Collazo bout is an inaccurate rumor and is "not being considered."

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Paul Malignaggi will meet Zab Judah in a battle for Brooklyn bragging rights, on Dec. 7 at Barclays Center. That date has been set in stone, but all the participants haven't been, as a proposed Devon Alexander-Amir Khan scrap was on, off, on and off again. As of today, Malignaggi will fight Judah in a welterweight scrap. "It's a go, I'm not sure if it's the main event or co-main, though," he said.

Malignaggi grew up in Bensonhurst and is living in Los Angeles now, though he's moving back to New York in the next couple months. Judah comes from the fertile fighting hood of Brownsville and currently makes his home in Las Vegas. "This is a battle of Brooklyn, it's a turf war," Malignaggi said.

The grapevine is saying that Alexander, the IBF welter champ, will defend against Queens' Luis Collazo, but that is news to Alexander trainer-manager Kevin Cunningham. "I don't know anything about a Collazo fight," he told me. "I woke up to all kinds of texts. I haven't heard anything. No one has come to me about that fight. We are training, but don't have an opponent," he said.

In fact, Cunningham isn't assuming Devon will fight Dec. 7, though he did leave the door wide open for an Alexander-Collazo tussle. "It's something I would definitely entertain, something like that, a former world champ," Cunningham said. "I thought he beat Ricky Hatton. I think it'd be good for Barclays."

He was conclusive in saying that an Alexander-Amir Khan bout is off the table for that date, however. "Khan is definitely out," he told me.

Stay tuned for more developments on this ever-shifting Golden Boy card.
Michael Woods, a member of the board of the Boxing Writers Association of America, has been covering boxing since 1991. He writes about boxing for ESPN The Magazine and is the news editor for TheSweetScience.com.

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