Both fighters were intensely focused at the final press conference on Wednesday.
Junior Welterweight Pairing Highlights Loaded Night of Boxing in Newark
After much excitement and preparation, fight day for a junior welterweight pairing between Zab Judah (39-6, 27 KOs) and Lucas Matthysse (27-0, 25 KOs) is nearly upon us, with Prudential Center in Newark being the host site for the HBO Boxing After Dark show on Saturday. Judah has been widely noted as being intensely focused in his training for Matthysse, and the time has finally come for him to showcase his preparation against a very deserved opponent.
"I'd like to thank Lucas Matthysse for having the confidence to take this fight,” Judah stated. “This is a great opportunity to be back in this position. Saturday night is going to be electrifying. It's a celebration."
Matthysse has an impressive knockout record in stopping 93 percent of his opponents, but Judah presents a much bigger challenge than he has faced in his previous 27 bouts. His style is something that is quite different from what Matthysse has seen in the past as well.
"Everyone has a plan. He has to step to me,” Judah remarked. “My hands aren't slow, and I don't lack power. Inside the ring, I feel very comfortable. We're prepared for everything."
While this fight marks just his third overall in the United States, Matthysse feels that the work he has done to get ready for Judah will make him very comfortable in the ring come Saturday.
"I trained for speed working with Sergio Martinez,” Matthysse said through a translator. “I've never seen a fighter train like Sergio. I will benefit from the experience of working with him. Zab's speed will not be an issue on Saturday night."
Matthysse also feels his motor will give him the ability to emerge victorious in this bout, and he said his intentions are to slow Judah with blows to the body.
"I'm going to hurt him with my body shots,” he stated. “It's only Zab and myself come Saturday night. No one can help him. We worked really hard, and I know I'm going to take this win back to Argentina."
However, an energetic Judah was quick to rebut those comments.
"I've heard that one of his strategies is that Zab's gonna get tired,” he responded. “Let me tell you, I've been training very hard. I've been climbing mountains in Las Vegas. I feel great. Zab's not gonna get tired. I'm gonna shock everyone."
The Judah-Matthysse showdown will headline HBO’s Boxing After Dark, which hits the air at 11:15 p.m. on Saturday. For fans in the area, tickets for the entertaining evening of fights start at $53 and can be purchased today by calling TicketMaster at 800-745-3000 or visiting www.Prucenter.com.
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