Brooklyn Brawler Zab Judah (34 -2, 25 KO’s) is the Welterweight Champion of the World and has a rep for being a fighter who doesn’t duck anyone. He is currently the unified welterweight champion and has his eyes on a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., Oscar De La Hoya or Shane Mosley. With his flashy ring entrances and lightning fast hands, he has become one of the most entertaining fighters in the sport of boxing.
Judah has been boxing since age 6 under the watchful eye of his father Yoel who was a kickboxing champion. He dominated the New York amateur circuit winning the state Gold Gloves championship 3 times and also wreaked havoc on the national stage by becoming a 2 time US National Champ and winning the 1996 PAL Nationals highlighting a 110 -5 amateur career.
He turned pro in 1996 and quickly shot through the ranks. In only his 17th professional fight he dominated Mickey Ward to win his first title (USBA Junior Welterweight). He beat opponents handily but never faced a fighter with true knockout power. The experts thought the only flaw in his game could possibly be his chin though his speed would never allow him to get caught.
Judah was on the fast track to stardom, gaining national recognition with his 28 -0 record. Then in November of ’01 he faced Kos Tszyu, who shattered his glass jaw in a 2nd round knockout, taking his junior welterweight title in the process.
This was a pivotal point in Zab’s career as many in the boxing world wondered how he would respond to such a one sided defeat. He bounced back to dominate Omar Weis and then beat DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley in a fight Judah claims he broke his hand in the 3rd round. These impressive victories earned him a shot at Cory Spinks to become the undisputed welterweight champion back. Both fighters battled until the end and Spinks won a unanimous decision. Judah’s camp cried foul and the fans cried for a rematch.
In 2005, Zab finally got his rematch and scored a 9th round TKO to become the undisputed welterweight champ, the title he still holds today.
So where does Judah go from here? Some major paydays await and I am sure he would love to avenge the loss to Tszyu. He is promoted by Don King, so either way you will be able to catch him on PPV against a big name opponent.
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