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Zab Judah Rocked Bad, But Edges Matthysse To Win

By Mark Vester

At the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, Zab Judah (40-6-2, 27KOs) won a close twelve round split decision over previously undefeated Lucas Matthysse (27-1, 25KOs). The scores were 114-113 for Mattyhsse, 114-113 for Judah, and 114-113 for Judah. Judah will now fight Kaizer Mabuza for the vacant IBF 140-pound title.

The first two rounds had Judah working a jab and trying to land something upstairs. Matthysse was going to the body at times and blocking a lot of punches. The pace was slow. A clash of heads in the third opened up a cut outside of the left eye of Judah. Matthysse did the better work in the third, and in the fourth, as Judah was being too defensive. Judah picked up his pace, just a little, in rounds five and six. The seventh round once again slowed down, but Judah came out with some hard left hand counters in the eight.

Judah continued to box well in the ninth. All of a sudden, Matthysse's power showed up in the tenth round with a right hand on Judah's jaw to score a knockdown. Judah beat the count but he was hurt and did his best holding and defensive work to make it to the bell. At the start of the eleventh, Matthysse came out swinging hard with both hands. Judah was just holding on and trying to survive the storm. Matthysse invested with many bodyshots in the early going. They paid off in the late rounds. The twelfth and final round was a bit more even. Matthysse continued to come forward with combinations as Judah played the defensive role.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by B.U.R.N.E.R on 03-09-2013

Like I remembered NSB had this fight pretty close.

Comment by Evil Abed on 11-11-2010

Close fight. I had Matthysse up by two points. Not quite a robbery.

Comment by Lorily on 11-11-2010

[quote=LeadUppercut;9560064]Thanks Lorily, that adds some great context. And that's what I was hoping for. Nobody said it was going to be an easy fight.[/quote] Did you see the fight yet?

Comment by danny711 on 11-11-2010

I had Matthyeese winning by 1 point. I didn't feel that it was a decisive win for either fighter.

Comment by LeadUppercut on 11-11-2010

[QUOTE=Lorily;9534279]I was thinking the same things... First, Judah sounded different before this fight - more focused and matured, cut out the bull**** trash talk, cleaned up his speach, removed himself from his thug lifestyle, took off all the bling-bling and…

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