Judah-Paris in the Wings

By Robert Ecksel on February 9, 2012
Judah-Paris in the Wings
Paris believes he has something in store for the Brooklyn native that he is ill prepared for


On Saturday, March 24, at the Aviator Sports and Event Center, Zab Judah, now residing in Las Vegas, will have a homecoming of sorts when he returns to Brooklyn to fight Detroit’s undefeated Vernon Paris.

The old pro Judah, 41-7 (28 KOs), will be in tough against the up-and-coming 26-0 (15 KOs) Paris. Zab has proven more than once that he can upset the odds when they’re stacked against him. But one never knows which Zab Judah will show up to fight.

Judah, however, is riding high, this being his first professional fight in his beloved home borough. “All I want to say,” exclaimed Judah, “is I love Brooklyn!”

Paris has no more enthusiasm for Brooklyn than he does for Detroit, but he believes he has something in store for the Brooklyn native that he is ill prepared for.

“If you think Kostya Tszyu had him dancing in the ring,” said Paris about Judah’s TKO2 loss in 2001, “wait ‘til you see what I’m going to do Zab. He will be ready for Dancing with the Stars, or at least as a backup dancer in one of his friends videos.”

Paris is ranked number four by the IBF and is one of the bright lights in the junior welterweight division. If he gets by Judah, who is a step up in class, or vice-versa, the winner gets a shot at the newly crowned IBF king Lamont Peterson.

The fight will be the second installment of the new Fight Night Boxing Series on the NBC Sports Network.

The heart and soul behind the series, Main Events’ Kathy Duva, said, “Fights like this one have been our focus. Interesting, competitive crossroads matches like Judah-Paris will be the backbone of this project.”

If Judah has his way and emerges the winner, redemption and a shot at Peterson will be awfully sweet. If Paris can make his mark, on Judah and boxing, he’ll have made a statement that no one can deny.

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  1. the thresher 06:02pm, 02/09/2012

    Paris will wax Zab. I have been following Vernon since his tenth fight and he is super skilled when his game is on. He also has pop.

  2. BKDon 08:28am, 02/09/2012

    I think in recent years Judah has finally gotten the focus that he lacked as a young man in the sport. He’s not partying hard and boozing and doing all the other stuff he was doing in the streets in his 20’s. Unfortunately for him I think his rededication to the sport is too late, but he’s got a puncher’s chance against this untested kid.

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