Judah right on weight for Matthysse bout on November 6th
By Jim Dower: Former two division world champion Zab Judah (39-6, 27 KO’s) is right on weight for his light welterweight clash with undefeated Argentinian knockout artist Lucas Martin Matthysse (27-0, 25 KO’s) for November 6th at the Prudential Center, in Newark, New Jersey.
Dan Rafael is reporting that Judah, 32, is weighing 140.8, with three weeks to go before the Matthysse bout. The fight will be for the IBF 140 lb-eliminator for the #2-spot. Judah looked good in defeating Jose Armando Santa Cruz by a 3rd round stoppage in his last fight in July.
Judah had been struggling in the past few years fighting at welterweight, which he clearly too small to be fighting at. Although Judah had a brief period of success at welterweight after moving up from the light welterweight division in 2004, he’s had problems consistently since 2006 and during that time Judah has been beaten four times.
In moving back down to light welterweight, it’s hoped that Judah will have a better chance at competing against the smaller fighters and with any luck he could win a title or two as long as he moves quickly.
Judah will be turning 33 later on in this month and you got to figure that he may start showing signs of slowing down in the near future, if you don’t consider the four defeats at welterweight a possible sign that Judah has seen better days.
Matthysse could be a problem for Judah due to his power and heavy pressure style of fighting. Everything Matthysse has got knockout written all over it and he could give Judah a lot of problems if he’s able to stay in this fight and turn the fight into a war.
Matthysse has stopped most of his opposition early on. This could be bad for Matthysse if Judah is able to take him deep and make him work harder than he’s had to in the past during his six-year pro career.
Judah can punch just as hard but with better hand speed and better defense. Matthysse is going to be getting hit very hard in this fight and he better hope his chin can stand up to the shots that Judah is going to be landing.
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