Judah last fought in November when he defeated Lucas Matthysse at Prudential Center (Photo courtesy of Main Events).
Judah Enlists Services of Former Seven-Time Champion
Newark’s Prudential Center begins a new chapter when it opens the AmeriHealth Pavilion on March 5th, and its historic first event will be a IBF Junior Welterweight Championship Fight between Zab Judah (40-6, 27 KOs) and Kaizer Mabuza (23-6-1, 14 KOs). Coming off a win over Lucas Matthysse in November to earn the WBO NABO Junior Welterweight Title, Judah revealed on a media call this past Thursday that he has enlisted the services of a certain seven-time world champion to prepare him for the bout.
“Training camp is going well,” Judah told the media. “We picked up a helping hand, Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whitaker. He will be a new member of Team Judah. At this point, I'm just taking experiences and sapping knowledge everywhere we go, sucking it all up. I need it. I'm going to get the best, to be the best."
Main Events CEO Kathy Duva also spoke about Whitaker coming on board.
"Pernell was thrilled when he found out that Zab was interested in bringing him in,” she stated. “There's probably nobody in the world that can build a game plan better than Pernell Whitaker. He can see everything.”
Duva also commented about the appeal that Whitaker found in working with a fighter who possesses the skill set that Judah has.
“I think in Zab, he has found a student who can actually execute everything he wants him to do, which is hard for someone like Pete (Pernell) to find,” she continued. “There aren't very many fighters that could actually do the things that Pete could teach him. I think of Pete as sort of a great concert pianist. He isn't going to be satisfied teaching students to play Chopsticks, but if he can find a student who can play that concerto the way he did, than he can really teach him something. That's what this pairing is. I think it's absolutely inspired and a wonderful idea. I know Pete is as thrilled about it as we are."
As far as his opponent on March 5th is concerned, Judah showed complete respect when he spoke about Mabuza.
"You know I'm not joking, there's nothing amusing here. Kaiser Mabuza is a fighter who made his way to the number one spot in boxing,” Judah remarked. “There's nothing I can take away from that, there's nothing you can take away from that. The man has made his way up there to become the number one fighter in the world. I'm number two. He's higher than me already and I'm going to surpass him come March 5th, but right now the man is number one in the world. So you have to give him his respect, because he made his way there."
With the currently vacant IBF Junior Welterweight Championship on the line against Mabuza, Judah admitted that it humbled him to be given a chance to win another world title.
"It means a lot to me to be put in this position,” he confirmed. “Kaiser Mabuza is a very tough fighter. He brings a great style to the ring of boxing, and he brings exciting fights. He's known as a home wrecker and he's coming across the world, so I know he's coming in 100% prepared for us. I know he's going to try to come in there and win his first world title, but Zab Judah is in there and I'm looking to become the five-time champion of the world. I'm not going to stop."
Additional fighters slated to appear on the Judah-Mabuza card include undefeated former U.S. Olympian Sadam Ali, Tarvis Simms and Shemuel Pagan. Those interested in purchasing tickets for the event can do so by logging onto www.prucenter.com or www.ticketmaster.com.