Zab Judah-Victor Ortiz Possible if Kaizer Mabuza Bails

By Rick Reeno

An interesting situation is brewing with the vacant IBF junior welterweight title. Last Thursday, Main Events won a scheduled purse bid at the IBF's headquarters in New Jersey, for the right to stage a fight between Zab Judah and Kaizer Mabuza of South Africa. The two boxers will battle for the organization's vacant 140-pound title.

Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events and promoter of Judah, place in a winning bid of $50,000. Mabuza's promoter Branco Milenkovic, of South Africa, put in a bid but it was disqualified by the IBF. According to the IBF rules, all bids have to be delivered personally or by courier. Milenkovic's travel plans were cut short when a winter storm crippled the East Coast and most of the surrounding airports were shut down.

According to Branco, his bid was more than double of the $50,000 placed in by Main Events. He placed in his bid by email, which the IBF threw out in accordance to their rule book.

There are heavy rumors going around that Mabuza will not accept the fight because of his unhappiness with the way the purse bid played out. If Mabuza walks away, the IBF would likely order Judah to face Victor Ortiz, the next available contender. Mabuza has until January 14 to sign a contract.

Eric Gomez, head matchmaker at Golden Boy Promotions, has heard the rumors regarding Mabuza's possible withdrawal from the fight. In light of those rumors, Golden Boy is keeping Ortiz available until the Judah-Mabuza situation plays out.

"Mabuza has until January 14th to sign a contract. There is a possibility that Mabuza will not come over to fight Zab Judah for the vacant title. If for whatever reason Mabuza doesn't take the fight with Judah, then the next guy in line is Victor Ortiz. We're going to wait that out and see what happens there. We can do Victor and Zab Judah for the vacant title and that's something that we're interested in," Gomez told

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by KingOfBox on 01-06-2011

Zab has some bitter sweet luck with all these title shots.. He does put on a good show though... He offers a good level of danger with that lightning left uppercut and also makes himself available to get KTFO at…

Comment by tito_bandito on 01-06-2011

The question is, can ortiz still make 140? Judah came in at 142 in his lastfight rehydrating only 3 pounds from 139...Ortiz came in at 156 his last fight...will Ortiz be drained? Or will his size be too much for…

Comment by ManOfVictory on 01-06-2011

Victor Ortiz by KO or TKO! Zab is a nut case.....

Comment by TOBYLEE1 on 01-06-2011

I guess who doesn't choke in this fight wins. Judah doesn't offer enough pressure to get to Ortiz cause he fights in spurts and holds. Ortiz gets hit flush a few times and stops fighting now. The right hand still…

Comment by niallcollins on 01-06-2011

if victor won it i think he would get his confidence back after the maidana beat down

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