The contracts have been signed and filed with the IBF and tickets will go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, Feb 9th. Brooklyn will be the host site on Saturday, March 24th when Zab "Super" Judah fights in his native borough for the first time in his storied pro career vs. "The Iceman," Detroit's undefeated Vernon Paris. This is the mandated junior welterweight elimination bout for the right to become the number one contender in the IBF.
Tickets for the bout, which will take place at the Aviator Sports and Event Center, located at Floyd Bennett Field, are priced at $200, $100 and $75 and may be purchased by calling Peltz Boxing, (215) 765-0922, or online through www.peltzboxing.com .
The intimate Aviator has hosted several boxing events in the past, but this bout, to be televised as part of the new Fight Night Boxing Series on the NBC Sports Network, will be its biggest boxing event, by far. The non-televised undercard fights will begin at 7:30 p.m., the NBC Sports Network Fight Night broadcast will begin at 10 p.m. ET on Mar 24th.
Rated number four in the world by the IBF and a new face in the junior welterweight division, Paris has an unblemished record of 26-0, 15 KO's. He and Judah, (41-7, 28 KO's), the charismatic former five-time world champion in the junior welterweight and welterweight ranks, will face off in a classic crossroads fight. The winner will become the mandatory challenger for the IBF's newly-crowned Junior Welterweight king, Lamont Peterson of Washington, D.C.
Judah, who expressed his delight at the prospect of making his Brooklyn debut enthused, "All I want to say is, I love Brooklyn!!!"
Vernon Paris was not shy when he challenged Judah, " If you think Kostya Tszyu had him dancing in the ring wait 'til you see what I'm going to do Zab! He will be ready for 'Dancing with the Stars' or at least as a back up dancer in one of his friends videos."
"Since the inception of our talks about the NBC Sports Network Fight Night Boxing Series, fights like this one have been our focus," promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events, explained. "Interesting, competitive crossroads matches like Judah-Paris will be the backbone of this project. Since word of this match-up began to leak out leading up to last month's purse bid, reaction from fans has been extremely positive. Main Events is proud to be able to give Zab the opportunity to fight in Brooklyn for the first time. There is no doubt that this will be an exciting night for both the fans in the arena and those who will be watching on NBC Sports Network."
The Aviator Sports and Events Center offers free parking. You can also take public transportation via the Q35 MTA bus from the Flatbush Avenue/Brooklyn College subway station.
Promoted by Main Events in association with Super Judah Promotions and Peltz Boxing. Be sure to tune into NBCSN for all the action following the NCAA basketball tournament!
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