Zab Judah has been a professional fighter for 17 years and two months. And he’s still competitive against good fighters, a deserved feather in his cap.
Just this past April, Judah challenged Danny Garcia for his two junior welterweight belts. Judah lost a unanimous decision, but not before giving Garcia heck at times during their 12-round fight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Garcia, 11 years Judah’s junior, won by scores of 114-112, 115-112 and 116-111.
Judah, who has won world titles in the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions, takes on another former two-division champion – Paulie Malignaggi – on Dec. 7 at Barclays Center (on Showtime). Both fighters hail from Brooklyn.
Judah, speaking during a recent conference call, noted his longevity with pride.
“My motivation comes from the opportunity, the opportunity of still being here 18 years strong, to be competitive against young fighters like Paulie Malignaggi and Danny Garcia, and to still be competing at a high level of boxing,” Judah said.
Most of what Judah said was spot on, but Malignaggi doesn’t quite qualify as a young fighter any longer as he turned 33 this past Saturday.
Judah is 42-8 with 29 knockouts. Malignaggi is 32-5 with only seven knockouts.
Paulie Malignaggi and Zab Judah are both former world champions, so they have been to boxing’s promised land. There will be no title on the line when they take on each other Dec. 7 in the welterweight main event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (on Showtime), but neither seems to care because they will be fighting for bragging rights to Brooklyn.
Both fighters were born and raised in Brooklyn, and that’s not to be taken lightly.
“I have always admired Zab’s skills and his resume speaks for itself,” Malignaggi said. “But this is the ‘Battle of Brooklyn’ and winning this fight is worth more than any world title.”
Malignaggi, 32, is from the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn.
Judah, from the Brownsville section, echoed Malignaggi’s sentiment in his own way.
“I am happy to be back fighting in front of my hometown crowd,” said Judah, who these days lives in Las Vegas. “Paulie and I have known each other for a long time and we have a mutual respect for each other.
“But with this fight on Dec. 7, it is going to be like the Ancient Roman days – there has to be a leader and that position belongs to me.”
Malignaggi is 32-5 with only seven knockouts. Judah, 35, is 42-8 with 29 knockouts.
Golden Boy Promotions and Super Judah Promotions on Monday announced they will team up to promote the career of former junior welterweight and welterweight champion Zab Judah.
“Super Judah Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions working together is phenomenal,” Judah said in a statement. “I have been doing business with Golden Boy Promotions for a number of years, working both with them and against them and I know what it’s like to be on both sides. Through those times, I see that we are a perfect fit. This joint venture will give me the experience I need as a promoter and get me the big fights I want at this point of my career.”
Judah, 35, is from Las Vegas via Brooklyn. He is 42-8 with 29 knockouts. He has lost two of his past three bouts. The losses were via 5th-round KO to Amir Khan and via unanimous decision to Danny Garcia; Judah showed a lot of heart in the Garcia fight and lost by two, three and five points on the scorecards.