On Saturday, April 27, Danny "Swift" Garcia (25-0, 16 KOs) will defend his WBA and WBC welterweight titles against Zab "Super" Judah (42-7, 29 KOs) live from the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Garcia is a marketable rising star in boxing who has taken out some of the old guard—Nate Campbell and Erik Morales—and some of the new as well—Kendall Holt and Amir Khan. A win against an accomplished former champion like Zab Judah will only add more credence to the notion that Garcia is boxing's next big thing.
Judah has built up an impressive resume over his 17-year career, facing some of boxing’s most well-known champions such as Kostya Tszyu, Miguel Cotto, and Floyd Mayweather. Make no mistake about it, the Brooklynite has been on the big stage before. The difference this time is that Judah is the veteran, possibly looking at his last shot at a title.
Both men carry the immense pride of their respective cities on their back—Garcia is from Philadelphia, and Judah is from Brooklyn. Garcia and Judah have not minced words during the buildup to the fight, so come Saturday, tensions will be high.
Will Judah be able to put a complete fight together and capture glory one more time? Or will Garcia be able to prove he is one of the best fighters not only in the welterweight division but in all of boxing. Read on as I break down the four key categories going into Saturday night’s championship bout.
Stats courtesy of BoxRec.