Garcia vs. Judah on February 9th in Brooklyn, New York
By Dan Ambrose: The fight between WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (25-0, 16 KO’s) and 35-year-old Zab Judah (42-7, 29 KO’s) has been moved from January to February 9th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Other than that, nothing has changed in terms of the actual match-up.
It’s still a mismatch between a young star on the rise in 24-year-old Garcia, and a faded star in 35-year-old Judah, whose talent is on the decline. Judah was given up for dead by a lot of boxing fans after being destroyed by Amir Khan last year in July in a 5th round knockout loss, but Judah resurrected his career by beating unproven and untested fringe 23-year-old Vernon Paris last March.
Garcia is going to destroy Judah, and it’s too bad that Golden Boy Promotions has picked out another old fighter for Garcia to destroy. He just finished obliterating 36-year-old Erik Morales in a 4th round TKO mismatch last month, and now instead of mixing in a young fighter with ability who is still relevant, Golden Boy is looking to put Garcia in with another old one for Garcia to get another old scalp to add to his resume.
It’s pretty obvious why Golden Boy is making this fight. Judah is well known among casual boxing fans who don’t have clue one about how badly Judah’s skills have slipped in the past 10 years. Casual fans hear Judah’s name and figure, ‘Oh, I know this guy. He’s really good.’ He was a good fighter years ago, but Judah is now just one of the gate keeper type light welterweights in the division.
He’s good enough to beat guys like Paris, but not good enough to compete with Khan and definitely not good enough to live with Garcia. This is going to be a massacre on February 9th, and I just hope Golden Boy puts together a good undercard because they’re going to need it to make up for what boxing fans won’t be seeing in the main event in terms of a competitive fight.
WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin will be fighting on the undercard and the word is he’ll be fighting Jermain Taylor. That’s an even worse fight than the Judah-Garcia bout. I hope they have a good medical staff on hand for when Quillin knocks Taylor out cold because I don’t want to see Taylor get hurt and there not being a good team ready to respond quickly.
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