Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Zab Judah Remembers Being Like Paris in The Old Days

By Keith Idec

There was a time during his star-crossed career when Zab Judah was among boxing’s brashest trash-talkers.

These days, the 34-year-old former two-division champion is a lot less interested in trying to belittle his opponents prior to fights. When informed of some of the things Vernon Paris has said about him in recent weeks, some of which Judah deemed disrespectful, Judah just hasn’t been inclined to respond.

“I think it shows your character as a person, the things that come out of your mouth,” Judah said. “Evidently, that’s his character. It’s kind of funny because I remember being in that kind of position before, and I was what Paris is trying to be. I was that kid, a trash-talker and a loudmouth. You know what I’m saying? It don’t pay to the bills.”

Judah (41-7, 28 KOs, 2 NC), of Las Vegas, and the 24-year-old Paris (26-0, 15 KOs, 3 NC), of Detroit, will square off in a 12-round IBF elimination match March 24 in Judah’s native Brooklyn, N.Y. The winner of their NBC Sports Network main event two weeks from Saturday night will become the mandatory challenger for the winner of a May 19 rematch between IBF/WBA 140-pound champion Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs) and Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) in Las Vegas.

“It’s going to be a 12-round fight and I’m fighting a fighter that’s never been past eight rounds, ever in his career,” said Judah, who was stopped by Khan in the fifth round of his last fight, July 23 in Las Vegas. “I’ve been 12 rounds numerous times with some of the top fighters in the world today. So that’s it, you know what I’m saying? We’re a hundred percent ready for this situation and ready to go.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ringlife on 03-08-2012

Zab looked awful agains't Khan last time he fought. He's done as a fighter not even sweet pea can save his career.

Comment by larryxxx. on 03-08-2012

Judah has a house down the street from me here in memphis.goes to church down here as well.........................

Comment by 4Corners on 03-08-2012

[QUOTE=AzteK Warrior;11867697]I used to hate Zab back in the day. I celebrated the day Kostza Tzyu shut his mouth.. just like Roy Jone's mouth was sweetly shut by Tarver.. anyways.. after that fight with Tzyu, Zab was never the same..…

Comment by 4Corners on 03-08-2012

Zab was a good fighter, just couldn't beat the top guys in his era. Tszyu, Mayweather, Cotto, etc. He did win 6 titles in 2 weight classes, not a bad fighter. He was good back in his prime 2000-2006/2007. I…

Comment by AzteK Warrior on 03-08-2012

I used to hate Zab back in the day. I celebrated the day Kostza Tzyu shut his mouth.. just like Roy Jone's mouth was sweetly shut by Tarver.. anyways.. after that fight with Tzyu, Zab was never the same.. he…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (6)
Top Headlines Maliek, Mikhail and Michael Jr. Montgomery Get KO Wins Juho Haapoja Loses EU Title, Announces His Retirement Jezreel Corrales: I Was Winning on All 3 Cards, I Want a Rematch! Demetrius Andrade Vacates WBA Belt - Focused on Murata, GGG Ryota Murata: I'll Try My Best To Beat Gennady Golovkin! Photos: Alberto Machado Bombs Jezreel Corrales For WBA Title Dorticos: I Want To Destroy Gassiev, He Will Face a Real Man! Photos: Murat Gassiev, Yunier Dorticos - Go Face To Face! Schaefer: I Learned From The Mistakes of The Super Six Tourney Anthony Joshua: I Asked For Dillian Whyte After Pulev Withdrew Murata Dominant in Rematch, Makes N’Dam Quit After 7th Round Photos: Murat Gassiev Blasts Out Krzysztof Wlodarczyk in Three Photos: Ryan Burnett Beats Zhakiyanov To Unify WBA, IBF Belts Photos: Josh Warrington Takes Out Ceylan, Earns Lee Selby Shot Sakio Bika, Tim Tszyu Pick Up Solid Wins in Sydney Bouts Mock vs. Chudinov Deal in Place For November 25 Andrade: I Did Very Well in 160 Debut, I'll Fight Anybody! Karim Mayfield Decisons Miguel Dumas in San Francisco Gassiev Sees Joshua, Wilder in His Future: I'll Unify, Then Move Up! N'Dam vs. Murata - CompuBox Reflects on First Fight Stats Why Malignaggi Should Quiet Down. And Why He Won't. Machado: He Hurt Me a Few Times, But I Got The Punch I Needed Hassan N'Dam vs. Ryota Murata II: Pre-Fight Report Card Maciej Sulecki: I Want Jermell Charlo Next, I Want The Title Shot Alberto Machado Gets Off The Floor, Knocks Jezreel Corrales Out Jezreel Corrales-Alberto Machado - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Demetrius Andrade Makes 160 Debut, Dominates Alantez Fox Carlos Jimenez Knocks Out Pedro Campa in Shocker Sharif Bogere Decisions Rodriguez Over Ten Rounds in Las Vegas Gassiev Crushes Wlodarczyk in Three, Will Face Dorticos Next Gassiev vs. Wlodarczyk - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Culcay Hurts Resilient Sulecki, But Loses Unanimous Decision Hearn is Firm: I Want Wilder-Whyte Next, Never 50-50 For Joshua! Jason Moloney, Andrew Moloney Win Big in Melbourne Demetrius Andrade vs. Alantez Fox - CompuBox Historical Review Gassiev vs. Wlodarczyk - CompuBox Historical Review Josh Warrington Stops Dennis Ceylan in Ten To Earn Selby Shot Cecilia Braekhus Stops Mikaela Lauren in Six To Retain Ryan Burnett Defeats Zhanat Zhakiyanov - Unifies WBA, IBF Titles Azinga Fuzile Stuns Munyai, Simpiwe Vetyeka Suffers Upset Loss
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement