Ringside With Raymundo 11.04.10: Zab Not Super, But Still Good. Still Great? It’s Up to Him…
Posted by Raymundo Dioses on 11.04.2010
This week, Zab still trying to be Super and Through My Eyes!
All parties would agree that it has been a long time since Zab Judah was "Super".
The former undisputed welterweight champion has had a lengthily fourteen career, which has been beset with both success and failure in the ring.
The "Super" may have faded, yet Judah has re-invigorated his career by dropping back down to light welterweight, currently riding a three fight winning streak on the strength of a Knockout of the Year candidate on ESPN in July this year over Jose Armando Santa Cruz, and Judah and Co., Main Events, is looking to continue the momentum when "Super" faces Lucas Matthysse on HBO November 6.
Judah, (39-6, 27KO) has recently had a makeover, which is a reason that we should watch. The 33 year old as of this week is in supreme condition and has the right attitude and mind set that can lead him to the top once again.
Instead of a fading veteran who is making promises to give his division a complete whacking and become No. 1 again, Judah has applied humility to his return. Judah re-aligned himself with his former promotional company, Main Events, and since his drop to the 140 pound division, has not been calling for all heads.
Rather, Judah seems content to fight his way up in the white-hot division, which includes Timothy Bradley, Devon Alexander, Amir Khan and Victor Ortiz. "Super" has been taking care of business on his way back up, as he once fought on HBO pay-per-views, yet seemed more than content to be on ESPN's Friday Night Fights earlier this year, and scored a highlight one punch TKO over Santa Cruz, and can now take it even a step further with a win over the undefeated Matthysse.
Future Hall of Famer Mike Tyson, like Judah, is from nearby New York, and will be walking in with Judah during his pre-fight entrance. In addition to having "Iron" Mike, Judah has personally invited 200 members of the Armed Forces as his personal guests.
"In honor of all the heroes who get in the ring and put their lives on the line to defend our country every day, I invited the Armed Forces to join me on Nov. 6th when I take on Lucas Matthysse. He's from Argentina, you know, so I want as many of my homeboys in the service to be there as possible and give me their support!"
The fight, which will be a return of Judah to HBO, is an eliminator bout for the IBF's #2 light-welterweight position, with the winner granted a shot against title holder Kaizer Mabuza.
If Judah plays his cards right, 2011 could very well be a "Super" year.
Standing in front of him, Judah once again finds a talented Argentina native looking to stop Judah's momentum. Judah lost to Carlos Baldomir in an upset in 2006, and Baldomir himself sounds humble when speaking of Matthysse and the strengths that he has.
"Lucas is stronger than me and has the power to hurt Zab at any point during the fight," Baldomir said. "I think he will eventually knock him out if he takes control of fight from the first round. He has the power and heart to be victorious on Nov. 6."
Along with Baldomir's kind words, Matthysse has some confidence of his own.
"I'm coming to win," Matthysse said. "I'm very motivated for this fight and have worked extremely hard in camp. I want to bring the victory back to my country."
MAIN EVENTS BACK TO MAKING BOXING A MAIN EVENT
Main Events itself has undergone a recent makeover, is teaming up with Golden Boy Promotions for the HBO televised card, and is applying their full attention to the upcoming night of boxing in New Jersey, providing quality fights as well as fan participation in what will lead up to a positive night for the sport and its fans.
‘Brick City' has a big Polish population, and Poland's Mariusz Wach will be featured on the undercard that lists an incredible amount of ten fights, as well as Brookyln, New York's undefeated Olympian Sadam Ali, Adrien "The Problem" Broner, upstart Mike Perez and New Jersey fighters Angel Concepcion and Tyrone Luckey.
The fans will be excited to be able to utilize their cell phones to pick the winners of each fight by choosing the blue or red corner with a system called Pinger. By choosing the winners of the fights, fans are also automatically entered to win other prizes provided by Main Events.
"We worked with Pinger for the first time in August when Tomas Adamek fought Michael Grant at Prudential Center, promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events, said. "We are all about focusing on the fan's experience in the arena. Pinger is another way to engage fans in the action and the ones who tried it out in August had a positive experience. Besides, who doesn't like prizes?!"
The first 1,000 boxing fans in attendance will receive free specially donated Everlast keychain's.
Tickets priced at $53, $78, $103 and $253 (ringside) can be purchased at Prudential Center Box Office.
I'll say this much, I believe this edition of HBO's 24/7 series does the absolute best job of convincing you that the underdog has a legitimate chance of pulling off the upset against the more favored fighter.
With De La Hoya, you got the sense from his sparring and confidence that he would have a shot against Mayweather in the mega-super duper blunder, lackluster, yet highly lucrative fight against Mayweather.
With Ricky Hatton, you got the sense on two separate occasions that he had a punchers chance or even more against the number one and two fighters in the world in Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.
With Miguel Cotto, it seemed he would be the stiffest test yet for Manny Pacquiao, which, arguably he was, lasting the full 12 until being stopped. Joshua Clottey was made out to be a gigantic welterweight who fought less than gigantically in the ring in being routed over 12 rounds.
HBO has taken it even a level higher with Antonio Margarito, as they have A) successfully addressed the hand wrapping issues, and B) convinced the majority that Margarito has a shot against Pacquiao.
In my estimation, I do believe Margarito is legit, and will provide some quality rounds early on against Pacquiao. Many pundits have the same estimate, as well as fans and followers of the sport.
If you yourself hold the same sentiments that Margarito is a live dog come November 13, watching HBO's 24/7 only serves to enhance your thinking. They show a prime Margarito taking swipes from a wooden stick the midsection and pounding on wood with an ax Rocky style, and shows Pacquiao taking time off from training for extracirriculars and parading around on Harry Reid's campaign trail in businessman suits.
Whether or not Margarito will be routed, stopped, or victorious, HBO 24/7 has done its job in selling the fight and the premise that Margarito can be the victor in two weeks.
MORE ON 24/7 AND NIKE
Those Manny Pacquiao shirts are awesome! I think every fighter who has the ability to align with Nike should do so. Then again, not many fighters are named Manny Pacquiao. Seeing Pac Man in Nike commercials should make us boxing heads light up and get butterflies.
At least Pac Man has hit the mainstream.
ROACH ON HIS BELIEF PACQUIAO/MAYWEATHER WILL NEVER HAPPEN
Freddie Roach recently gave a candid interview available on Yahoo! Sports on which he gives his belief that the fight will never happen.
"It would have already happened. 40 million guaranteed between for both parties, plus pay per view? It would have already happened."
That's one of the many direct, straight to the point statements Roach gives, and also furthers his belief that it's Mayweather who doesn't want the fight, and his ducking his fighter, Pacquiao.
It's always refreshing to hear a straight up, forward, no nonsense talking fighter or trainer, and Roach is one of the most straight forward in the game right now.
At least we are hearing something from one end of the pool.
At the other end?
Well, they say negotiations never happened.
THROUGH MY EYES
I wrote it here myself last week, right? Kelly Pavlik is done. If his injury is a ploy to sit out and wait for the Williams/Martinez winner, it's going to backfire. Inactivity kills in the sport of Everlast's, and I think Pavlik has hit his peak as a fighter, and currently does not show the desire to want to be back at the top of his game… I'm going with Marquez for the upset special against Lopez this weekend… I'm also smelling an upset special with Green over Johnson, due to the way he looked against Cloud and also going down to middleweight…I was in Las Vegas this weekend, and the crazy amount of 7 to 1 or 8 to 1 odds for Margarito are incorrect. Us Californians only live three hours away, and in those three hours, the number gets magically bigger like the ‘telephone' game. On Saturday night, it was +585 for Margarito, and when I left on Sunday morning, it was +475. I think the bets for Margarito are shifting the odds in Sin City…