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Judah still has a lot to prove after beating Paris

Zab JudahBy Dan Ambrose: Beating inexperienced Vernon Paris is a good start for Zab Judah (42-7, 29 KO’s) to partially redeem himself for the Amir Khan loss, as well as his poor performance against Lucas Mattysse in November 2010. However, it’s going to take a lot more than beating a fighter who’s main claim to fame was he beat Tim Coleman on ESPN2.

Judah was always going to beat a fighter like Paris, because the guy is incredibly slow of hand and foot. You could see it just by looking at some of Paris’ fights. He just was too slow and lacked the basic fundamentals to beat a fighter of Judah’s class. This is why Paris should have worked his way up to taking on a fighter like Judah instead of jumping into the fight off of wins against Coleman and Ruben Galvan. Those aren’t the kinds of opponents that was going to get Paris ready for what he’d be facing against Judah last Saturday night. He needed a speedy fighter with talent but not too much talent that they would beat him.

Judah is going to get his chance to prove himself by taking on the winner of the May 19th fight between IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan. It’s pretty obvious that it’s going to be Peterson that Judah ends up facing next even if Khan beats Peterson. Khan dreams of facing Floyd Mayweather Jr. and those dreams are going to cause him to vacate the titles and move up in weight to try and make those dreams a reality. He may not like what he finds up there. With the IBF and WBA titles vacant, Judah will be able to fight Peterson and claim at least the IBF title. That’s a big ask, though, because Peterson is tough and has good hand speed. He won’t crumble like the inexperienced Paris did.

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