Bleacher Report, boxing fans, everyday readers: its been a while since I have been on here, I have been a bit busy. I apologize. But I am here to give you all a bit of good and breaking news.
As some of my old Bleacher pals know, I live in Las Vegas and frequently I come across and speak to some of yesterday's and today's great boxers.
This past Tuesday night, I was at Munchbar—a little sports bar and restaurant inside of Caesars Palace—and wouldn't you know it, Zab 'Super' Judah was sitting right next to me. So being the boxing fan and aficionado that I am, I sparked a conversation with the current IBF junior welterweight champion.
Judah (41-6, 28 KO) told me he plans on fighting Juan Manuel Marquez (52-5, 38 KO) at 140 pounds in July 2011. My first initial thought... amazing!
Since his one year layoff from 2008-2009, Judah is 4-0 with three knockouts. Granted his level of competition hasn't been the greatest, but what do you expect? Prior to his layoff he had four losses and one NC within a two year span.
I have always been a fan of Zab Judah and I am glad to see he has humbled himself and hasn't taken his talents for granted lately. He's rededicated himself to the sport, training hard, gave up on the partying and brought in one of the greatest defenseman of all-time to his corner, Pernell Whitaker.
Zab told me, he feels "great" and "loves to train." He elaborated, saying the paper work and details to the Marquez fight are in negotiations at the moment. His ultimate goal, Manny Pacquiao.
Judah stated, that he wants to own the Jr. Welterweight division and it begins with JMM. Marquez has only fought above 140 once, and it was a loss to Floyd Mayweather.
There are current fighters in the division that Zab Judah could also fight: Amir Khan, Devon Alexander and Timothy Bradley. But it seems he is gunning for the bigger names and with his experience and history, if he continues to win, I guess he has the right to go after those big names.
If Judah is victorious over Marquez and the potential mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao continue to be put on hold, he wants to fight Manny Pacquiao at the end of the year. Wouldn't that be great?
Now, let's not jump ahead, a victory over Juan Manuel is no easy task. The 37 year old Mexican champion is one of the best boxers out there with one of the best counter attacks. And if Judah wants to beat him, it will take solid training, good defense and of course his lightning speed and power. Basically a perfect and effective fight plan.
If this fight comes to fruition officially, it will be one that I believe many fans would look forward too. This writer would pay to watch it, that's for sure. What do you guys think of this fight?
In the mean time, be on the look out for this story to break, via ESPN or any other boxing media outlet.
... but remember where you heard it first.