This Night in Boxing History: January 7

Aaron KingContributor IIIJanuary 7, 2012

NEW YORK - JANUARY 07:  Zab Judah and Carlos Baldomir exchange punches during their undisputed World Welterweight Championship fight at Madison Square Garden January 7, 2006 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Jan. 7, 2006:  Carlos Baldomir W12 Zab Judah

Coming into the fight, Judah regained the Ring Magazine welterweight championship by avenging his decision loss to Cory Spinks. Baldomir was supposed to cannon fodder, like Cosme Rivera before him, as Judah prepared for his date with Floyd Mayweather.

Baldomir was not interested in those plans. He outworked Judah over 12 rounds, earning a narrow but clear unanimous decision.

The Argentinian journeyman seemed to have struck a blow for due process, if not justice, by wresting the undisputed welterweight title. The fight was named Ring Magazine's "Fight of the Year."

Alas, one of the alphabet bodies shockingly decided not to strip Judah of his trinket so that it could sanction the Mayweather-Judah fight. Baldomir would have to wait until after Judah took his shot at Money's family jewels before he would get a shot of his own.