Zab “Super” Judah (39-6-2, 27 KOs) will enter the ring as a Jr. welterweight Nov. 6 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey as he takes on unbeaten KO artist Lucas Martin Matthysse (27-0, 25 KOs) of Argentina.
It’s scheduled as a WBO and IBF Jr. welterweight elimination bout for the number two ranking, and the winner is then supposed to face top-ranked Kaizer Mabuza for the belts.
Judah would prefer to fight for a title now against WBA champ Amir Khan or against Devon Alexander, but he hasn’t really earned a title shot. He’ll be going into the fight with Matthysse with some confidence and a lot of experience and he might end up needing it as the Argentinean has quite a bit of power in his fists.
The 33-year-old Judah has fought some of the best in the business, such as Kostya Tszu, Joshua Clottey, Cory Spinks, Carlos Baldomir, Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto, and is a former undisputed welterweight and WBO and IBF Jr. Welterweight champion. The southpaw from Brooklyn, New York has decided Jr. welterweight is where he’s most comfortable and beat Jose Cruz by a third-round TKO in July.
Judah is in good shape for the fight and has always been a smart boxer. His chin is somewhat susceptible, though, and some people have questioned his decision to fight such a powerful opponent like Matthysse. But Judah realizes if he’s ever going to be a world-class fighter again and a champion, he’s going to have to beat the likes of him.
Judah will have to use his speed and box against Matthysse to bank some rounds, considering it’s unlikely he’ll want to engage in any toe-to-toe exchanges. The 28-year-old Argentinean hasn’t faced the same level of opposition as Judah, but he’s been knocking them all out anyway. To be fair, he does own a fourth-round TKO over former WBA Jr. welterweight champ Vivian Harris.
Matthysse will likely come straight forward against Judah and, if he does, it could be his downfall. Judah will counter and use his effective defense while angling his body away from his opponent’s power. Of course, if he does get clocked on the chin, it could be the end of Judah’s illustrious career. But I’ve always been impressed with him when he’s focused and if he’s serious about getting back into the upper echelon of boxing, he will win this fight by decision or late stoppage.
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