Garcia vs. Judah: Danny’s going to hurt Zab once he opens up, says Angel
By Allan Fox: This month former two division world champion Zab Judah (42-7, 29 KO’s) and WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (25-0, 16 KO’s) will be facing each other in a fight on Showtime at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
On paper, you’ve got to go with the bigger, stronger and younger Garcia because he’s in the prime of his career, whereas Judah is clearly been on the decline for many years now.
Garcia’s father Angel Garcia likes that Zab is confident for this fight because he’s hoping that he’ll come out looking to throw shots so that Danny will have an opportunity to hit him with one of his hard left hook counter shots like he did against Amir Khan last year.
Angel said to thaboxingvoice.com “Zab is a nobody; he had his day. This [Garcia] is a new era fighter. The truth hurts. He [Judah] says he doesn’t fear him. That’s good because he’s going to open up. As soon as he opens up, Danny’s going to clip him.”
It’s difficult to argue with Angel’s logic. Judah is going to have to be extra careful if he doesn’t want to get knocked down or knocked out in this fight like he was against Lucas Matthysse and Amir Khan.
To remain on his feet, Judah will have to be wary of Garcia’s left hand because that’s his main weapon that he does most of his damage with. Garcia likes to throw his left hook with mean intentions when his opponents get too close while trying to throw their own shots.
Garcia tends to rehydrate up in weight and he has a lot of size and strength going for him in his fights at 140. Zab is more of a true light welterweight and he doesn’t bulk up in the same way that Garcia does after making weight.
We could see Judah outweighed in this fight by at least 10 pounds, and while that may not mean anything if he can avoid getting hit by Garcia’s left hooks, it’s going to be awfully tough on Judah to try and deal with someone Garcia’s size and strength.
Judah’s going to have to be on the alert at all times when throwing his shots. It might be better off for Judah to go all out early in the fight with a flurry of fast punches rather than letting Garcia slowly wear him down to get an eventual knockout. At least if Judah opens up with all of his artillery, he could potentially score a knockout by hitting Garcia with a flurry of shots that he can’t see coming.