The evergreen Zab Judah eyes a seventh and eighth world title belt on home soil in New York tonight as the two-weight ruler faces Philadelphian world champion Danny Garcia at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Deep into his 36th year, Judah has plenty of experience, although his showing against former Garcia foe Amir Khan is the worrying factor, and for that reason I can’t see past a victory for the WBC and IBF title holder.
Judah was comprehensively out-boxed by Khan over five rounds almost two years ago, and despite some claiming a low blow finished to the fight, the Briton was well on his way to victory without it.
Since then, ‘Super’ Judah has only dented the unbeaten record of an untested Vernon Paris and I fear could this be the final world title chance for the one-time 140lb king, which may well end in a landslide points loss or fourth career knockout late on.
Garcia is the younger, fresher and stronger fighter at 25 years of age, and as with his dominating win over Khan – can continue his reign as the best light-welterweight on the planet.
In chief support, we could see the fight of the night as WBO middleweight title holder Peter ‘Kid Chocolate’ Quillin battles Fernando Guerrero, with the fight not necessarily on course to go the full twelve rounds.
While it lasts, I can see the fight being an enthralling tear-up, with Quillin ultimately out-muscling Guerrero to keep a firm grip on his 160lb belt, before moving on to some bigger fights on the horizon for the likeable American.