Boxing News: Judah Faces Rivera May 14
LAS VEGAS—Undisputed world welterweight champion Zab “Super” Judah will meet his IBF mandatory challenger Cosme Rivera in a world championship co-feature as part of the Felix “Tito” Trinidad vs. Winky Wright card set for May 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena live on HBO Pay-Per-View.
Judah made the most of his rematch with then-undisputed world welterweight champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks in St. Louis on Feb. 5 before 22,370 fans, scoring a ninth-round technical knockout that made him the undisputed 147-pound king.
Judah (33-2-1 NC 24 KOs), from Brooklyn, N.Y., has lightening-quick hands, power and a flashy style that has brought him to the forefront of the sport at age 27.
Rivera is the No. 1-ranked contender having won the position by knocking out Hercules Kyvelos in the fourth round of an IBF elimination bout in Las Vegas on Sept. 4, 2004.
Rivera (28-7-2 20 KOs), from Mexico now fighting out of Los Angeles, is a lanky, hard puncher. At age 28, Rivera has not lost a fight since 2001—his last four wins all came by knockout—and he now enters his first world title match.
The physically gifted Judah showed maturity when he admitted after he defeated Spinks that he had not always shown the type of dedication necessary to reach his full potential until now.
“I am grateful to be a world champion today and I can’t wait to fight Rivera on the Trinidad vs. Wright card in Las Vegas,” Judah said. “I believe this is my time, Judah time.”
Promoter Don King loves to stage big events, and he is delighted to add one of the biggest attractions in boxing to this card.
“I’m very excited to announce Zab Judah vs. Cosme Rivera will be part of the Trinidad vs. Wright event in Las Vegas on May 14,” King said. “I am very proud of Zab and I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet. I believe his finest hours in the ring are ahead of him.”
Judah vs. Rivera will be included as part of the HBO Pay-Per-View telecast according to HBO Senior Vice President of Sports Operations & Pay Per View Mark Taffet.
“Trinidad vs. Wright was already one of the biggest and most compelling events of the year,” Taffet said. “Now, with the addition of undisputed welterweight champ Zab Judah, pay-per-view boxing fans are in for a super night.”
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