MAYWEATHER vs JUDAH
Mayweather vs Judah
IBF Welterweight Championship
Saturday, April 8
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PROFILE AND BIO
Having been a boxer since age 6, boxing is the only job Zab Judah has ever known.
Judah turned pro at age 18 in September 1996 and scored a second-round TKO over Michael Johnson.
After capturing lopsided decisions over George Crain and Omar Vasquez in May and June of 1997, Judah closed the year with first-round knockouts over Cesar Castro, James Salava and Ricardo Vasquez.
Judah began 1998 in style by flattening Steve Valdez in the first round in January. Valdez who had never been stopped and had won seven out of eight starts, went down four times. Judah swarmed his opponent from the opening bell and battered with with blinding combinations.
In the following March, Judah and his opponent, Esteban Flores, accidentally clashed heads in the second round, causing a gash to open above Flores' eye and the bout was stopped in round three as Flores could not continue because of the widening gash. Since Flores was behind on the scorecards at the time of the stoppage, the bout went into the books as a technical draw. In May 1998, following a hearing, the result was changed to a no-contest.
In one of his finest performances to date, Judah battered two-time Dominican Republic champion, Angel Beltre in April 1998. Judah fired crippling body punches from the opening bell and landed a flurry of punches before the fight was stopped in the second round.
The victory earned Judah a bout against Micky Ward for the vacant United State Boxing Association junior welterweight crown in June 1998. After executing a brilliant 12-round boxing exhibition, the Judah was declared the USBA junior welterweight champion.
In July 1998, Judah registered a second-round TKO over Otilio Villarreal .
Judah retained his USBA title by stopping former USBA and North American Boxing Federation champion, Darryl Tyson in Octoer 1998 by decking his opponent three times before the bout was stopped.
Judah captured his first world title after just 22 professional fights when he secured the interim International Boxing Federation Junior welterweight title with a fourth-round KO over Wilfredo Negron in January 1999.
In April and July of 1999, Judah scored first-round knockouts over Juan Torres and David Sample.
Judah received his first shot at a world title when he fought Jan Bergman for the vacant IBF light welterweight title in February 2000. He came out throwing blistering shots and knocked Bergman down twice in the opening round. In the second round, Judah got careless on defense and Bergman sent him to the canvas for a flash knockdown on a left uppercut. Judah finished Bergman off in the fourth round with a flurry of punches that left Bergman sitting sprawled in the neutral corner.
Judah successfully defended his title for th first time with a unanimous 12-round decision over Junior Witter in June 2000.
Terron Millett floored Zab with a crushing left hook on the jaw in the first round in August 2000. Judah rallied to knock Millett down once in the second and twice in the fourth. Millett was unsteady when he got up from the last knockdown, causing the referee to stop the bout at 2:47 of the round.
Judah toyed with Hector Quiroz prior to stopping him with an eighth-round TKO in October 2000. He battered and bloodied Quiroz until the referee followed the advice of the ringside doctor and stopped the one-sided bout at 1:56 of round eight.
Judah opened 2001 by knocking out former North American Boxing Federation titleholder, Reggie Green in the 10th round in January. Judah appeared uninspired in the middle rounds; however, the IBF titleholder suddenly turned devastating when he numbed Green with a hard left to the jaw. Judah then rushed in with another left that dropped Green along the ropes. Green got up wobbly and blurry-eyed, but was allowed to continue until Judah connected with a right hook to the jaw for another knockdown. The referee stopped the bout without a count.
Judah successfully defended his title for a fifth time by knocking out Allan Vester in the third round in June 2001. Firing on all cylinders, the champion decked the previously unbeaten, top-ranked challenger twice in the second before a right hook knocked him down and out at 2:58 of the third.
The long awaited matchup between the quick-hitting, undefeated Judah and the reigning WBC and WBA 140-pound kingpin, Kostya Tszyu took place in November 2001. Judah clearly won the first round over Tszyu by utilizing his superior quickness and slinging Tszyu with two combinations.
Tszyu was controlling the second. With less than10 seconds left, Tszyu ripped Judah with a straight right that landed flush on the chin. Judah went down, but got up quickly. His eyes were crossed, his balance was poor, and he stumbled across the ring toward Tszyu's corner while attempting to regain his balance and fell down again, face first. The refereee ended the fight.
It didn't take long for Judah to serve notice that he was still a force to be reckoned with in the 140-pound division. He recorded a unanimous 10-round decision over Omar Weis in July 2002
In July 2003, he won the World Boxing Organization junior welterweight crown with a 12-round split decision over defending champion, DeMarcus Corley. Judah dropped Corley with a looping left near the end of the third en route to winning. Judah broke his left hand after the knockdown.
Before his next bout in December 2003, questions swirled around WBO junior welterweight champion Zab Judah: Is his left hand 100 percent? Will he take Jaime Rangel lightly? Judah answered with a punishing blow to Rangel's temple followed by a right hook, Judah won a dramatic knockout victory.
Judah moved up to welterweight to challenge undisputed champion, Cory Spinks in an important fight for both men in April 2004. Judah was stepping up in weight for the first time in his career, and Spinks was out to prove his victory over Ricardo Mayorga to unify the welterweight crown was no fluke. In the 12-round battle that ensued, momentum swung between the two combatants, with both fighters getting knocked down. Zab won the respect of the boxing world, but lost the decision to Spinks.
Judah rebounded again. In May 2004, Judah battled Rafael Pineda to win by split decision the vacant WBO intercontinental welterweight title..
Judah successfully defended his WBO intercontinental welterweight title with a first-round technical knockout of Wayne Martel in October 2004.
Cory Spinks agreed to a rematch with Judah in February 2005. While Spinks attempted to control Judah in the early rounds with his quick stick-and-move style that worked so well for him in their first fight, Judah stalked him relentlessy. Near the end of round seven, Judah rocked Spinks right at the bell, but the referee ruled it a push. Spinks reeled from Judah's attack in the eighth but held his ground. Spinks appeared to be fully recovered in the ninth round when Judah scored again with a long left cross that rattled Spinks before Judah immediately dropped a right hook that dropped the undisputed champion. On unsteady legs, Spinks marched on with Judah stalking his prey.
In an amazing act of sportsmanship reflecting the tremendous respect these two fighters had for each other, Judah dropped his hands to his waist, imploring referee Garcia to stop him from further injuring his friend and Garcia finally halted the beating in the ninth.
Judah then faced No. 1 IBF contender and mandatory challenger, Cosme Rivera in May 2005. Judah's superior speed and power were evident from the opening bell as he sent the challenger to the mat with a straight left in round one. Moments later, a right hook sent Rivera down again. Judah landed a similar right hook in the third round that sent Rivera to the floor and caused referee, Joe Cortez to waive off the action and declare Judah the winner by technical knockout.
In his last appearance, Judah faced his WBC mandatory challenger, Carlos Baldomir in January 2006. By the sixth round, Judah had built a comfortable scorecard lead but Baldomir was still standing and fighting. In a fight and history-changing seventh round, the game Baldomir staggered Judah early with a straight right hand. He hung on, weathered the storm and stayed on his feet, but all three judges gave Baldomir the advantage in this pivotal round. Judah seemed unable to regain his previous sharpness through the remaining rounds, many of which were won by Baldomir. It was Baldomir who scored the upset win.