Judah now realizes that he should have stayed at 140
By Jason Kim: IBF light welterweight champion Zab Judah now understands that he should have never left the light welterweight division after suffering a loss to Kostya Tszyu in 2001. At the time, Judah was the second best fighter in the division and he would have still been the number #2 guy even after the loss.
Instead, Judah moved up in weight to welterweight soon after the loss and only found brief success when he defeated Cory Spinks to capture the IBF/WBA/WBC welterweight titles. Things went down from there for Judah. He lost to Carlos Baldomir in his next fight and then Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miguel Cotto and finally Joshua Clottey. It wasn’t until 2010 that Judah finally moved back down to his old weight class of 140 and has found success ever since.
Judah had this to say at boxingtalk.com: “140 lbs is the weight that I should have stayed at, and campaigned at. I suffered one loss here [speaking about 140] just for the fact of being young….Welterweight was too big for me. Everything is coming full circle.”
Judah faces WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan on Saturday night. Khan is a lot like the way Judah used to be with his attitude. Khan thinks he can beat anyone in boxing and has yet to have that belief in himself stomped out of him. Judah is going to try and take some of Khan’s confidence away by trying to beat him and take away his title. The winner of this fight could land a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Judah has lost to Mayweather previously but that was at welterweight. Judah probably doesn’t what weight he fights Mayweather at because the money and the attention he would be receiving would be worth it.