A Zab Judah

A Zab Judah

Zab Judah:


Zab Judah has been in the boxing ring for over two decades. His experience in the ring has only been duplicated at the top level of the game in a very specific way. Philly's native was named MVP of the ring in 2000, 2001, and 2006, and caused a buzz in the boxing community with his well-respected style.


He was born Zabdiel "Zab" Judah on October 27, 1977, in Brooklyn, New York. He started boxing at the age of 6. Judah set an amateur record of 110–5. He turned pro in 1996. Four years later, he won the IBF junior welterweight title in 2000, by knocking out Jan Piet Bergman in the fourth round. Zab Judah safeguarded his IBF title 5 times, before losing to Kostya Tszyu by second round TKO in 2001. The judge, who stopped the fight before the bell, was attacked by angered-by-the-stoppage Judah. This led to a six month suspension and a fine of $75,000. But with the 2003 win over DeMarcus Corley Judah clinched the WBO Junior Welterweight title, which he defended only once before moving up to Welterweight. It was in 2004, when he lost to Cory Spinks by Unanimous decision, a defeat that he would later avenge by defeating Cory Spinks by 9th round knockout ten months later. Another loss by unanimous decision would follow in 2006, when Judah would lose to Carlos Baldomir to anyone's surprise.

At an April 13 hearing, the Nevada State Athletic Commission fined Roger Mayweather $200,000 and revoked his boxing license for one year. At a hearing on May 8, the Commission disciplined the other offenders in the melee. It fined Yoel Judah $100,000 and revoked his license for one year, fined Mayweather cornerman Leonard Ellerbe $50,000 and suspended his license for four months, and fined Zab Judah $350,000 and revoked his license for one year. (Source: boxing.fandom.com)


With 10 seconds left to go in round two, Tszyu landed a right hand clean on Judah's chin and he backed away from Tszyu with his hands down. Tszyu went after Judah, throwing another right hand that landed on his chin and sent Judah crashing to the canvas. Judah jumped up instinctively and tried to signal that he was fine to referee Jay Nady, but was still dazed by the punch and fell down a second time. When Judah collapsed, Nady waved the fight over, resulting in a technical knockout victory for Tsyzu and Judah's first professional loss.

For the rest of 2004, Judah defeated Rafael Pineda by split decision and Wayne Martell by first round technical knockout. On February 5, 2005, Judah would get a rematch with Spinks at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, Missouri, Spinks' hometown. The fight was the first major bout in St. Louis in more than 40 years, and it was a sellout. Judah was the aggressor throughout the fight. He knocked Spinks down to his knees at the bell in the seventh round, but it was not ruled a knockdown. Spinks had a strong start to the ninth round and connected with a left hand, then followed with a right hand and a combination, but Judah scored a knockdown moments later. Judah pressed the attack after the first knockdown and avoided Spinks' desperate efforts to tie him up. After Spinks was knocked down for the second time, the referee stopped the fight, and Judah became the new Undisputed Welterweight Champion. (Source: boxing.fandom.com)


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