Zab ‘Super’ Judah’s chances of another title shot in his next are over after the five-time world champion set up a fight with Paulie Malignaggi in December on the back of a touted clash against IBF welterweight king Devon Alexander failing to materialize.
The two-weight world title holder was linked to stepping in against Alexander if ‘The Great’ failed to seal a bout with British star Amir Khan, although that won’t be case as Judah now faces recent WBA 147lb champion Malignaggi.
Malignaggi, 32, lost his belt via a decision defeat to Adrien Broner earlier this year and could conceivably be in with a chance of challenging Alexander if he can come through veteran Judah in an all New York battle.
Alexander’s opponent is still unknown at this point – with Khan still in the driving seat, according to Golden Boy, as the Bolton man is continually rumoured to be facing Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May of next year.
Luis Collazo has been mentioned as a possibility for Alexander, along with Mexican Humberto Soto and Shawn Porter, as the St Louis native sets a deadline of Monday for Khan to sign the contract on offer for the encounter.
Middleweight contender Daniel Jacobs will also make an appearance on the December 7 Barclays Center card as the talented fighter continues his comeback from a life-threatening illness.