This fight will be the second for Judah at Prudential Center (Photos courtesy of Main Events).
Fight Slated for November 6th at Prudential Center
Newark, N.J. (Monday, September 13, 2010) – The final details are almost set for an upcoming junior welterweight clash between Zab Judah (39-6, 27 KOs) and Lucas Matthysse (27-0, 25 KOs). All signs are pointing to the duo facing off at Newark’s Prudential Center on Saturday, November 6th, as part of HBO’s Boxing After Dark series.
“Matthysse is a good young fighter with good speed and power,” Judah stated. “I look forward to making this an exciting fight for all my fans. Godspeed, here we go."
This fight came on tap after negotiations faltered in a proposed bout between Judah and Michael Clark, which was originally scheduled for October 2nd at Prudential Center. Judah, a former IBF and WBO Junior Welterweight Champion, last stepped in the ring in July when he scored a TKO victory of Jose Armando Santa Cruz.
"We are absolutely thrilled to be bringing HBO to Prudential Center for the first time,” Main Events CEO Kathy Duva commented. “When the opportunity arose, everyone involved worked very hard to reschedule Zab's next appearance in Newark to November 6th to coincide with HBO's schedule. Judah-Matthysse will be a spectacular event, and as always, the Prudential Center fans will be treated to another great night of boxing."
The 32-year-old Judah has won five of his last six bouts, with the only loss being a technical decision defeat to Joshua Clottey in 2008 when accidental head butts caused the fight to go to the cards in the ninth round.
“Matthysse will make for an exciting fight,” said Bill Halkias, who is the VP of Super Judah Promotions. “He is a young fighter that possesses decent hand speed and plenty of power. He has never faced an opponent like Zab, who has the fastest hands in boxing, crushing power and a level of experience that only comes from fighting the cream of the crop. This is the type of matchup that boxing needs. We have great fans and only want to give them the best possible fights we can offer."
Matthysse is a native of Argentina, and he is a former WBO Latino Light Welterweight Champion. He is undefeated in 27 professional fights, with 25 of those victories have coming via knockout. He has mainly fought in his native country, and this will be just his third bout in the United States.