Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Zab Judah Talks Paris Win, Targets Amir Khan Rematch

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK — Vernon Paris promised he was ready to take a significant step up in class against former champion Zab Judah. He wasn’t. Judah, stopped the previously unbeaten Paris in the ninth round of a 12-round IBF junior welterweight elimination match Judah was winning easily on Saturday at Aviaton Sports & Events Center in Judah’s native Brooklyn. The convincing victory earned Judah, already a two-time IBF 140-pound champion, another shot at that title by moving him into the No. 1 spot in the East Orange sanctioning organization’s rankings.

“Like I said going into this fight, I knew my experience would take over,” Judah said. “He fought 23 of his [29] fights in his hometown, his backyard. His biggest fight [before] today was Tim Coleman, who was just stopped in two rounds last week by Kendall Holt.”

The 34-year-old Judah (42-7, 29 KOs, 2 NC) was way ahead on the scorecards when referee Steve Willis stepped in to stop the fight, which was televised as the main event of an NBC Sports Network tripleheader. Two judges scored Judah the winner of each of the eight completed rounds (80-72, 80-72) and a third judge credited Judah with winning seven of the first eight rounds (79-73).

Judah hurt Detroit’s Paris (26-1, 15 KOs, 3 NC) with a straight left hand in the first round, but couldn’t put Paris away in that round. Paris didn’t appear truly hurt again until Judah drilled him with another straight left early in the ninth round. This time, Judah unloaded a barrage of power punches on a defenseless Paris, which prompted Willis to halt the action at the 27-second mark of the ninth round.

“I never really got off a good one [on him], because he was kind of getting out of the way,” Judah said. “He was in survival mode. In the first or second round, I cracked him with a good, hard shot. And from there, he just stayed away. He was ducking and he was turning in a weird way, so I couldn’t really nail him good.”

Nevertheless, the win was rewarding for Judah, who didn’t appreciate Paris’ disrespectful approach to promoting their fight. Paris, 24, called Judah “washed up” and “a coward,” and said Judah should’ve retired after his poor performance in his previous fight, a fifth-round knockout loss to England’s Amir Khan (25-2, 20 KOs) on July 23 in Las Vegas.

Paris continued talking trash during their bout, but Judah didn’t let it affect him.

“He was using a lot of filthy words, saying a lot of foul-mouthed things, trying to talk me out of my game,” Judah said. “Once he saw I wasn’t going to stop coming at him, he tried to talk me out of my game. That didn’t work. Yeah, he’s from Detroit, a tough city. I’m also from Brooklyn, which is very, very, very, very tough. Anything he could try to do to me, the tricks, I’ve seen it all. I didn’t let none of that bother me and I just took it to him, round after round.”

Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs) owns the IBF junior welterweight title, but he has a rematch scheduled against Khan on May 19 in Las Vegas. If Khan wins, it is unlikely he’ll fight Judah again because he dominated Judah during their unification fight by fifth-round knockout July 23 in Las Vegas.

“If [Peterson] should beat Amir Khan, Lamont is a great friend of mine,” Judah said, but added, “if that should be the case, we’ll go in there and do what we’ve got to do. … If Khan beats Peterson again, I would hope I get my just due respect. That rematch, if it should present itself, this time the real Zab Judah will show up. I’ll be looking to get in there and be very dominant.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by zab191 on 03-26-2012

[QUOTE=RichCCFC;11930366]lol [B]I remember people crowning Paris as the next big thing on here[/B] :rofl: Americans[/QUOTE] :haha::haha:

Comment by bojangles1987 on 03-26-2012

[QUOTE=NearHypnos;11933681]No one is saying (except that one guy...) that Zab will beat Kahn. Nothing he did in his fight with Kahn leads us to believe he beats Kahn. It's not out of the realm of possibility though. Hell, if you…

Comment by NearHypnos on 03-26-2012

[QUOTE=bojangles1987;11933330]What? I mean, WHAT? He fought Khan like 8 months ago, was not competitive at any point, and got knocked out. He's also old, and way past the "realizing his potential" part of his career. If anyone really thinks Judah…

Comment by bojangles1987 on 03-25-2012

[QUOTE=NearHypnos;11933296]I wouldn't call it an upset if Zab were to beat Kahn. Zab is so weird that even if he beat Pac it would just be an "I told you so" or "I knew he could realize his potential" type…

Comment by NearHypnos on 03-25-2012

I wouldn't call it an upset if Zab were to beat Kahn. Zab is so weird that even if he beat Pac it would just be an "I told you so" or "I knew he could realize his potential" type…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (34)
Top Headlines Mayweather: If McGregor Stole My Blueprint, It's a Good Thing! Lomachenko vs. Walters Made Official For November 26, HBO Ganigan Lopez Injured: Pedro Guevara Will Now Face Tomogdan Robert Helenius To Return on December Date in Helsinki Randy Petalcorin Domintes Donnie Mabao Over Ten Rounds Joseph Parker vs. Andy Ruiz For Vacant WBO Title? Tyson Fury Will NOT Return in 2016, Says Peter Fury Sosa-Smith Winner is Contractually Bound To Face Fortuna Next Photos: Braehmer, Cleverly - Face To Face at Final Presser David Price Wants Parker or Top Name on Nov. 26, Not Allen Kell Brook Has Surgery - Wants Canelo, Cotto, Khan in 2017 Dennis Ceylan in Toughest Camp Ever For Ryan Walsh Clash Michael Conlan, Donnelly Named in Olympic Betting Judgement Diego Magdaleno vs. Art Hovhannisyan Set For October 7 Parker's Trainer: Dimitrenko is Bigger Challenge Than Haumono Tommy Langford-Sam Sheedy For Vacant British Belt, Oct. 22 Lou DiBella, Gary Shaw Fire Back at Jose Pedraza's Manager Duva: 'Modest Aspirations' For Kovalev-Ward PPV Performance Mayweather Sr: If Pacquiao Lost To Floyd Again, He'd Claim Injury Roach Will Have Pacquiao, Zou Shiming Spar as Bouts Near Parker's Title Prospects Increase as WBO Pressures Tyson Fury David Price vs. David Allen Clash in Play For October 15 Photos: Joseph Parker, Alexander Dimitrenko - Go Face To Face Miguel Cotto Return Targeted For February at Barclays Center Jose Ramirez: Pacquiao is Very Strong, Very Fast in Sparring Cecilia Braekhus Achieves Dream of Headlining on Home Soil Arum Rips: Golden Boy's Flat Fee Offer To Golovkin is Bullsh*t! Video: Bob Arum on Pacquiao Card, Future of PPV, More Estrada's Promoter Expects Chocolatito To Get KO'd in Rematch Photos: Mike Lee, Chris Traietti - Go Face To Face in Chicago Yordenis Ugas Demolishes Bryant Perrella in Four Rounds Magdaleno Confident of Making 122, Feels Donaire Has Aged Video: Pacquiao vs. Vargas Undercard Press Conference Jacobs' Trainer: Danny Not Afraid, He Will Curdle Golovkin's Milk! Donnie Nietes Feels Good at 112, Eyes WBO World Title Shot Ashley Theophane Tops Mayweather Promotions Card on Oct. 8 Photos: Nonito Doniare, Jessie Magdaleno - Go Face To Face Tyson Fury Will Be Back, Getting Help - Says Trainer Peter Fury Braehmer Will Have His Eye on Kovalev vs. Ward Winner Oscar Valdez Vows To Put on a Show on Pacquiao vs. Vargas
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement