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LAS VEGAS – Zab Judah, 41-8, 28 KOs, will face Detroit’s Vernon Paris, 26-0, 15 KOs, in a 12-round IBF Junior Welterweight Title Elimination Bout at the Aviator Sports Complex, in Brooklyn, NY. The fight promoted by Main Events, is the featured bout of a big night of boxing to be nationally televised by the NBC Sports Network.The Fight Night broadcast begins at 10PM ET.
Zab took part in a Q&A with the media today about his March 24th fight
How does it feel to be fighting in your hometown, Brooklyn?
It’s great! This is the first time that I will be fighting in Brooklyn as a professional. It’s a great feeling; you know the last time I fought in Brooklyn I think was Golden Gloves.
Where do you feel you are at, at this point in your career?
I think that in this fight I will get back the respect that I think I deserve at this point. I understand that everybody was a little upset after the last performance, but something’s are out of your control. With this fight right here we will bring back the Zab Judah of old. I feel almost like Superman. You know how Superman always retreated to the booth, and when he came out of the booth he was Superman again? Well this is Zab Judah all over again. I am retreating back to my roots, Brooklyn, NY, and when I come out of the booth I’ll come out with flying colors.
Still comfortable at 140?
Yes, 140 is the weight class that I feel great at, that I make very easily. I’m still a fighter that can go out and eat a filet mignon burger and still make 140 pounds. This is my solid, natural weight and I don’t plan on leaving it no more.
Is this fight more important than the last fight?
First of all, I think people kind of forget that just last July I was the champion of the world. And now I am coming back to get what is rightfully mine. Every time you step in the ring it means the same thing to every fighter. Vernon Paris means the same as Amir Khan meant to me. Anybody that knows me knows that winning means more to me than anything. I could care less who it is, the opportunity at hand is just Zab Judah stepping in and being the best Zab Judah that he can be.
What does this fight remind you of?
This fight reminds me of the fight with Lucas Matthysse, when I was going against a fighter that was undefeated with all knockouts. You know what I’m saying? This kind of puts me back in that position again. There I went in and won that fight too. Then you had Kaiser Mabuza right after that for the title. I’m used to being in this position. In this position I shine best.
Is there anything about Vernon Paris that gives you concern?
Yeah, I hope that he shows up! (laughs) Vernon Paris is coming to New York City, Brooklyn, NY. My fans are my fans. You have to respect everywhere that you go. You can’t bad-mouth or disrespect anywhere that you go and expect to just walk out plain and calm. I love Detroit, I defended my world title in Detroit, I have a lot of friends in Detroit, and I have a lot of respect for Detroit. So I don’t want anyone thinking this is a Detroit vs. Brooklyn fight cause it’s not…All I’m asking of the young man is to come in here with respect of the place. Give respect and respect will be given back.
I’m excited again. I’m telling you, I feel like I’m 22 years old again. I promise you, I’m going to come back here and give you guys the excitement that I gave you guys when I was 22 years old.
I’m ready! The fire is lit! Brooklyn is ready! You know what? All I can say is this going to be great! This is gonna be great!
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Boxing News in Brief: Friday July 15th 2011, for: Canelo Alvarez vs Alfonso Gomez, Kaliesha West joins HG Boxing, Escobedo vs Hernandex – July 16, Zab Judah vs Amir Khan – July 23, Chisora vs Fury – July 23, Wach and Bride – July 29
- Canelo Alvarez vs Alfonso Gomez
According to Alfonso Gomez himself (via his Facebook page) and Boxrec.com, it will be the former “Contender” star who will be the next challenger for WBA 154-pound champ Saul Alvarez. The date being spoken of is September 17th; the venue The Staples Centre in L.A. September 17th is of course the night superstar Floyd Mayweather Junior will return to the ring, against reigning WBC welterweight ruler Victor Ortiz, and there has been talk of both cards being available to fans on a Pay-Per-View basis. With Erik Morales also fighting on the Mayweather-Ortiz “Star Power” card (against Britain’s Anthony Crolla), it will be some night if fans get to see all three big fights. (James Slater)
- Wach and Bride – July 29
During Thursday’s press conference in Boston’s “The GreatestBar,”, undefeated 6’8 heavyweight contender Mariusz Wach faced his biggest foe when he met 6’6 Kevin “The Clones Colossus” McBride for the first time. Both of them will meet again – for real this time – on July 29 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The 10-round heavyweight fight for the WBC International title will be the co-featured bout in “Heat Wave,” which is presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports and Global Boxing.
- Escobedo vs Hernandex – July 16
In an IBF featherweight elimination bout, Mexico City’s Eduardo “Canilla” Escobedo (31-3, 22KOs) will once again face Joksan “Torito” Hernandez (22-3, 14KOs) of Ensenada, Mex, on Saturday night from the Olympic Coliseum located at the University of Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mex. The twelve round main event headlines the “Puños de Hierro (Fists of Steel)” fight card presented by HG Boxing. The contest will mark the two Mexican warriors face each other. The first time back in January of 2010, Escobedo was awarded a unanimous decision over the always tough Hernandez with scores of 97-93, 97-92 and 96-93.
- Zab Judah vs Amir Khan – July 23
IBF light welterweight champion Zab Judah (41-6, 28 KO’s) expects his huge experience and skill advantage to be too much for WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (25-1, 17 KO’s) in their important unification clash on July 23. Judah acknowledges that the 24-year-old Khan is a very skilled fighter with fast hands. However, Judah sees himself as having superior skills and Khan to be to inexperienced to be able to handle in this fight.
- Chisora vs Fury – July 23
British and Commonwealth heavyweight Champion Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora (14-0, 9 KOs) puts his belts on the line Saturday night, July 23 against undefeated challenger Tyson Fury (14-0, 10 KOs) in the 12-round main event at Wembley Arena in London.
- Kaliesha West joins HG Boxing
WBO bantamweight champion Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West (13-1-3, 4 KOs) has signed with Hector Garcia of HG Boxing. She will make her debut with HG Boxing on August 20th in the semi-main event which is headlined by former WBA super featherweight champion Juan Carlos Salgado battling mandatory challenger Argenis Mendez for the vacant IBF super featherweight title.
The rumored bout between Amir Khan and Zab Judah has been agreed to for July 23. The two junior welterweight titlists will meet in Las Vegas, with Khan getting the bigger share of a 55-45 split.
It will be Khan’s 5th defense of his belt while Judah will be defending his newly minted IBF belt for the first time. It will be televised on HBO. Judah’s camp was trying vehemently for a Atlantic City venue, but gave in to Golden Boy’s Vegas demands.
Khan’s (25-1, 17 KO) last fight was on April 16, where he dominated Paul McCloskey to take a six-round technical decision in Manchester.
The 33-year-old Judah (41-6, 28 KO) last fought on March 5 in New Jersey, where he beat Kaizer Mabuza to take the vacant IBF belt.
The HBO co-feature will be Lamont Peterson vs Victor Cayo in an IBF eliminator.
Latest Boxing News – Monday 8th November for: Floyd Mayweather Sr, Joe Calzaghe, Antonio Margarito, Robert Guerrero, Lennox Lewis,Frank Warren, James de Gale, Zab Judah
- Floyd Mayweather Sr. hospitalized — 8countnews.com, Floyd Mayweather Sr. was hospitalized since Saturday. Mayweather Sr. says he experience pain in his lungs, that traveled down to the rib area. Floyd Mayweather has experience pain before due to a current lung problem he has had for the past couple of years. He says the doctors said it might have something to do with his heart.
- Unbeaten IBF/WBA/WBC/WBO super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe (46-0, 32 KO’s) has reiterated that he won’t be making a comeback. In an article at the Southwalesargus.co.uk, – Calzaghe says “I won’t fight again. Money was never my goal and I feel contended and blessed to come out of boxing without being all smashed up. I’m done. Being world champion for 10 or 11 years is a long time and I made a promise to my family….I lost the love for boxing before the Jones fight. I didn’t want to fight anymore. I fought that fight because it was the perfect way to end against a legend at Madison Square Gardens. To retire on your own terms is very rare. I I came back, I’d have money in the bank but I’d get beat.” – Calzaghe finished his career two years ago with a 12 round decision over Roy Jones Jr. in November 2008.
Zab Judah, Post Fight Press ConferenceVideo
Robert Guerrero at the Guerrero-Escobedo Post Fight Press Conference
- Antonio Margarito – Thousands of fans turn out to meet three-time world champion Antonio Margarito in Dallas, Texas on Sunday at the Tamale Festival. Margarito takes faces Manny Pacquiao on November 13, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington,Texas. Pacquiao vs Margarito is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions and Cowboys Stadium. The Pacquiao vs Margarito telecast will be available live on HBO Pay Per View.
- In an interview on BBC radio, all-time great Lennox Lewis Says Haye-Harrison Will Be A Very Close, Great Fight – “I think when it comes down to it, Audley realises it’s now or never,” Lewis said. “And he’s really giving some good talk about what he says he’s going to do in the ring. Now, what we really want to see from you [Harrison], is what you’ve spoken about; can he go in the ring and do all these things? I think it’s going to be a good fight myself”.
- (By Frank Warren) – JAMES DeGALE was this week goaded by Victoria Derbyshire into saying he would take a 50 per cent pay cut to have his fights on the BBC. — No one in boxing wants to see the sport on one channel only, but we must not forget what a brilliant supporter of boxing Sky has been.
Believe me, DeGale’s a lovely guy, but sometimes being ‘nice’ can get you compromised.- His comments on Five Live are a case in point. What really annoys me is Derbyshire’s line of questioning when BBC TV have long since abandoned boxing. Even if he took a pay cut would they be there? The answer is a big ‘No’! — I have held meeting after meeting with executives there in a bid to get fights back on to terrestrial TV. But they are simply not interested, despite the excellent viewing figures boxing delivers. — Their attitude to the sport – which smacks of patronising arrogance – was best summed up by their decision not to send a commentary team to New Delhi for the boxing at the recent Commonwealth Games. — Plenty of minority sports had a commentary team out in India – but boxing was done from a studio in the UK. — The BBC’s disgraceful decision was undermined by the medal count, with the Home Nations, as usual, doing exceptionally well. — If the BBC were banging down the doors of promoters, I could understand why Derbyshire would put the question to DeGale. — But as they are not, she should have kept her mischief making to herself or asked her bosses why they aren’t televising the sport!