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Photo: Paulie Malignaggi visits Barclays Center for community youth

Ahead of his December 7 Showtime main event against fellow Brooklynite Zab Judah, Paulie Malignaggi visited with local youth at the Barclays Center for a Thanksgiving event on Thursday.

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

On Thursday night, Paulie Malignaggi made an appearance at a Thanksgiving event for local youth at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where he'll face Zab Judah on December 7 in a Showtime Championship Boxing main event between two hometown heroes.


From the press release:

On Thursday night, former Two-Time World Champion Paulie "The Magic Man" Malignaggi attended a special Thanksgiving celebration at Barclays Center for community youth. Malignaggi joined the Brooklynettes, BrooklyKnight and LIU Brooklyn mascot for a special Thanksgiving meal for students from Project Mentor Development Council and Put Down the Guns Foundation (P.S. 161 chapter). The former Two-Division World Champion signed autographs, took photos and spoke to the youth about the importance of believing in yourself and following your dreams.

Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KO) is coming off of a debated loss to Adrien Broner in June, and now faces Judah (42-8, 29 KO), who put up a good battle in a losing effort to Danny Garcia back in April. This is not a fight for titles or even rankings; it's about pride and hometown bragging rights. Oh, and money. Money, too. They want to make money because this is their job.

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