Judah To Fight Mbuza March 5 In NJ
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Totowa, NJ – Kathy Duva, Main Events CEO, announced their promotional firm won the purse bid held at IBF headquarters in East Orange, NJ, Thursday. The bid was for the right to hold the IBF's junior welterweight title fight between Zab Judah of Brooklyn, NY and Las Vegas, and South Africa's Kaizer Mabuza.

IBF Championships Chairman, Lindsay Tucker explained, “It is a 50-50 split of the earnings between the two fighters. Kaizer is ranked No. 1 by the IBF, and Judah is No. 2. Where the fight will be held is up to the winning bidder.”

Judah (39-6, 26 KOs) is promoted by Main Events and his own firm Super Judah Promotions, and Branco Milenkovic, of South Africa, promotes Mabuza (23-6-3, 14 KOs).

Kathy Duva confirmed the fight will take place at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, late February or early March this year as part of Main Events' Brick City Boxing Series.  (Saturday Update: the fight is March 5th, in NJ at the Pru Center. The bout will be part of a PPV card.)

“We are very happy that Zab has the opportunity to fight for the IBF Junior Welterweight title right here in New Jersey.  Winning this fight will put Zab right in the mix with the winner of Bradley-Alexander and Amir Khan.” Duva elaborated, ” Zab will work very hard to win this fight so that he will be one step closer to his ultimate goal of unifying all of the Junior Welterweight titles by the end of 2011!”

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brownsugar

I like the new Judah, dedicated, restrained, positive,..and sterling example of what the image of the mature fighter should be... He seems to be working harder than a former Concentration Camp Commander trying to get into Heaven as he labors to climb back into contention... But does he have enough left at the age of 36 to get where he needs to be??. Judging by his last fight it's an uphill battle. While I can fault no man for getting religion in the 11th hour,.. the challenges are far greater now than when he was in his 30 year old body... it's not impossible but it's not guaranteed either. Zab is coming up the rough side of the mountain and this fight will be every bit as difficult as his last one. If Judah can stay on track and truly get his groove back he'll be a dangerous foe for anybody.


Isaiah

Zab was supposed to have matured and rediscovered himself after every loss. After getting pancaked by Kotsya Tszyu, it was because Zab was young and inexeperienced. After giving the fight away to Carlos Baldomir, a man he should have beaten on ANY night, he was rewarded with a Floyd Mayweather fight. After actually holding his own against Mayweather and then some, "guess what?", he gives the fight away! After besting Miguel Cotto for a little while, he gets low blowed and then has nothing left. He also couldn't stand up to Joshua Clottey so I guess even if Zab has all the talent in the world, that still doesn't buy him heart. I'll wait and see because I do want him to succeed but he's dissapointed me to many times before. @brownsugar. Don't make Zab older then what he is. He needs all the youth he can get. LOL! I think he's only 33.


brownsugar

Your Right Isaiah my bad he is 33... (looked it up on the wiki),.. although he did look 36 in his last fight(I imagine the adjustment back to 140 might have had something to do with it), at the age of 33 however, his future gets a little brighter and thats a good thing.. Zab recently converted from Judaism to Christianity and his new outlook and dedication is tangible... doesn't mean that a fighter gets better just because he finds God.. but it usually adds a good 10% to their confidence level along with the benefit of a less stressful lifestyle. That being said... I'd love to see Zab shake up some of the young guns at 140. and hopefully we won't see him tossing stools across the ring and threatening the referree.


Editor Mike

I'm an agnostic and try to live in the "treat others as you want to be treated" mode. Pretty simple stuff. I don't maintain that this makes me "awesome" or "moral." Now, is Zab going to be able to handle Mbuza?


brownsugar

That's a good question EM, fans always like to back the underdog who says he's finally got it together. Has Finally found the straight and narrow and is giving it all he's got. I'm a fan of a good Rocky style reality story as anyone else so I'm hoping Zab can live up to his potential... But they say that everyone on Death Row is a born again Christian too, so who do you believe?? For me this is the fight that Zab has to win to turn me from an optimist into a believer.


Editor Mike

...I feel like Zab will always be Zab. He lacks a deepseated belief in himself. I think he fears real success, fears that he won't be able to live up to it. I know, dime store psychology..

That's a good question EM, fans always like to back the underdog who says he's finally got it together. Has Finally found the straight and narrow and is giving it all he's got. I'm a fan of a good Rocky style reality story as anyone else so I'm hoping Zab can live up to his potential... But they say that everyone on Death Row is a born again Christian too, so who do you believe?? For me this is the fight that Zab has to win to turn me from an optimist into a believer.


brownsugar

actually it's worth a quarter,...but like you say,.. for now Zab still has lots to prove.


Fe'Roz

You risk losing me when you allow religious diatribe to remain posted on your fine site. I am not only annoyed but offended. If I am interested in debating theology, I think you know their are many fine forums in which to do so. Nor am I interested in discussing church policy in the predominantly Lutheran Germany of the Third Reich. That would be an invitation for me to eviserate the posts to which I refer. TSS should remain about just that, the Sweet Science.


the Roast

Skim. Don't read. Roll eyes. Wink.


Editor Mike

Agreed...But Feroz is right. We don't want to be too rigid with our rules here. Sometimes we do discuss stuff other than boxing, because there is a world outside the fightgame. But we don't want to offend readers, and fellow TSS Universe Family, right? PEACE ALL