Zab Judah back in action in April
By Allan Fox: Former two division world champion Zab Judah (42-9, 29 KO’s) will be back in the ring in late April, according to the Boxing Channel. Judah, 36, still doesn’t have an opponent yet for this date, but someone will be selected shortly. Judah is coming off of a disappointing 12 round decision loss to Paulie Malignaggi from last December in Brooklyn, New York.
Judah started out the fight well in dropping Malignaggi in the 2nd round. However, Judah stopped punching after the 3rd round and spent most of the fight doing nothing, and trying to get out of the way of Malignaggi’s shots. Late in the 12th round, Judah finally came alive when he went after Malignaggi in throwing a flurry of shots. However, the punches mostly missed, and Malignaggni openly taunted Judah for this late effort.
The defeat to Malignaggi was Judah’s third loss in his last four fights, and he’s at the point where he really needs a victory badly now if he still wants to remain relevant. Judah is more of a trial horse now than anything at 140. He got beat by WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia last year in April, and in 2011, Amir Khan defeated Judah by a 5th round knockout after hitting him with a body shot. Judah surprised Vernon Paris in stoping him in the 9th round in March of 2012.
The last real big win that Judah has on his resume was from 2010 when he beat Lucas Matthysse by a controversial 11 round decision. Few people agreed with that decision in that fight.
If Judah were to pick up 3-4 good wins over contenders then he could get another world title fight, but that’s not going to happen unless Judah gets in the ring against some decent contenders. He can’t afford to get beaten again. If he could beat the likes of Matthysse, Karim Mayweather and Hank Lundy, then he should get a title shot.