Garcia wins a thrilling UD over Judah, who rallied late on to
inspire calls for a rematch
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
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
The bad blood between Garcia and Judah will be settled in the
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.
Danny Garcia (L) with his father Angel (R) celebrate a July 2012
win over Amir Khan
Judah returns after year-long absence
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
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
Judah was left reeling
after his defeat against Amir Khan in 2011; his first in three