Judah vs. Garcia: Boxing fans are going to wonder why Golden Boy made this mismatch by the end of it

By Boxing News - 01/01/2013 - Comments

1214By Dan Ambrose: It’s interesting to see all the casual boxing fans chiming in on their thoughts about the February 9th fight between WBC/WBA light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (25-0, 16 KO’s) and 35-year-old former two division world champion Zab Judah (42-7, 29 KO’s) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The casual boxing fans are giving Judah a great chance of beating the 24-year-old Garcia.

They actually believe that Judah is going to school Garcia, and they’re reasoning for this is Judah’s controversial 12 round split decision win over Lucas Matthysse two years ago when Judah was fighting at home on the East coast. These fans don’t realize that Judah isn’t young anymore and he’s not even the same fighter that won a gift decision over Matthysse.

Judah has aged since that fight, as we saw in Judah getting stopped by Amir Khan last year in a 5th round knockout. Judah did win his last fight but an unproven Vernon Paris, who isn’t in the same league as Garcia.

There’s no question about it, Judah is going to get knocked out by Garcia on February 9th and I’d be surprised if Judah can make it to the 5th round because he’s going to take some titanic shots in the first rounds of the fight and I’ve never seen Judah take a big shot without his legs wobble. The thing is when Garcia hurts Judah, he’s not going to let him off the hook. He’s going to finish him quickly to make sure Judah doesn’t run around and get another controversial decision like the one he got against Matthysee.

This is another home fight for Judah, so you can expect the crowd to be heavily in his favor in this fight. That’s going to lead to Judah getting bold and trying to slug with Garcia. That’ll make Garcia’s job much easier by him being able to get to Judah’s fragile chin much quicker than he otherwise would. It’s going to be over quickly even if Judah runs, but it’s going to be much worse for him if he tries to slug because he’ll end up like Khan, hitting the deck from a hard left hand.

Garcia is improving with every fight and he looked great in destroying Erik Morales in the 4th round of their needless rematch last October.

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