Judah will face undefeated Argetinean Matthysse on HBO (Photo courtesy of Main Events).
Duo Set to Clash on November 6th at Prudential Center
Newark, N.J. (Monday, October 4, 2010) – Fight fans are now standing just over a month away from a big junior welterweight pairing of Zab Judah (39-6, 27 KOs) and Lucas Matthysse (27-0, 25 KOs) at Prudential Center in Newark. The two hard-hitting punchers will square off on Saturday, November 6th, as part of HBO’s Boxing After Dark series.
"I'm here and I'm ready,” Judah said on a media conference call this past Friday. “I'd like to thank Lucas Matthysse for taking the fight, for being the opponent that steps up to the plate, to come in there and show his urgency to be a champion at 140 pounds."
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. The bout was his first since re-signing with Main Events, which is the same company he originally began his professional career with in 1996. A native of Brooklyn, Judah is a former world title holder who has his mind set on returning to that championship status. It is a level of newfound maturity and growth that he feels will help get him back to that level.
"Life is about growing up,” Judah reflected. “As you get older, you mature. I've been to the highest of the highs; I've been to the lowest of the lows. At this point of my life, I just choose to walk a different path. I'm doing everything by the book, I'm doing everything I was asked to do in the past and didn't do. I'm walking the right path in my life. I've pretty much seen it all. I want to do everything right for my son, Zab Jr., to set a good example."
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. To continue his impressive run of late, Judah will have to hand Matthysse the first blemish of his professional career, and that is not something he is taking lightly.
"Lucas Matthysse is a great fighter, I've watched him,” Judah remarked. “He has great hand speed. He has good combinations, he's very aggressive, but we are very well prepared for Lucas. This is going to be a great fight."
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 having come via knockout. While that tally is an impressive stoppage record, it is also something that has limited his time in the ring.
"I know it's a short comparison in rounds I've fought professionally, but you know what? Hey, that's my power in the ring,” Matthysse said through a translator. “I win my fights by knockout, but I'm not preparing in the gym for a knockout. We're training 8-10 rounds, we're sparring hard. We look every time we go into a fight to go the 12 rounds, and we're prepared to go the 12 rounds. And if they end early, it's because of the power I'm bringing."
The card on November 6th is a co-promotion by Main Events, Super Judah Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions. Tickets for the evening start at $53, and fans can purchase them today by calling TicketMaster at 800-745-3000 or visiting www.Prucenter.com.