Judah last fought in November, defeating Lucas Matthysse in Newark.
IBF Junior Welterweight Title Fight Slated for March 5th
After winning the purse bid for the right to host an IBF Junior Welterweight Championship Bout between top contenders Zab Judah (40-6, 27 KOs) and Kaizer Mabuza (23-6, 14 KOs), Main Events officially announced the upcoming title fight will be held at Prudential Center in Newark. The bout is expected to be held on March 5th, as reported on the Twitter page of Judah, who is represented by Main Events and Super Judah Promotions.
"It is a 50-50 split of the earnings between the two fighters,” said Lindsay Tucker, IBF Championships Chairman. “Kaizer is ranked number one by the IBF, and Judah is number two. Where the fight will be held is up to the winning bidder."
After the bidding concluded, Main Events CEO Kathy Duva confirmed that Prudential Center would indeed serve as the host site.
"We are very happy that Zab has the opportunity to fight for the IBF Junior Welterweight title right here in New Jersey,” Duva stated. “Winning this fight will put Zab right in the mix with the winner of Bradley-Alexander and Amir Khan. Zab will work very hard to win this fight so that he will be one step closer to his ultimate goal of unifying all of the Junior Welterweight Titles by the end of 2011!"
Judah last fought in November when he edged Lucas Matthysse by the slimmest of margins in a split decision victory at Prudential Center. Matthysse, who is a native of Argentina, was undefeated in 27 professional bouts before that pairing. In winning the fight, Judah claimed the vacant NABO Junior Welterweight Belt while also securing the number two ranking in both the IBF and WBO.
Mabuza only stepped in the ring once in 2010, picking up a stoppage win over Kendall Holt at Bally’s in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The South African fighter took over the top spot in the IBF rankings as a result of the win.