Zab Judah Takes Training to New Heights

Judah has been running Mount Charleston every other day of his training camp (Photo courtesy of Main Events).
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Brooklyn Native Climbing Mount Charleston in Preparation for Lucas Matthysse

One thing that has been clear since junior welterweight Zab Judah (39-6, 27 KOs) re-signed with Main Events earlier this year, it’s that the Brooklyn native is more focused than he may possibly have been in his entire career. Admittedly being of a much clearer body and mind, Judah has intensified his training on many fronts while looking to new methods to return him to the top ranks of his weight class.

"I've been running Mount Charleston every other day since I heard that (Lucas) Matthysse is coming to fight me on HBO in front of my hometown crowd," Judah stated from his training camp in Las Vegas. "I am so excited about this fight. I have never been in better shape in my life. I could fight this kid right now!"

Judah will face Matthysse (27-0, 25 KOs), an undefeated Argentinean fighter, at Prudential Center on Saturday, November 6th, as part of HBO’s Boxing After Dark series. The bout will be his first since the former IBF and WBO Junior Welterweight Champion scored a TKO victory of Jose Armando Santa Cruz in July.

"Zab isn't taking any shortcuts,” said Bill Halkias, who is Judah’s partner with Super Judah Promotions. “He is taking his training very seriously and never complains. As a matter of fact, I think he really likes pushing himself to new limits. He likes going through the pain because he knows it will pay off in the ring. After 10 to 12 rounds of sparring, followed by his daily gym workout, his breathing is very calm, and he is not tired."

Mount Charleston is about 35 miles west of Las Vegas, and it extends to 11,918 feet at its highest point. A frequented destination for hikers and skiers, its high elevation drops the temperature about 20 to 30 degrees cooler than the surrounding region. Judah has been running the mountain alongside the guidance of his father, Yoel Judah, as well former light heavyweight Eddie Mustafa Muhammad.

The Judah-Matthysse 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 boxing fans can purchase them today by calling TicketMaster at 800-745-3000 or visiting

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