Judah-Garcia on February 9th at the Barclays Center

By Boxing News - 11/14/2012 - Comments

Image: Judah-Garcia on February 9th at the Barclays CenterBy Jason Kim: 35-year-old Zab Judah (42-7, 29 KO’s) is being given a title shot against WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (25-0, 16 KO’s) on February 9th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Judah is getting the fight with Garcia not because he’s been tearing up the 140 pound division, but rather Judah is the most recognizable name amount the list of contenders in the division.

He’s not even ranked in the top 15 by the World Boxing Council, although he is ranked #1 by IBF after having beaten fringe contender Vernon Paris by a 9th round TKO last March in an International Boxing Federation 140 lb title eliminator bout. However, Judah is being picked because he’s well known among boxing fans for his title as a welterweight and light welterweight champion. Judah has faced guys like Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miguel Cotto, Joshua Clottey, Amir Khan, Kaizer Mabuza, Carlos Baldomir, Lucas Matthysse and Cory Spinks.

Never mind the fact that Judah has lost to almost everyone of those fighters, he’s still faced them and been seen by a lot of boxing fans. Judah doesn’t really have that much left in his game. We saw how much left he had when facing Khan last year and easily getting beaten by a 5th round TKO.

Judah is good when facing guys that don’t hit that hard. He can out-box those guys of fighters and he’s got good power himself. However, if he’s put in with a guy with power and skills, Judah tends to fall apart and get stopped.

Garcia is fighting really well right now having beaten Erik Morales, Kendall Holt and Amir Khan. Garcia is hitting his prime and he’s going to be really tough for Judah to deal with because of his huge left hook likes to throw and the pressure he puts on his opponents. But if Judah can somehow handle Garcia’s left hook then he has a chance at beating him, because Garcia’s left hook is really his main weapon. His right hand isn’t a game changer int he same way that his left is.

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