Judah Adamek are both slated for their first bouts since world title fights in 2011.
Second Installment of Boxing Series to Take Place in Brooklyn
The NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night Boxing Series will have its second installment on Saturday, March 24th, with multiple former world champions slated to be on the card. The host site of the show is the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, New York, where local native Zab Judah (41-7, 28 KOs) will fight for the first time in his hometown against undefeated Detroit junior welterweight Vernon Paris (26-0, 15 KOs).
"Since the inception of our talks about the NBC Sports Network Fight Night Boxing Series, fights like this one have been our focus," said Main Events CEO Kathy Duva, who is one of the main promoters for the Fight Night Boxing Series. "Interesting, competitive crossroads matches like Judah-Paris will be the backbone of this project. Since word of this match-up began to leak out leading up to last month's purse bid, reaction from fans has been extremely positive. Main Events is proud to be able to give Zab the opportunity to fight in Brooklyn for the first time. There is no doubt that this will be an exciting night for both the fans in the arena and those who will be watching on NBC Sports Network."
When questioned on how he felt about fighting in Brooklyn for the first time, Judah kept it short and sweet.
"All I want to say is, I love Brooklyn!” he exclaimed.
This will be the first bout for Judah since being handed a fifth round knockout by Amir Khan last July. The loss, which cost the five-time world champion the IBF Junior Welterweight Title, also ended a five-fight winning streak. A former undisputed champion at the welterweight division (winning the WBC, WBA and IBF titles at that weight class in 2005), Judah now looks to take one last run at acquiring another world championship. However, Paris thinks this bout will mark the beginning of the end for his Brooklyn counterpart.
"If you think Kostya Tszyu had him dancing in the ring, wait until you see what I'm going to do to Zab,” he stated in reference to a shocking second round knockout Judah suffered in 2001, his first professional defeat. “He will be ready for 'Dancing with the Stars' or at least as a backup dancer in one of his friends’ videos."
While he is somewhat unknown to many on the boxing scene, Paris is currently the number four rated junior welterweight in the world by the IBF. After turning professional back in 2006, he has fought mainly in his native Michigan up to this point in his career.
While an opponent has not been named, it was also announced this week that Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs) will make his first appearance in the ring since a gutsy challenge of WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko last September in Poland. Also slated to be the co-main event on the card is a heavyweight showdown between Belarus native Sergei Liakhovich (25-4, 16 KOs) and Bryant Jennings (12-0, 5 KOs) of Philadelphia.
“This show is shaping up to be quite extraordinary," Duva continued. "There will be excitement from start to finish, and I'm sure that every boxing fan who can't get a ticket won't want to miss the broadcast on the NBC Sports Network."
This show is a co-promotion of Main Events, Peltz Boxing and Super Judah Promotions.