Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Zab Super Judah: Back in Force
The only good thing that ever came of Zab Judah’s fall from boxing grace was that we got to watch him on ESPN2 for free. Zab’s appearance last Friday night was his third vindication since losing to Carlos Baldomir in January of 2006 and Floyd Mayweather (12 round decision) in April of 2006. His 12 round unanimous decision over Edwin Vazquez, in combination with his 11th round loss to Miguel Cotto, should put to rest all those critics who have said that Zab was six-round fighter. Though Judah went down in the 11th round, the Cotto fight was a lesson in boxing ferocity.
When you consider that the Mayweather fight was just four months after Baldomir, and that the Mayweather fight was followed by an arrangement to fight Miguel Cotto, even the dull-witted can figure out that former undisputed champion Zab Judah has ducked no one.
The names on his list of 35 professional fights read like a who’s who in boxing history. Don’t forget the win over then reigning champion Cory Spinks in 2005. DeMarcus Corley wasn’t exactly a cakewalk in 2003. Junior Witter isn’t exactly a household word in the U.S. but here’s a clue: Englishman Witter just knocked out Vivian Harris in 7 rounds last week, September 7 in Doncaster. On Zab’s record are bouts with Kostya Tzu (loss) and IrishMickey Ward (win).
Edwin Vazquez was no shrinking violet—he’s a fighter of great determination and technical skill. It would be kind of stupid for me to say that I’m glad Zab’s back. The truth is, he’s never left.