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Judah vs Malignaggi preview: Zab and Paulie looking for Brooklyn bragging rights on Dec. 7

Zab Judah and Paulie Malignaggi aren't talking trash. Their December 7 fight is an all-Brooklyn affair between two of the borough's best.

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

Paulie Malignaggi

"I was 16 training in Brooklyn in Gleason's Gym. Man, I remember sparring Junior Jones, or guys on world championship level like that, and, yeah, I'd get my ass kicked! Pack my bag up in the gym, my sweaty clothes, go home with a headache, take the train home, and on the train I'd be thinking, like, man, is this for me? Can I really do this? I'm not sure. But, man, I'd sleep it off, the next morning I was ready to go to the gym again. So I was determined.

"Zab is a guy I admired especially when I was an amateur, when I was on the way up. This is a guy who motivated me just being from the region."

Zab Judah

"I had a jumpstart on the career first. I was champion of the world before he turned professional. 18 years that I've been a solid professional. I've had a great career. Five world titles, two different weight classes. Fought some of the biggest and the best guys in boxing today. Cotto fight. Floyd fight."

Paulie Malignaggi

"His fight with Danny Garcia, he dug deep and gave Danny a pretty good run for his money late in that fight."

Zab Judah

"Every time I wake up in the morning and I wash my face, I look at this cut on my eye and I say, 'Danny Garcia, rrr!' But I know the same thing when he wash his face he goes, 'Zab Judah, unngh!' It's war wounds."

Paulie Malignaggi

"What he showed me is he can be a live dog late in the fight. A live dog is always a dangerous dog in 12 rounds. Let's face it, we're both multiple division world champions and we've done it for a long time at a high level. I never lost to a guy who people say, who was that? At day's end, as great as they were, there were things I could've done differently."

Zab Judah

"Time and time again they say Paulie's got no power, but he goes in there and makes magic happen. That's why they call him 'The Magic Man.'"

Paulie Malignaggi

"A loss to Zab in this fight would be two in a row. It would put things into perspective and make me think about things for my future."

Zab Judah

"I'm still a force to be reckoned with and now I'm gonna go in here and just finish the chapter out beautifully. Beautiful end to the movie."

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