Full Battle of Brooklyn Results on Showtime:
A quadruple-header of big fight action came our way tonight from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, televised on Showtime.
Headlined by Zab Judah vs. Paulie Malignaggi, there were three title fights in support — Devon Alexander vs. Shawn Porter, Erislandy Lara vs. Austin Trout and Sakio Bika vs. Anthony Dirrell. Check out all of the results right here.
Judah vs. Malignaggi Results
Paulie Malignaggi put on a master-class showing against Zab Judah in the Battle of Brooklyn, out-boxing, out-foxing and even out-speeding his crosstown rival. Malignaggi had the faster hands, he was the busier and the more accurate fighter, and he dominated much of the action throughout the evening.
Judah was credited with a knockdown in Round 2 though, as Malignaggi’s glove touched the canvas after a shot landed. Their legs were tangled up, so it was a bit of a tough call, but either way, the knockdown stood.
In Round 3, the fighters clashed heads, and while Judah appeared to be in more physical duress, it was Malignaggi who came away worse for the wear, bleeding from a gash over his left eye.
From there, Malignaggi resumed control of the fight, and was able to keep Judah largely at bay. Judah was clearly off his game and not at his best, and was bothered by Malignaggi’s speed and boxing.
Malignaggi landed approximately 100 more punches in the fight. Now, he’s in line to potentially face the winner of next week’s Adrien Broner vs. Marcos Maidana clash.
Official scorecards: 116-111, 117-110 and 117-110 for Malignaggi. Malignaggi improves to 33-5, 7 KOs, and Judah falls to 42-9, 29 KOs.
Alexander vs. Porter Results
Shawn Porter picked up his first world title and put on a huge breakout performance against Devon Alexander, winning a Unanimous Decision by controlling the action of the fight for much of its duration.
Porter used his blazing speed but also his aggressiveness and work rate to fight the fight on his terms, make it ugly when he needed to, but ultimately, get off first and keep Alexander reacting.
After once being one of the top prospects in the sport, Porter had trailed off with some lackluster performances as of late. This fight was seen as a too-big step up in class, and a chance for Alexander to continue building his position to finally land a big fight.
Except, that’s not how Showtime Shawn Porter and his team approached the night, and that’s not how it played out. Porter is now a major player in the crowded 147 lbs scene.
Official scorecards read: 115-113, 116-112 and 116-112 for Shawn Porter. Alexander falls to 25-2, 14 KOs, Porter improves to 23-0-1, 14 KOs.
Lara vs. Trout Results
Erislandy Lara entirely dominated Austin Trout in their junior middleweight showdown. Unfortunately for fight fans, the bout lived up to everyone’s worst expectations, turning into a dull, super-tactical affair, as Lara carefully picked his shots and moved out of harm’s way, and in turn, Trout was left dazed and confused, unable to get anything done or find any answers.
The action essentially remained the same from the beginning of the bout all the way through its completion. However, Lara was able to score a big knockdown in Round 11, which enlivened himself and the crowd, and left Trout both hurt and frustrated.
The knockdown at least offered a highlight from the evening’s action, which was otherwise pretty nondescript.
Official scorecards read: 118-109, 117-110 and 117-110. Lara improves to 19-1-2, 12 KOs, and Trout falls to 26-2, 14 KOs.
The question remains for Lara, who’s going to fight him? He can make anybody look awful, and while he has been in entertaining scraps, he’s also a risk for a major snoozer as well.
A rematch against Carlos Molina may make the most sense for each man, and this time there will be some hardware on the line.
Bika vs. Dirrell Results
Sakio Bika retained his super middleweight title via Split Draw against Anthony Dirrell in the opening bout of the evening. Bika had tasted the canvas and was also deducted a point for a low blow, but had come on in the second half of the fight and was landing big shots, and being the active, aggressive fighter.
Neither man was pleased with the verdict, of course, and Dirrell left the ring in distaste immediately after the scorecards were read.
Official scorecards were: 114-112 Bika, 116-110 Dirrell, 113-113. Bika now stands at 32-5-3, 21 KOs, Dirrell at 26-0-1, 22 KOs.
Dirrell started out quickly, using his superior hand speed and length to dictate the action. He hurt Bika with big right hands in the early going as well, particularly in Round 2.
Bika slowly began to warm up, but just as it seemed he was taking control of the fight, Dirrell hurt him and scored a knockdown in Round 5. In the next stanza, Round 6, fight fans were treated to a late candidate for Round of the Year. This three-minute session featured nonstop, back and forth action, which each man staggered on multiple occasions.
Afterwards, it was Bika who was coming on. The more experienced fighter had invested to the body, and knew he was in there against a guy who had never been past 8 rounds before.
But, things would get ugly before the fight ended, as they tend to do in Sakio Bika fights. Bika was penalized for a low blow in Round 11, and was also nearly DQ’d for hitting Dirrell while he was down on the canvas, in a scene which was eerily reminiscent of Andre Dirrell’s fight against Arthur Abraham several years ago.
Thanks for checking out all of our coverage of the Battle of Brooklyn, and the Bika vs. Dirrell, Alexander vs. Porter, Lara vs. Trout and Judah vs. Malignaggi results.