28 April 2013, 03:15:00
The Barclays Center crowd in Zab Judah's hometown of Brooklyn, New York, were treated to one of the liveliest grudge matches of the year as Danny Garcia retained his WBC and WBA Super World titles.
Nicknamed "Swift," Garcia enjoyed the better of the exchanges for the majority of the fight, settling into the contest first and really asking questions of the southpaw Judah in the middle rounds. Garcia really impressed as he forced the pace, leading to a good knockdown in the eighth round.
Though it felt that Garcia had done enough to coast the fight home. Judah, 35, shone in the championship rounds and tested Garcia's resolve with some power shots that would might have dropped fellow light-welterweight rivals.
It had been a tempestuous pre-fight week as bad blood grew between the two fighters, and Judah's late rally in the fight has paved the way for rematch calls. And while the grudge between the two packed the Barclays Center the first time around, the all-action display they put on would fill another arena for a second fight.
When asked in the post fight interview who he would face next, Garcia indicated he's in line for the winner of Lucas Matthysse v Lamont Peterson, stating his belief that Peterson would win the fight.
The current WBC World and WBA Super World Light-Welterweight champion Danny Garcia lines up a blockbuster defence of his belts against the four-time World champion Zab Judah. It's set to be a real grudge match after a stormy fight build-up between the two fighters and their camps.
All hell broke loose at the press conference announcing the fight as Danny Garcia's outspoken father and trainer Angel reminded the world about Judah's humiliating 2001 defeat to Kostya Tszyu. Garcia Senior and Judah ended up nose-to-nose trading insults, before the 35-year-old Judah's entourage pulled him away from the conflict.
And, in the week building up to the fight, Judah gatecrashed a Garcia media event and the authorities were so concerned about a genuine dust up that they forced the fighters to have separate pre-fight press conferences!
Make no bones about it, these two genuinely don't get on, and it'll be fascinating to see how that transfers to the Barclays Center ring on BoxNation.
While the 24-year-old Garcia enjoyed an active and highly successful 2012, Zab Judah's one and only fight was a low key win over Vernon Paris back in March.
And after a year out of the ring, a fight against Ring Magazine's number one ranked fighter is a very tough ask. Judah, who turns 36 in 2013, will know that this may be his last chance at winning a world title. Though the Brooklyn-born southpaw has a 42 - 7 record, he's never ducked an opponent, with his defeats coming against the likes of Mayweather Jr., Cotto and, more recently, Amir Khan.