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Oscar De La Hoya: Zab Judah is Still in The Title Mix

By Keith Idec

Zab Judah wore dark sunglasses during a news conference early Sunday morning to cover evidence of an extremely brutal battle with Danny Garcia.

It was easy to see Saturday night, however, that even at 35, the strong southpaw from Brooklyn still can compete at the championship level. Judah withstood serious trouble in the fifth and sixth rounds, a knockdown in the eighth and a nasty gash beneath his left eye to give undefeated Danny Garcia everything the young champion could handle in their 12-round fight for Garcia's WBC 140-pound title at Barclays Center.

Judah (42-8, 29 KOs, two NC) lost on all three scorecards (115-112, 114-112, 116-111), but the talented former two-division champion overcame adversity and persevered much the way he did during an 11th-round technical knockout loss to then-unbeaten Miguel Cotto nearly six years ago at Madison Square Garden.

"Zab is in the mix," promoter Oscar De La Hoya said after the fight. "He's right there. He can face any other champion, any other fighter. He didn't lose anything. He actually gained because of the way he fought.

"OK, he didn't get the win, but he gained from a very impressive performance against a tough, tough, strong fighter, with a chin of granite. Zab hit him with some shots. Both fighters gave a great performance."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by dde91 on 04-29-2013

Man this is boxing. Judah didn't stink it up like mosley again'st pacquiao or look shot. He just was the lesser fighter but still came back in the cards. Yea he could have threw his left earlier in the fight…

Comment by Ringlife on 04-29-2013

Zab Impressed me the way he showed a lot of heart agains't Garcia. He was landing some nice right hooks and left crosses to win some of those championship rounds. I scored the fight 114 to113 for Garcia. What a…

Comment by jvsnypes on 04-29-2013

I don't think Zab is shot. He gave Danny his toughest fight to date. He just doesn't have the confidence in his chin. He knows if he opens up he is likely to get caught with a big shot. I…

Comment by Frank Ducketts on 04-29-2013

Judah is not shot yet. He's just a step behind these young guys, and he looks smaller than these guys. Khan, Garcia, Matthysse all look bigger than Zab. All 3 have made a bit of a name off of Zab.

Comment by Kagami Taiga on 04-29-2013

[QUOTE=junior gong;13305718]I wouldnt be sure about that, he looks pretty chubby and I dont think he has the discipline required to bounce up and down weight classes.[/QUOTE] Lol u think broner looks chubby? Barely has any fat on his body

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