Judah vs. Garcia: Zab will have to get Danny’s respect early or else

By Boxing News - 01/24/2013 - Comments

judah433By Allan Fox: 35-year-old Zab Judah is considered a big underdog in his fight next month against WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

It’s not that Judah has been getting beaten a lot lately that he’s an underdog in this fight, it’s the fact that he hasn’t beaten anyone good for ages and also how poor he looked in getting blasted out by Amir Khan last year in a 5th round knockout loss.

Judah is going to have to land something big early in the fight to keep Garcia from walking him down and bludgeoning him into submission with his left hooks. Garcia has a good left hook and he’ll be looking to use it a lot against Judah if he’s not met with any resistance early in the fight.

Judah will have to load up with some big uppercuts if he’s to have any chance of slowing Garcia down. Judah used to be a pretty decent puncher in his youth but he’s now he now only has an uppercut that he throws with any kind of power.

A lot of boxing fans think the only reason Judah got the Garcia fight was because Garcia’s promoters at Golden Boy Promotions were looking for a safe fight for him against a fighter with a recognizable name to fans. In that respect it’s kind of like the fight that Golden Boy was looking to make between a shot 41-year old Shane Mosley and the Golden Boy promoted WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi.

Mosley and Judah are kind of interchangeable cogs in this case. Judah will be in effect a sacrificial lamb for Garcia to slaughter to make him look better than he actually is, and also to make sure that Garcia keeps winning. Garcia should be facing Lucas Matthysse, the WBC interim 147 pound champion, but Golden Boy doesn’t look like they’re in any hurry to make that fight because there’s a chance that Garcia will lose that fight.

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