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By Wellington Amadulu September 25th, 2011 All Boxing Results
In a battle between two of South Africa's top fighters, Chris Van Heerden emerged with the IBO welterweight crown after 12 rounds of thrilling combat with Kaizer Mabuza last night at Emperor's Palace in Kempton Park.
Former domestic light welter champ Mabuza was coming off a failed bid to win the vacant IBF 140 lb bauble against Zab Judah in March and was making his debut appearance in the welterweight class.
Southpaw Van Heerden, South African welter titlist, came into the bout having won a tough IBO eliminator in June against Bongani Mwelase but was up against his most experienced foe to date.
Mabuza wasted no time once the bell rang, doing what he does best, coming forward and applying relentless pressure against Van Heerden, who lost the early rounds as he struggled to cope with his strong-willed opponent.
Once Van Heerden got Mabuza's rhythm down however, the lefty started to outbox the oppressive veteran, working well behind a strafing jab and high activity. More...
By Boxing Press August 20th, 2011 All Press Releases
Good afternoon to everyone. How is everybody? I'm very happy and very excited to be fighting September 17 for the WBC Super Lightweight title. And I'm very excited to be doing it against a very good, very dangerous, very strong fighter like Lucas Matthysse, and one thing's for sure that together, we will provide fireworks. We will give you a very good fight.
Good afternoon to everybody. Hello. Hope all is well. I'm very happy. We're very happy here in Argentina that I'll be fighting on September 17 against a better opponent, which is Erik Morales, such a big name, and I'm very excited. More...
By Richard Eberline July 24th, 2011 All Boxing Results
British light welterweight Amir Khan added the IBF title to his growing trophy cabinet by stopping veteran Zab Judah last night at Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
From the start, Khan showed no respect for former unified welterweight champion Judah of Brooklyn, wasting very little time before launching right hand bombs at his shorter rival.
Judah threw very little during the first two rounds as Khan kept the southpaw on the defensive with long jabs and lunging right hands.
"Super Judah" did manage a few sharp counters that caused the sometimes wild Khan to become more careful but the 25 year old from Bolton, England put forth a much higher work rate.
No longer possessing the reflexes of his younger days, 33 year old Judah was getting caught flatfooted by Khan's jabs and at times by the right hands, and could not keep up with the pace of his antagonist. More...
By Nick Chamberlain July 23rd, 2011 All Boxing Previews
Tonight at Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas, NV, WBA Super champion Amir Khan and IBF champion Zab Judah tangle in a hotly anticipated light welterweight unification clash.
Judah is currently on a five-fight win streak with recent victories over Ernest Johnson, Ubaldo Hernandez, Jose Armando Santa Cruz, Lucas Matthysse and Kaizer Mabuza.
Khan’s last five wins have been against opponents Paul McCloskey, Marcos Maidana, Paul Malignaggi, Dimitry Salita and Andrey Kotelnik.
If you were to switch the opponents around, the results would be the same except, I could see Judah struggling with Maidana. Then I thought, Khan would probably have his work cut out for him with Matthysse.
The problem here is that Judah, 41-6-0 with 28 KO’s, has always been frustrating to watch. In the respect that sometimes when you saw him, he could be masterfully good, with a skill set beyond belief, implemented by near light speed counters and footwork, with a good punch and a decent enough chin to boot. More...
By Jane Warburton July 23rd, 2011 All Boxing Articles
Tonight at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, the WBA Super World Light-Welterweight and IBF Light-Welterweight Unification Bout between Amir Khan and Zab Judah takes place.
Both boxers weighed in yesterday amidst huge crowd support and seemed happy and relaxed as they stepped up to the scales.
Amir ‘King’ Khan of Bolton, England, weighed in at 140 pounds, as did Zab ‘Super’ Judah of Brooklyn, New York.
By Boxing Press July 22nd, 2011 All Press Releases
Ashley Theophane is eager to show that there is not just one British fighter who can be at the top of the light-welterweight division this Saturday night at Wembley Arena.
While WBA champion Amir Khan clashes with IBF champion Zab Judah in the early hours of Sunday morning, Theophane defends his British light-welterweight title against former European lightweight champion Jason Cook.
Theophane, who holds wins over top fighters such as Demarcus Corley and Delvin Rodriguez, wants a successful defence on Saturday night to pave the way to a fight that will lead him closer to a world title shot. More...
By Boxing Press July 18th, 2011 All Press Releases
AN apologetic Tyson Fury has called on Dereck Chisora to "grow up" and start acting like a real man ahead of their British and Commonwealth heavyweight title fight on Saturday night (July 23rd) at Wembley Arena.
Chisora was pulled out of Monday's press conference by promoter Frank Warren because of the harsh comments Tyson made in the middle of a heated media call last week but challenger Tyson just sees that as a lame excuse. More...
By Boxing Press July 6th, 2011 All Press Releases
From the mean streets of Grand Rapids to living in New York and now Hollywood, undefeated middleweight prospect Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin is on the verge of boxing greatness, and is being talked about in boxing circles as being a fighter ready for a high-profile world title fight within a year.
Coming off of an explosive third-round destruction of former world title challenger Jesse Brinkley this past April for the USBO super middleweight title, Quillin (24-0, 18 KOs) will return to compete in his natural middleweight division in an old fashioned throw-down with veteran “Marvelous” Tarvis Simms (27-1-1, 11 KOs) in 10-round bout on the July 23 Amir Khan vs. Zab Judah undercard at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. More...
By Boxing Press June 10th, 2011 All Press Releases
Amir Khan, WBA Super Lightweight Champion
"Zab's a tricky southpaw who's won many world titles but I don't think this is his time. He doesn't have the hunger that I do. I don't think he can take the belt I have off of me."
"We have a game plan for the fight, so I know how to beat Judah and I'm already way ahead of schedule. This is going to be a big fight in the U.S., but it's also big for my fans in the U.K. and I'm happy for them to come over." More...
By Boxing Press June 8th, 2011 All Press Releases
The wait is over and once again Floyd "Money" Mayweather delivers as the undefeated six-time world champion announced today that he will return to the ring on Saturday, September 17, to face the hard-hitting and explosive current WBC Welterweight Champion "Vicious" Victor Ortiz in what is now the biggest international boxing event of 2011.
The announcement of the fight, which will take place on Mexican Independence Day weekend, widely considered boxing's biggest weekend, sends shock waves across the sports pages as there is no denying that the younger, stronger and current champion Ortiz poses an extremely credible threat to Mayweather, who returns to the ring after a 16-month hiatus. More...
By Danny Wilson March 7th, 2011 All Boxing Results
Nearly 10 years after losing his IBF light welter title against Kostya Tszyu, Zab Judah put on an impressive performance Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ to once again put the red and gold belt around his waist.
The New York southpaw did well to keep his composure against aggressive brawler Kaiser Mabuza, never allowing the pressure put on by the South African to change his game plan.
Mabuza tried to repeat the past successes of Judah victors Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto and Carlos Baldomir but the rangy slugger didn't possess the boxing skills of those world champions and Judah did well to take advantage of that difference.
Judah was able to use his edge in quickness and solid footwork to avoid the charges of Mabuza early in the contest and getting ahead on the scorecards.
In the fourth Judah's glove touched the canvas and he was accessed a knockdown but he wasn't hurt. More...
By Richard Eberline March 4th, 2011 All Boxing Previews
Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ sees a clash between Zab Judah and Kaiser Mabuza for the vacant IBF light welter crown.
For Judah, 40-6 (27), this bout is the culmination of his return to the 140 pound division, where he held the IBF belt from 2000-2001 and the WBO strap in 2003 before going on to greater glory as a welter, winning the WBC, WBA and IBF titles in 2005.
The New York southpaw hit upon hard times at the starting in 2006, losing the WBC bauble at the hands of Carlos Baldomir before dropping world title contests to Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto and Joshua Clottey over the next two years.
Starting in 2010, Judah returned to light welter, halting former WBC interim lightweight ruler Jose Armando Santa Cruz in three before climbing off the canvas to post a very close split decision over the previously unbeaten Lucas Matthysse to capture the NABO trophy and also the number two spot in the IBF and WBO rankings.
Facing Judah in Newark tomorrow night is South Africa's Mabuza, 23-6-3 (14), who brings an eight contest winning streak to the table.
Mabuza had a tough start in the fight game in 2000, losing his maiden voyage to fellow debutante and future IBF welter titlist Issac Hlatshwayo, who also turned back Mabuza in 2003 for the South African lightweight trophy. More...
By Boxing Press February 24th, 2011 All Press Releases
Zab "Super" Judah faces Kaizer Mabuza for the IBF Junior Welterweight title March 5 at the Pridential Center in Newark, NJ.
Pernell Whitaker: "You can't even imagine the feelings I am having right now about this kid (Judah). He's like a student all over again, it's like re-teaching the guy some of the best things about himself. Nobody probably knows better than me, other than his father, about his fight game. It's been easy for me to give him the transformation to do all the things I know he can do very well, and to please the crowd." More...
By Boxing Press January 10th, 2011 All Press Releases
Kathy Duva, CEO Main Events, confirmed, "Contracts have been emailed to Kaizer Mabuza's promoter, Branco Milenkovic. The contract specifies the Judah - Mabuza IBF Jr. Welterweight title fight will be held March 5th."
According to the rules of the IBF purse bid that Main events won last week, Mabuza has two weeks from day of the purse bid to sign the contract. Duva expects the executed contracts back by next Thursday. More...
By Robert Brizel November 8th, 2010 All Ringside Boxing
Showing the heart of a lion, Zab Judah came off the canvas to win a razor close split decision on Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, over previously undefeated Lucas Matthysse of Argentina. Judah won the bout by scores of 114-113 twice while Matthyse won on the third judge’s card 114-113.
The victory sets up a possible light welterweight match against Kaiser Mabuza of South Africa for the IBF title being vacated by Devon Alexander, who also holds the WBC title.
"It's been ten weeks of hard training. I'll take some time off and meet with my team now, and we'll consider all of our options," explained Judah at the post fight press conference. More...
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