Judah vs. Garcia: Zab has to raise his game to a higher level to win

By Boxing News - 01/03/2013 - Comments

Angel Garcia argues with Zab Judah(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: #15 WBC Zab Judah (42-7, 29 KO’s) has been given a golden opportunity by Golden Boy Promotions to fight their champion WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (25-0, 16 KO’s) on February 9th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Judah hasn’t done much to deserve this tile shot and seems to have gotten the fight based on his resume of past fights from many yesterday’s ago. Judah is no longer fighting at the level that would warrant him getting a title shot and he’s pretty heading for a knockout loss in this fight unless he can take his game back to where he was 12 years ago when he was #2 light welterweight in boxing behind Kostya Tszyu.

Judah’s facing a guy with way too much power, youth and talent for him to win unless Judah can raise his game. Judah has looked awful for the past seven years, not like a champion level fighter, but more like a gate keeper. The last time that Judah looked really good was back in May 2005 when he destroyed Cosme Rivera by a 3rd round knockout.

Since that time, Judah has suffered losses to Carlos Baldomir, Miguel Cotto, Floyd Mayweather Jr. Joshua Clottey, and Amir Khan, while getting a gift decision in a fight that he arguably should have lost against Lucas Matthysse.

Okay, so Judah’s out of his league here against Garcia in this fight, so he’s going to have to come up with something that will make himself competition because he’s not going to be able to get the job done by using his old tactic of retreating to the ropes and looking to throw pot shot uppercuts. That’s not going to work in this fight.

Judah is going to have to come up with some movement to keep out of reach of Garcia because he’s not going to be able to go straight at this guy and expect to win. It’s going to take a hit and run style from Judah and even then it’s going to be really tough for him to beat Garcia.

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