In case you missed it on the tube, Danny Garcia of Philadelphia retained his two junior welterweight titles with a unanimous decision over Zab Judah in the main event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Garcia scored a knockdown in the eighth round and won by scores of 116-111, 115-112 and 114-112. Judah distinguished himself well, however, scoring several times in the championship rounds.
Garcia, 25, is now 26-0. Judah, of Brooklyn, is 35. The left-hander is 42-8.
Zab Judah needed two attempts to make the 140-pound weight limit for Saturday’s challenge to junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (on Showtime). Judah weighed in just over the limit on his first attempt. He then stripped down all the way and made it.
Judah, of Brooklyn, is 42-7 with 29 knockouts.
Garcia, of Philadelphia, was booed when he stepped on the scale. He weighed 139.8 pounds. He is 25-0 with 16 knockouts.
This bout figures to be a good one as long as it lasts as bad blood exists between the respective camps. Not surprisingly, Angel Garcia, father and trainer of Danny, has been blamed by Judah as the instigator.
“Angel Garcia made himself a factor,” Judah said. “Danny is so quiet, such a church mouse, that they don’t know who he is.”
Normally, weigh-ins are very boring. Even when there are 6,500 Manny Pacquiao fans at one of his, a weigh-in is a weigh-in and not much happens. But we want to see Friday’s featuring junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia and challenger Zab Judah. The two camps have clashed twice this week at fight-promoted events, and there seems to be genuine bad blood between the sides.
The weigh-in will take place at 10 a.m. from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, site of Saturday’s fight (on Showtime). It can be viewed via satellite, YouTube, Ustream and online at sports.sho.com/live.
Danny Garcia’s stock has risen dramatically since he knocked out Amir Khan in the fifth round in July 2011 in a junior welterweight title unification fight. Prior to that, he was not well-known. Now, he’s a significant name in the sport.
It could be that’s why Garcia believes he will have more fan support than Zab Judah on Saturday when they square off in the main event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. That’s going to be a tough one to pull off because Garcia is from Philadelphia and Judah was born and raised in Brooklyn.
“I’m ready to take over Brooklyn,” Garcia said.”I guarantee I have more fans than Zab has coming to the fight.”
One thing Garcia has going in his favor is that he is of Puerto Rican descent and there is a large Puerto Rican population in New York City.
Garcia, 25, is 25-0 with 16 knockouts. Judah, 35, is 42-7 with 29 knockouts. The Golden Boy Promotions card will be televised by Showtime.
Reporters often give predictions for an upcoming fight. Fighters like to do that as well and it’s interesting to see what some of them think about the May 4 welterweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who this past Saturday unified the super welterweight division with a decision over Austin Trout, is leaning toward Guerrero.
“Robert Guerrero has a great opportunity to win,” Alvarez said. “He’s hungry for glory and will try everything to get the victory. I am picking Guerrero.”
Danny Garcia on Saturday will defend his two junior welterweight belts when he takes on Zab Judah at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. He was adamant in his forecast.
“Floyd Mayweather all the way,” Garcia said. “Robert Guerrero is a good fighter. He earned his shot, but Mayweather is the star.”
Abner Mares of Hawaiian Gardens is moving up in weight to challenge Daniel Ponce De Leon for his featherweight title on the undercard of Mayweather-Guerrero. He, too, is going with Mayweather.
“Floyd Mayweather is such a talented fighter, and he backs it up,” Mares said. “He talks a lot, but he backs it up. I know Robert Guerrero is hungry and determined, but wanting a win doesn’t get you a win. It’s about what you can do inside the ring, and that’s why Mayweather will win.”
It’s no secret that Angel Garcia talks a lot of trash as father and trainer of junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia, who Saturday will defend his two belts against former two-division champion Zab Judah at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (on Showtime).
Let’s just say that Angel Garcia rubs a lot of people the wrong way. The way Judah sees it, he can take care of both of them in a few days.
“It’s called killing two birds with one stone,” Judah said. “Angel Garcia’s a trainer. He’s a father. He’s the older man. I respect my elders.At the same time, I can’t get in the ring and fight Angel Garcia. What do I do? I fight. I knock people out. I can’t do that with Angel. I am going to knock Danny Garcia out and watch Angel come in there and pick him up.”
Judah, a 35-year-old southpaw, is from Brooklyn. The former junior welterweight and welterweight champion is 42-7 with 29 knockouts. Garcia, 25, of Philadelphia, is 25-0 with 16 knockouts.
This fight is being staged by Golden Boy Promotions.