This weekend, on July 16, former undisputed welterweight kingpin Zab "Super" Judah will look to begin his quest for pugilistic redemption at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Judah's quest will be tested by the rugged Jose Armando Santa Cruz. The last time Judah fought was in June 2009 when he stopped Ubaldo Hernandez in just two rounds at the Palm Resort in his relocated home of Las Vegas, Nevada.
This fight is at welterweight, but after this, Judah plans on dropping down to the light welterweight division. This is where Judah seeks his redemption. Stating a new outlook on life and a newfound motivation, Judah's determination and focus is intense right now. Judah addressed his past in a recent press conference and promises, "In this fight you are going to see the best Zab Judah ever!"
Fight fans can't help but salivate over future matchups with Devon Alexander and Timothy Bradley, both of whom Judah has called out. Judah's blend of speed, power and experience would allow him to be competitive and dominate at his old weight.
I had the opportunity to speak with Zab "Super" Judah last week as he was finishing training in his newly opened gym in Las Vegas. Judah has opened a gym called "The Hit Factory" where he trains with his father Yoel Judah and Eddie Mustafa Muhammad.
Other fighters who train at the gym include his brothers Josiah, Joseph and Daniel Judah, Michael Grant, Chad Dawson, Ishe Smith and "Lightning" Lonnie Smith. The gym is occupied by pros from 12pm-3pm. After 4pm the gym is open to kids, where they are taught fitness, boxing skills and discipline.
Judah pointed out his extensive amateur career and pro career, where he faced just about every style of fighter. He is ready to fight 10 hard-fought rounds with Santa Cruz if need be. This is obviously the tone of an inspired man, not looking past his present challenge. If he can win impressively (and there's little doubt he will), we can begin the count down to Judah-Alexander or Judah-Bradley.