Judah stops Paris in 9th!
By Allan Fox: Former two division world champion Zab Judah (42-7, 29 KO’s) made it look easy tonight humiliating a badly overmatched Vernon Paris (26-1, 15 KO’s) en route to stopping him in the 9th round in a one-sided fight from start to finish in the IBF light welterweight title eliminator bout at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York.
The referee halted the fight at 2:27 of the 9th, although Paris’ corner would have done him a huge favor had they stopped in in the 5th or 6th when it was painfully obvious that he didn’t have the hand speed or the talent to compete with Judah.
Early on it was apparent that Paris had bit off more than he could chew in the 1st round when Judah opened up with a flurry of shots in response to Paris’s early attack. Judah’s flurry left Paris cringing and trying to cover up as best as he could while Judah pelted him with shots. In that one flurry, you could see that Paris didn’t belong in the same ring with Judah, because he reacted badly to the attack.
Judah played it cool for much of the 2nd round until coming alive late in the round and bombarding Paris with shots. It was too easy for Judah.
The third round was all Judah as well, as Paris looked shell-shocked and wasn’t coming at Judah as much.
In the 4th, Paris changed his tactics by coming after Judah in the first half of the round to score some nice single shots to the head and body. However, Judah came alive in the 2nd part of the round, ripping into Paris with blazing fast combinations to the head and body.
Judah really massacred Paris in the 5th, hitting him at will and having fun doing it. Paris tried shaking his head after getting nailed with an uppercut, as if to say it wasn’t hurting but it clearly was.
The 7th round was a slow round, as Judah threw fewer punches and took things easy, allowing Paris to come forward to land his shots. Judah still came on big time in the last minute of the round, but he gave away most of the round.
Judah didn’t do a lot in the 8th round either, letting Paris land and calmly looking for opportunities to hit him cleanly rather than throwing a lot of shots. Near the end of the round, Judah landed a clubbing right hand while Paris was backed against the ropes.
In the 9th, Paris immediately backed away uncharacteristically as if something was wrong. He’d been coming forward all night long except in this round. Judah stalked Paris and hit him immediately with a big left hand that hurt Paris resulting in him backing all the way up to the ropes where he tried to cover up. Judah then unleashed a flurry of shots that ended with the referee stepping in to stop the fight with Paris still standing but hurt.
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