Open main menu

Zabdiel Judah (born October 27, 1977) is an American professional boxer. He is a multiple-time former world champion in two weight classes, having held the IBF and WBO junior welterweight titles between 2000 and 2004; the IBF junior welterweight title again in 2011; and the undisputed welterweight title in 2005, which included a reign as the lineal champion from 2005 to 2006.[1] Judah was hospitalized after suffering a brain bleed in a stoppage loss to Cletus Seldin in a vacant NABA regional super lightweight title bout on June 7, 2019.[2]

Zab Judah
Zab Judah.jpg
Judah in 2010
Real nameZabdiel Judah
Height5 ft 7 12 in (171 cm)
Reach72 in (183 cm)
Nationalityis an American former professional boxer
Born (1977-10-27) October 27, 1977 (age 42)
Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Boxing record
Total fights56
Wins by KO30
No contests2

Amateur careerEdit

Judah began boxing at the age of six and compiled an amateur record of 110–5. He was a two-time US national champion and three-time New York Golden Gloves Champion. He also won the 1996 PAL National Championship. Judah beat Ishe Smith and Hector Camacho, Jr., but lost to David Díaz in the finals of the Olympic trials, thus failing to qualify for the Olympic boxing team.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Light welterweightEdit

Early yearsEdit

Judah made his professional debut as an 18-year-old on September 20, 1996, in Miami, Florida and defeated Michael Johnson by technical knockout in the second round. On April 14, 1998, Judah defeated Angel Beltre in the second round.[3] Judah accidentally butted heads with Esteban Flores in a fight in March 1999. Flores was cut on his forehead, and the match was halted in the third round. The bout was originally recorded as a technical draw, but the result was changed to a no contest in May 1999.

Judah then defeated Micky Ward by unanimous decision for the USBA Light Welterweight title. He successfully defended the USBA title by stopping Darryl Tyson in the eleventh round on October 15, 1998.[3]

IBF championEdit

Judah defeated Wilfredo Negron in January 1999 with a fourth-round knockout to win the Interim IBF Light Welterweight title.[3] On February 12, 2000, he defeated Jan Piet Bergman to win the vacant IBF Light Welterweight title. Bergman went down twice in the first round, but recovered in the second round, knocking Judah down. Judah knocked out Bergman in the fourth round to win the title.[4] On June 20, 2000, Judah made his first title defense against Junior Witter in Glasgow, Scotland. It was an awkward fight for Judah, as Witter rarely engaged in an extended exchange of punches. Witter frequently switched between fighting right-handed and left-handed, making him an elusive opponent. Judah's consistent body punching slowed Witter down, and in the fifth round, Judah caught Witter with a straight left hand that hurt Witter and sent his mouthpiece skittering across the ring. Judah defeated Witter by unanimous decision.[5]

Two months later, on August 5, 2000, at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, Judah defeated former IBF Light Welterweight Champion Terron Millett by fourth-round knockout. Judah was knocked down in the first round from a left hand. Judah rose quickly, and from that point on he dominated the fight. Judah hurt Millett with two combinations near the end of the first round. In round two, Judah sent Millett down with a right hand to the chin. Millett survived the round, but he was clearly hurt. In round four, Judah charged across the ring and inflicted a series of blows on Millett, knocking him down again. Millett got up, but Judah continued his assault and knocked Millett down again. Millett rose at the count of four, but his legs were unsteady and the referee decided to stop the bout.[6]

In his third title defense, Judah stopped Hector Quiroz in the eighth round on October 20, 2000, at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan.[3] On January 13, 2001, Judah defeated Reggie Green by tenth-round technical knockout at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. Judah had trouble landing punches effectively against Green for the majority of the fight, but in round ten, he knocked Green down with a left hook. Green beat the count, but Judah then ran across the ring and sent Green down to the canvas with a right hand, forcing the referee to stop the fight.[7] On June 23, 2001, Judah defeated Allan Vester by third-round knockout in his fifth successful defense of the IBF title. In round two, Judah put Vester down to the canvas twice. In the third round, Judah knocked out Vester with a left hand that connected on Vester's temple. Vester went down on his knees and nearly lost his mouthpiece. The referee stopped the fight right before the closing bell. The fight would set up a unification match between Judah and WBC and WBA Light Welterweight Champion Kostya Tszyu, who defeated Oktay Urkal on the undercard.[8]

Judah vs. TszyuEdit

The much anticipated matchup between Judah and Tsyzu took place on November 3, 2001, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada for the Undisputed Light Welterweight Championship. Judah entered the fight as a 3-to-1 favorite to win.[9][10] With 10 seconds left to go in round two, Tszyu landed a right hand clean on Judah's chin and he backed away from Tszyu with his hands down. Tszyu went after Judah, throwing another right hand that landed on his chin and sent Judah crashing to the canvas. Judah jumped up instinctively and tried to signal that he was fine to referee Jay Nady, but was still dazed by the punch and fell down a second time. When Judah collapsed, Nady waved the fight over, resulting in a technical knockout victory for Tsyzu and Judah's first professional loss.[9]

While Tszyu celebrated in his corner, Judah was in disbelief of what just happened and became infuriated.[10] Judah picked up his stool and hurled it towards center ring. While being restrained by his father and trainer, Yoel Judah, he broke loose and walked up to Nady and stuck his gloved fist into his neck and had to be pulled off by cornermen. A few minutes later, Jimmy Lennon, Jr. announced the official decision and Judah screamed out and again had to be restrained by a growing number of security guards and cornermen.[9] Judah was fined $75,000 and suspended for six months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.[11]

After defeating Omar Weis by unanimous decision in July 2002, Judah challenged DeMarcus Corley for the WBO Light Welterweight title on July 12, 2003, at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Judah knocked Corley down with a left hand in the third round en route to defeating Corley by split decision. Judah broke his left hand during the fight. In his only defense of the WBO title, Judah knocked out Jaime Rangel in the first round on December 13, 2003.[3]


Judah vs. SpinksEdit

On April 10, 2004, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Judah fought Cory Spinks for the Undisputed Welterweight Championship. Judah had trouble at the start figuring out how to fight Spinks, the taller fighter. He could not move forward to get inside, but was having success moving laterally. Spinks scored a knockdown in the eleventh round, but Judah came back and put Spinks down to the canvas in the final round. In the end, Spinks defeated Judah by unanimous decision with scores of 114–112 twice and 116–111.[12]

For the rest of 2004, Judah defeated Rafael Pineda by split decision and Wayne Martell by first-round technical knockout.

Judah vs. Spinks IIEdit

On February 5, 2005, Judah would get a rematch with Spinks at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, Missouri, Spinks' hometown. The fight was the first major bout in St. Louis in more than 40 years, and it was a sellout. Judah was the aggressor throughout the fight. He knocked Spinks down to his knees at the bell in the seventh round, but it was not ruled a knockdown. Spinks had a strong start to the ninth round and connected with a left hand, then followed with a right hand and a combination, but Judah scored a knockdown moments later. Judah pressed the attack after the first knockdown and avoided Spinks' desperate efforts to tie him up. After Spinks was knocked down for the second time, the referee stopped the fight, and Judah became the new Undisputed Welterweight Champion.[13]

Undisputed welterweight championEdit

In his first fight as undisputed welterweight champion, he fought Cosme Rivera on May 14, 2005, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Judah sent Rivera down with a straight left hand to the face less than 30 seconds into the bout. Rivera beat the count, but was knocked down again about 10 seconds later. Judah hit Rivera hard several times in the second round, and in the third round, he connected with a left uppercut, that caused Rivera to stagger backwards and fall into the ropes before hitting the canvas. Rivera rose at the count of five, but he was badly hurt and the referee stopped the fight.[14]

His next fight took place on January 7, 2006 at Madison Square Garden in New York City against Carlos Baldomir. For Judah, the fight was viewed as a tuneup bout that would lead to a lucrative bout between Judah and WBC Light Welterweight Champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr., which was tentatively scheduled for April.[15] Judah entered the fight as a 10-to-1 favorite over Baldomir.[16] The stage was set when Judah unsportingly punched Baldomir on the thigh during the prefight introductions instead of touching gloves to show sportsmanship. The early rounds of the fight were close, but as the rounds passed, Judah was doing less than necessary to win, while Baldomir kept applying pressure on Judah.[17] In round seven, Judah was hurt by a right hand and Baldomir landed a series of right hands to Judah's head along the ropes during the tenth round. Baldomir defeated Judah by unanimous decision with scores of 115–113, 114–113 and 115–112 from the three judges.[18]

The Ring named Baldomir's victory over Judah the upset of the year for 2006. Judah's IBF and WBA belts were not on the line, because Baldomir did not pay sanctioning fees to the IBF and WBA.[15] Baldomir did win the lineal, WBC and The Ring titles, while the WBA (Super) title was vacated after Judah's loss (WBA (Regular) titleholder Luis Collazo became the sole WBA Champion), but the IBF still recognized him as their champion.[19][20]

Judah vs. MayweatherEdit

With the loss to Baldomir, it appeared that Judah's much anticipated bout with Mayweather was off, but Judah's promoter Don King and Mayweather's promoter Bob Arum reworked the deals so the fight would go on. Mayweather was scheduled to earn a minimum $6 million while Judah was to earn $3 million plus a percentage of the profits, but because of Judah's loss, Mayweather earned a minimum $5 million while Judah was guaranteed $1 million plus a percentage of profits above $7 million.[21] The fight took place on April 8, 2006, at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Judah started strongly and put up a valiant fight, at times matching Mayweather's speed and punching precision.[22] It appeared that Judah scored a knockdown in the second round when Mayweather's glove touched the canvas; however, referee Richard Steele ruled it a slip.[23] In round four, Judah landed a right hand to the head that caused Mayweather to retreat to the ropes and cover up. The momentum changed in the fifth round, when Mayweather hurt Judah with a combination to the face. Then Mayweather landed a right hand on the bridge of Judah's nose, and blood began to flow. The seventh round was the most dominant for Mayweather to that point. Once again, he drew blood from Judah's nose. A combination from Mayweather backed Judah into a corner, and Judah's foot movement was considerably slower than it had been earlier in the fight.[24]

With about 10 seconds left in the tenth round, Judah hit Mayweather with a low blow and followed it with a right hand to the back of Mayweather's head. As Mayweather hopped around the ring in pain, Steele called time to give Mayweather a rest period. Mayweather's uncle and trainer, Roger Mayweather, climbed into the ring and approached Judah.[23] Yoel Judah entered the ring and threw a punch at Roger. At that point, members of both fighters' camps entered the ring and an all-out melee ensued. More than a dozen security officers and police officers rushed into the ring and managed to control the situation.[24] After the ring was cleared, Roger Mayweather was ejected from the fight. Mayweather cruised through the last two rounds on his way to a unanimous decision victory by scores of 116–112, 117–111 and 119–109.[23]

After the fight, the purses for both fighters were withheld until video of the fight could be reviewed. Don King argued that Mayweather should have been disqualified because his uncle was the first person to enter the ring.[24] At an April 13 hearing, the Nevada State Athletic Commission fined Roger Mayweather $200,000 and revoked his boxing license for one year. At a hearing on May 8, the Commission disciplined the other offenders in the melee. It fined Yoel Judah $100,000 and revoked his license for one year, fined Mayweather cornerman Leonard Ellerbe $50,000 and suspended his license for four months, and fined Zab Judah $350,000 and revoked his license for one year.[25]

Return from suspensionEdit

On April 13, 2007, Judah made his return to the ring against Ruben Galvan at the Fitzgeralds Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi. Judah came out strongly in the first round, landing numerous shots on Galvan. During the round, a bad cut opened near the top of Galvan's head. The referee called for a timeout to allow the doctor to take a look at the cut. Due to the severity of the cut, the fight was waved off. The cut was ruled to be caused by an accidental foul with an elbow and since the fight did not go past four rounds, the fight was ruled a no contest.[26]

Judah vs. CottoEdit

On June 9, 2007, Judah took on WBA Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto in New York City before a soldout crowd at Madison Square Garden.[27] In the first round, Cotto landed a low blow that put Judah to the canvas. Referee Arthur Mercante, Jr. offered a stern warning to Cotto. In the third round, Judah took yet another low blow from Cotto, which resulted in Cotto receiving a point deduction.[28] Cotto and Judah delivered an all-action brawl, but after weathering some difficult early rounds as he figured out Judah's southpaw style and adjusted to his speed, Cotto took over the bout. In round seven, both fighters went toe-to-toe and in round eight he hurt Judah several times. In round nine, Judah took a knee to gain a breather from Cotto's aggressive style. By the tenth round, Judah was bleeding from a cut over his right eye and was hurt by an uppercut from Cotto that sent him retreating to the ropes, but Judah stayed upright. Early in the eleventh round, Cotto landed a combination that dropped Judah to the canvas. He managed to get to his feet, but Cotto went after Judah with a relentless attack, turning him sideways along the ropes as he continued to throw punches. That forced the referee to stop the fight.[27]

Judah, who trailed 97–91 on all three scorecards, claimed he had been weakened by the two low blows early in the fight. He said, "The first low blow was very hard. The second one took a lot out of me. The low blows affected me from the time they hit me." Cotto earned $2.5 million plus a piece of the pay-per-view profits, while Judah earned $1 million plus a percentage of the profits.[27]

Judah fought Edwin Vazquez at the Hard Rock resort in Biloxi, Mississippi on September 7, 2007. Despite suffering a cut over his left eye, Judah defeated the overmatched Vazquez by unanimous decision. Judah hurt Vazquez several times over the course of the contest, but he injured his left hand midway through the fight and was unable to finish off Vasquez.[29]

Light middleweightEdit

On November 17, 2007 in Judah defeated Ryan Davis by unanimous decision. With the win, he won the vacant IBC light middleweight title. The fight took place at the Casablanca Casino in Providenciales, Turks And Caicos Islands which had an open roof. In the third round it began to rain. Since there was no marquee covering the ring, both fighters continued to fight in the rain. During the third, Judah scored a knockdown on Davis, although he recovered, he went on to lose by a wide margin (119-109 119-109 118-110).

Judah was scheduled to fight Shane Mosley on May 31, 2008, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, but it was postponed after Judah needed 50 stitches in his right arm after slipping in his bathroom and smashing it through a glass shower door.[30]

Return to welterweightEdit

Judah vs. ClotteyEdit

On August 2, 2008, Judah lost to Joshua Clottey by technical decision in a fight for the vacant IBF Welterweight title at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.[31] Judah began the busier fighter, showing quick hands and throwing effective combinations behind a jab. Clottey began steadily closing the distance between himself and his opponent from the third round, landing an increasing number of punches that took their toll on Judah.[32] In round four, Clottey landed an uppercut that caused Judah to lose his balance, and by the end of the round, Judah had blood running down his nose.[33] Judah staged a comeback in the sixth round,[32] but in the middle of the seventh round, Clottey landed a right hand that hurt Judah and caused him to back into a corner.[34] In round nine, Judah suffered a cut over his right eye and the fight was stopped after he said he could not see. The referee had ruled the cut was caused by an accidental clash of heads and so the fight went to the scorecards. Two judges scored the fight 86–85 and the other judge scored it 87–84, all in favor of Clottey.[32]

Comeback trailEdit

After the loss to Clottey, Judah fought Ernest Johnson on November 8, 2008, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Judah dominated the bout early,[35] but in round three, Judah suffered two cuts from accidental head butts.[36] Finding success with lead right hands and short left hands.[35] Judah won the bout by unanimous decision with scores of 99–91, 98–92 and 98–92.[36]

On November 6, 2009, Judah took on Ubaldo Hernandez from Mexico at Palms Resort, in Las Vegas, Nevada.[37] Judah won the fight by TKO in the second round.[38]

Judah was in line for a fight with Devon Alexander, after the latter's win against Juan Urango.[39][40] He has also been linked to a match with Timothy Bradley, as he was considered as a possible replacement for Marcos Maidana. The former undisputed champion publicly challenged both of them on more than one occasion in 2010. Promoter Gary Shaw tried to begin negotiations with Judah for a potential bout in 2010.[41] However, Judah declined the match but promised to fight Bradley and Alexander after a tune-up fight on July 16 at the Prudential Center in New Jersey.[42]

The Brooklyn native's tune up fight in July was co-promoted by Main Events and Super Judah Promotions.[43] In June 2010, Judah expressed his intention in moving down to the light welterweight division after the upcoming fight, hoping to revitalize his career.[44] His opponent was Jose Armando Santa Cruz of Mexico (28–4; 17 KO).[45] Judah won the bout by TKO in round three.[46][47][48]

Return to light welterweightEdit

Judah vs. MatthysseEdit

On November 6, 2010, Judah won a split decision over previously undefeated Lucas Matthysse in a fight for the vacant regional NABO Light Welterweight title at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.[49] The former world champion fought in the light welterweight division for the first time in almost seven years.

The Brooklyn native began the busier fighter, using the jab and trying to land uppercuts for the first two rounds, while Matthysse worked on the body. In round three, a clash of heads opened a cut outside of the left eye of Judah. Matthysse displayed more aggression and became the aggressor in the third and the fourth round and Judah switched to a defensive tactic. In the next two rounds, the American boxer picked up the pace, beginning to land more combinations. The seventh round was less active but in the eight, Judah landed some hard right counter shots. Judah continued to box throughout the ninth round but Matthysse began to show more power in the tenth, focusing on the head of his opponent and knocking down the American boxer after a hard right hand to the jaw. Judah got up but he was hurt, and the Argentine fighter tried to press the attack after the knockdown. However, Judah held and worked on the defensive and managed to finish the bout.[50] Two judges scored the fight 114–113 for Judah, while the other judge scored it 114–113 for Matthysse.[51]

Second IBF title reignEdit

Following the win against Matthysse, negotiations for a fight against Kaizer Mabuza began. Both sides eventually agreed to a March 5 bout, with the vacant IBF Light Welterweight title on the line. Former champion Pernell Whitaker joined Judah's training camp to help him prepare for the match.[52] Whitaker said: "I don't train guys to be like me. I help guys to do the things that work for them. If I can teach you how to hit and not get hit, that's a blessing for you. Zab has the same abilities I have, but Zab still has to put it together and do it the way that Zab knows how to do it."[53] On March 5, 2011, Judah defeated Mabuza via technical knockout in the seventh round, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, claiming the IBF title again after almost ten years.[54]

Judah vs. KhanEdit

Judah fought WBA (Super) champion Amir Khan in a unification bout on July 23, 2011 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas. Judah was knocked out by Khan in the 5th round after Khan landed an uppercut body shot. Judah was unable to answer the referee's 10 count, thus recording his 7th career loss. Khan was ahead 40-36 on all three judges score cards at the time of the knock out. Judah was adamant that the body shot should have been called low and claimed that he had been expecting a mandatory five-minute recovery period.[55][56]

Judah vs ParisEdit

After the loss against Amir Khan, Zab Judah started resurrecting his career fighting the undefeated 26-0 prospect Vernon Paris, In the buildup to this fight it was bad blood between the two but when it came to fight night, Judah started out strong and hurt Paris right away in the first round then he slowed down a bit but was still dominant using his handspeed and in the 9th round Judah landed a perfect left hand which hurt Paris and started throwing a flurry of punches which landed, Paris had no response and the referee stepped in and stopped the fight.

Judah vs. GarcíaEdit

Judah's next bout was scheduled for February 9 against undefeated WBC & WBA (Super) Champion Danny García at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, but was subsequently rescheduled to April 27, 2013 due to a rib injury sustained by Garcia during training.

After a heated week of pre-fight confrontations, fans were expecting something special from Danny Garcia vs. Zab Judah. And the fighters delivered, though in an unanticipated fashion. From early on it was clear that the bad blood would not adversely impact the fight, as both men fought strong technical fights.

During the early rounds, Garcia steadily pulled ahead, outboxing Judah throughout. Judah was in serious trouble in rounds 5 and 6, then finally went down in the 8th. From there, things took a surprising turn. Never known for his resolve or ability to turn the fight around late, Judah responded to the knockdown by coming on strong down the stretch. Judah took the last 3 rounds, though his deficit from earlier in the fight meant it wasn't enough and Garcia defeated Judah by unanimous decision (115-112, 114-112, 116-111).[57][58]

Second return to welterweightEdit

Judah vs. MalignaggiEdit

Judah fought former welterweight titlist Paulie Malignaggi December 7, 2013 at the Barclays Center for the vacant NABF welterweight title. Judah started well, winning the first three rounds with a sharp jab, also dropping Malignaggi in the second round. The rest of the fight saw Malignaggi hitting quick jabs outpointing Judah. The fight went the 12 round distance as the judges scored it 116-111, 117-110 and 117-110 all in Malignaggi's favor. Due to the lack of action in the fight, the crowd booed as the fight ended. The fight was for the "King of Brooklyn" belt and local bragging rights.[59][60]

Return from hiatusEdit

In early January 2017, Judah announced that he would have his first fight in over 3 years on January 21 when he fights journeyman Jorge Luis Munguia (12-7, 4 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round bout at Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey. The bout was an Internet-only pay per view.[61][62] As expected, Judah won the bout via 2nd-round TKO. Judah connected with power shots from the opening bell, landed a left hook to the head of Munguia in round 2 which dropped it on his back. The referee stopped the fight at 1 minute and 27 seconds of the round.[63][64] A year later on January 27, 2018, Judah returned to the ring at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and fought Mexican boxer Noel Mejia Rincon (21-14-1, 12 KOs) over 10 rounds. Judah's entrance included a light show, as well as showcasing some of the world titles he had won during his career. The fight went the 10 round distance with Judah winning 99-91 on all three judges scorecards. Apart from being hurt once towards the end of round 6 following some body shots, Judah started the first round at a steady pace but controlled the remainder of the fight.[65][66]

Final return to light welterweightEdit

Judah versus SeldinEdit

After seventeen months of inactivity, and in only his third bout in six years, on June 7, 2019, at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York, Zab Judah, age 41, was stopped in the eleventh round of a scheduled 12 rounder for the vacant NABA Super Lightweight title by Cletus Seldin. Judah felt faint after the bout, and was hospitalized and treated for a brain bleed, probably ending his boxing career. He was subsequently released from the hospital and is recovering.[67]

Personal lifeEdit

Judah has nine brothers and two sisters. Five of his brothers also box, with three of them, Josiah, Joseph and Daniel Judah, boxing professionally. Judah's father and trainer, Yoel Judah, is a six-time kickboxing world champion and a seventh degree black belt.[68] Judah's father is an avowed Black Hebrew Israelite and Judah's family has declared themselves Jewish.[69][70] Judah thanked "his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" after his 2005 fight against Spinks.[71] Zab is now a Born again Christian.[72]

In July 2006, he was arrested after a celebrity basketball game at Madison Square Garden on a Family Court warrant.[73] In August 2007, Judah became involved in a fight at Stereo nightclub in New York. According to the New York Daily News, Judah started throwing punches after he was hit first by someone who approached him. Two of the perpetrator's friends then joined in the fight and eventually everyone involved were kicked out of the club. After reviewing the videotape, the club indicated the perpetrators "might have been plotting something."[74]

New York Police linked rapper Fabolous to a crew of robbers who targeted Judah twice. According to police reports, the Street Fam Crew, the gang which attempted to rob Judah, was made up of 20 members, all former drug dealers from Fabolous' Brooklyn neighborhood. In 2006, three men tried to rob Judah as he stood next to his Lamborghini on West 27th Street at 10th Avenue in New York City. The three men drove up to Judah in a minivan at about 5 am, and came out. One man pulled a handgun on Judah, and told him to put his jewelry on the hood of his car. Judah ran from the scene instead. The muggers followed in their minivan, but crashed into a tree a block away. All three robbers fled the scene. One was captured by a Homeland Security agent on his way to work, and another was grabbed by a nearby cab driver.[75]

Judah also volunteers teaching a nursing assistance class and helps at an adult day care facility treating patients with dementia.[76][77]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
56 fights 44 wins 10 losses
By knockout 30 4
By decision 14 6
No contests 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
56 Loss 44–10 (2)   Cletus Seldin TKO 11 (12), 1:40 Jun 7, 2019   Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, U.S. For vacant NABA super lightweight title
55 Win 44–9 (2)   Noel Mejia Rincon UD 10 Jan 27, 2018   Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
54 Win 43–9 (2)   Jorge Luis Munguia TKO 2 (10), 1:27 Jan 21, 2017   Sun National Bank Center, Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.
53 Loss 42–9 (2)   Paulie Malignaggi UD 12 Dec 7, 2013   Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. For vacant NABF welterweight title
52 Loss 42–8 (2)   Danny García UD 12 Apr 27, 2013   Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. For WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring light welterweight titles
51 Win 42–7 (2)   Vernon Paris TKO 9 (12), 2:07 Mar 24, 2012   Aviator Sports & Events Center, New York City, New York, U.S.
50 Loss 41–7 (2)   Amir Khan KO 5 (12), 2:47 Jul 23, 2011   Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost IBF light welterweight title;
For WBA (Super) light welterweight title
49 Win 41–6 (2)   Kaizer Mabuza TKO 7 (12), 0:59 Mar 5, 2011   Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, U.S. Won vacant IBF light welterweight title
48 Win 40–6 (2)   Lucas Matthysse SD 12 Nov 6, 2010   Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, U.S. Won vacant WBO–NABO light welterweight title
47 Win 39–6 (2)   José Santa Cruz TKO 3 (10), 2:33 Jul 16, 2010   Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
46 Win 38–6 (2)   Ubaldo Hernandez TKO 2 (10), 0:35 Nov 6, 2009   Pearl Concert Theater, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
45 Win 37–6 (2)   Ernest Johnson UD 10 Nov 8, 2008   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
44 Loss 36–6 (2)   Joshua Clottey TD 9 (12), 1:12 Aug 2, 2008   Pearl Concert Theater, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For vacant IBF welterweight title;
Unanimous TD after Judah was cut from an accidental head clash
43 Win 36–5 (2)   Ryan Davis UD 12 Nov 17, 2007   Casablanca Casino, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands Won vacant IBC light middleweight title
42 Win 35–5 (2)   Edwin Vasquez UD 10 Sep 7, 2007   Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
41 Loss 34–5 (2)   Miguel Cotto TKO 11 (12), 0:49 Jun 9, 2007   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. For WBA welterweight title
40 NC 34–4 (2)   Rubén Galván NC 1 (10), 1:11 Apr 13, 2007   Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel, Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, U.S. NC after Galván was cut from an accidental elbow
39 Loss 34–4 (1)   Floyd Mayweather Jr. UD 12 Apr 8, 2006   Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost IBF welterweight title;
For vacant IBO welterweight title
38 Loss 34–3 (1)   Carlos Baldomir UD 12 Jan 7, 2006   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Lost WBC, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles
37 Win 34–2 (1)   Cosme Rivera TKO 3 (12), 2:11 May 14, 2005   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA (Undisputed), WBC, IBF, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles
36 Win 33–2 (1)   Cory Spinks TKO 9 (12), 2:49 Feb 5, 2005   Savvis Center, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. Won WBA (Undisputed), WBC, IBF, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles
35 Win 32–2 (1)   Wayne Martell TKO 1 (12), 2:08 Nov 2, 2004   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained WBO Inter-Continental welterweight title
34 Win 31–2 (1)   Rafael Pineda SD 12 May 15, 2004   Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental welterweight title
33 Loss 30–2 (1)   Cory Spinks UD 12 Apr 10, 2004   Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles
32 Win 30–1 (1)   Jaime Rangel KO 1 (12), 1:12 Dec 13, 2003   Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained WBO light welterweight title
31 Win 29–1 (1)   DeMarcus Corley SD 12 Jul 12, 2003   The Orleans, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBO light welterweight title
30 Win 28–1 (1)   Omar Gabriel Weis UD 10 Jul 13, 2002   Sam's Town Gambling Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
29 Loss 27–1 (1)   Kostya Tszyu TKO 2 (12), 2:59 Nov 3, 2001   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost IBF light welterweight title;
For WBA (Super), WBC, vacant The Ring and lineal light welterweight titles
28 Win 27–0 (1)   Allan Vester KO 3 (12), 2:58 Jun 23, 2001   Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S. Retained IBF light welterweight title
27 Win 26–0 (1)   Reggie Green TKO 10 (12), 1:29 Jan 13, 2001   Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S. Retained IBF light welterweight title
26 Win 25–0 (1)   Hector Quiroz TKO 8 (12), 1:56 Oct 20, 2000   The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S. Retained IBF light welterweight title
25 Win 24–0 (1)   Terron Millett TKO 4 (12), 2:47 Aug 5, 2000   Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S. Retained IBF light welterweight title
24 Win 23–0 (1)   Junior Witter UD 12 Jun 24, 2000   Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland Retained IBF light welterweight title
23 Win 22–0 (1)   Jan Piet Bergman KO 4 (12), 2:50 Feb 12, 2000   Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S. Won vacant IBF light welterweight title
22 Win 21–0 (1)   David Sample TKO 1 (10), 2:27 Jul 9, 1999   Cape Cod Melody Tent, Hyannis, Massachusetts, U.S.
21 Win 20–0 (1)   Juan Torres KO 1 (10), 1:26 Apr 16, 1999   Grand Casino, Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, U.S.
20 Win 19–0 (1)   Wilfredo Negron KO 4 (12), 1:44 Jan 16, 1999   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won IBF interim light welterweight title
19 Win 18–0 (1)   Darryl Tyson TKO 11 (12), 2:39 Oct 15, 1998   Hilton, Washington, D.C., U.S. Retained USBA interim light welterweight title
18 Win 17–0 (1)   Otilio Villarreal TKO 2 (10), 3:00 Jul 12, 1998   Cape Cod Melody Tent, Hyannis, Massachusetts, U.S.
17 Win 16–0 (1)   Micky Ward UD 12 Jun 7, 1998   Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S. Won vacant USBA interim light welterweight title
16 Win 15–0 (1)   Angel Beltre KO 2 (8), 2:08 Apr 14, 1998   Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.
15 NC 14–0 (1)   Esteban Flores TD 3 (8), 1:24 Mar 10, 1998   Armory, Pikesville, Maryland, U.S. Originally a TD after Flores was cut from an accidental head clash, later ruled an NC
14 Win 14–0   Steve Valdez TKO 1 (8), 3:00 Jan 17, 1998   Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
13 Win 13–0   Anthony Johnson UD 8 Dec 13, 1997   Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.
12 Win 12–0   Ricardo Vazquez TKO 1 (8), 1:35 Nov 7, 1997   Bally's Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
11 Win 11–0   Rick Edson UD 6 Oct 17, 1997   Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.
10 Win 10–0   James Salava TKO 1 (6) Oct 3, 1997   Tropicana Casino & Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
9 Win 9–0   Cesar Castro KO 1 (6) Aug 24, 1997   The Roxy, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
8 Win 8–0   Omar Vasquez UD 4 Jun 10, 1997   Travis County Expo Center, Austin, Texas, U.S.
7 Win 7–0   Troy Cain UD 6 May 4, 1997   Circus Maximus Showroom, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
6 Win 6–0   Paul Denard TKO 4 (6), 1:28 Apr 5, 1997   Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
5 Win 5–0   Chris Slaughter KO 1 (10) Feb 22, 1997   Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
4 Win 4–0   John Scalzi TKO 1 (4) Jan 24, 1997   Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
3 Win 3–0   Jose Luis Torres TKO 1 (4) Dec 14, 1996   Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
2 Win 2–0   Pablo Tejada TKO 4 (4) Oct 4, 1996   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
1 Win 1–0   Michael Johnson TKO 2 (4), 0:36 Sep 20, 1996   James L. Knight Center, Miami, Florida, U.S. Professional debut

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Lineal Welterweight Champs". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Zab Judah Profile and Bio". Canadastar Boxing. Archived from the original on 8 February 2007. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  4. ^ Smith, Timothy (February 13, 2000). "Judah Defeats Bergman for Title". The New York Times. Retrieved May 9, 2008.
  5. ^ Smith, Timothy W. (June 20, 2000). "Judah Wins in Title Defense". The New York Times. Retrieved May 9, 2008.
  6. ^ Brown, Clifton (August 5, 2000). "Judah Retains Title With Knockout of Former Champion". The New York Times. Retrieved May 9, 2008.
  7. ^ Cavanaugh, Jack (January 14, 2001). "Judah Struggles But Stops Green in 10". The New York Times. Retrieved May 9, 2008.
  8. ^ Wong, Edward (June 24, 2001). "Judah and Tszyu Win, Setting Up Unification". The New York Times. Retrieved May 9, 2008.
  9. ^ a b c Bushnell, Chris. "Tsyzu Levels Judah With One Punch". Cyber Boxing Zone. Retrieved May 10, 2008.
  10. ^ a b Frank, Gonzalez (November 5, 2001). "Sharkie's Week in Boxing: Who says nice guys never win?". East Side Boxing. Retrieved May 10, 2008.
  11. ^ "Judah Fined $75,000 And Suspended". The New York Times. December 1, 2001. Retrieved May 10, 2008.
  12. ^ Katz, Mike (April 11, 2004). "Klitschko Knocked Out; Spinks Survives". The New York Times. Retrieved May 11, 2008.
  13. ^ "Judah Takes Spinks's Title To Ruin His Homecoming". The New York Times. February 6, 2005. Retrieved May 11, 2008.
  14. ^ Brown, Clifton (May 15, 2005). "With Quick Victory, Judah Shows Belt Fits Just Fine". The New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2008.
  15. ^ a b Abramson, Mitch (January 9, 2006). "Judah Turned a Tuneup Fight at Home Into a Career Setback". The New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2008.
  16. ^ Canobbio, Bob. "Baldomir vs. Mayweather: CompuBox Pre-Fight Analyst". HBO Boxing. Retrieved May 12, 2008.
  17. ^ Gonzalez, Jr., Frank (January 6, 2006). "Carlos Baldomir Takes WBC Title From Judah!". East Side Boxing. Retrieved May 12, 2008.
  18. ^ Abramson, Mitch (January 8, 2006). "Baldomir Upsets Judah". The New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2008.
  19. ^ Lumpin, John. "Alphabet Rules". Retrieved May 12, 2008.
  20. ^ "Zab Judah vs. Cory Spinks II -". Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  21. ^ Rafael, Dan (January 26, 2006). "Judah, Mayweather to fight in Vegas on April 8". Retrieved May 13, 2008.
  22. ^ Johnson, Chuck (April 9, 2006). "Mayweather survives Judah's low blows to win IBF belt". USA Today. Retrieved May 13, 2008.
  23. ^ a b c Leanardi, Mike (April 8, 2006). "Mayweather Passes The Biggest Test of his Career". Archived from the original on March 5, 2008. Retrieved May 13, 2008.
  24. ^ a b c Brown, Clifton (April 9, 2006). "Mayweather Is Crowned, but Not Without a Fight". The New York Times. Retrieved May 15, 2008.
  25. ^ Berlin, David (May 22, 2006). "Boxing and the Law: Judah-Mayweather and Its Aftermath". The Sweet Science. Archived from the original on January 7, 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2008.
  26. ^ Eberline, Richard (April 14, 2007). "Boxing Result: Zab Judah – Ruben Galvan". Retrieved May 16, 2008.
  27. ^ a b c Rafael, Dan. "Cotto keeps crown on 11th-round knockout of Judah". Retrieved May 16, 2008.
  28. ^ Woods, Michael (June 9, 2007). "Pugilistic Pride Of P.R. Cotto Downs Zab". The Sweet Science. Retrieved May 16, 2008.
  29. ^ Rafael, Dan (September 10, 2007). "Scorecard: Witter makes bold statement by blasting out Harris". Retrieved May 16, 2008.
  30. ^ Rafael, Dan (May 8, 2008). "Judah's right arm injury forces postponement of Mosley fight". Retrieved May 16, 2008.
  31. ^ Hale, Andreas (August 2, 2008). "Clottey wins IBF 147 belt!". Archived from the original on August 22, 2008. Retrieved August 3, 2008.
  32. ^ a b c "Clottey defeats Judah to win IBF welterweight belt". Reuters. August 3, 2008. Retrieved August 3, 2008.
  33. ^ "Joshua Clottey beats Zab Judah to win vacant IBF welterweight belt". The Canadian Press. August 2, 2008. Retrieved August 3, 2008.
  34. ^ "Joshua Clottey beats Zab Judah to win vacant IBF welterweight belt". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. August 2, 2008. Retrieved August 3, 2008.
  35. ^ a b Associated Press (August 9, 2008). "Judah, Salita score unanimous decisions". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved August 9, 2008.
  36. ^ a b Rafael, Dan (August 9, 2008). "Judah revitalizes career, earns unanimous decision over Johnson". Retrieved August 9, 2008.
  37. ^ "Hernandez New Opponent for Judah". Eurosport. 2009-10-31. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  38. ^ "Zab Judah Vs Ubaldo Hernandez (K.O au 2rd) - vidéo Dailymotion". Dailymotion. 2009-11-09. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  39. ^ Wells, Peter (March 7, 2010). "Bradley vs. Abregu in June; Alexander vs. Judah later this year". Retrieved May 4, 2010.
  40. ^ Dower, Jim (March 12, 2010). "Alexander stops Urango, Zab Judah could be next – News". Retrieved May 4, 2010.
  41. ^ Reeno, Rick (May 11, 2010). "Bradley's Promoter Wonders Where Zab Judah Has Gone". Retrieved May 11, 2010.
  42. ^ Vester, Mark (May 12, 2010). "Judah Found: Says "Punk" Bradley, Alexander Will Get It". Retrieved May 12, 2010.
  43. ^ "Zab Judah Signs With Main Events, Returns in July". May 25, 2010. Retrieved May 26, 2010.
  44. ^ Rafael, Dan (June 12, 2010). "Judah moving on down to jump-start career". Retrieved June 13, 2010.
  45. ^ Jackson, Kirk (July 13, 2010). "Last Chance for Zab Judah?". Retrieved July 14, 2010.
  46. ^ Vester, Mark (July 16, 2010). "Zab Judah Stops Jose Armando Santa Cruz in Three". Retrieved July 17, 2010.
  47. ^ Wolfheimer, Kurt (July 16, 2010). "Judah destroys Santa Cruz". Retrieved July 17, 2010.
  48. ^ Songalia, Ryan (July 17, 2010). "Zab Judah "Super" Once Again, Back in The 140 Picture". Retrieved July 17, 2010.
  49. ^ Richardson, Matt (November 6, 2010). "Judah edges Matthysse". Retrieved November 7, 2010.
  50. ^ Vester, Mark (November 7, 2010). "Judah Rocked Bad, But Edges Matthysse To Win". Retrieved November 7, 2010.
  51. ^ Coppinger, Mike (November 7, 2010). "Zab Judah earns tough split decision over Lucas Matthysse". USA Retrieved November 16, 2010.
  52. ^ "Judah-Mabuza: Pernell Whitaker Helping Zab In Camp". BoxingScene. January 27, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
  53. ^ Velin, Bob (March 4, 2011). "Zab Judah continues his personal road to redemption". USA Today. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
  54. ^ Wolfheimer, Kurt (March 5, 2011). "Judah wins IBF jr welter belt". Fight News. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
  55. ^ Christ, Scott (2011-07-23). "Amir Khan Stops Zab Judah in Five Rounds". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  56. ^ "Britain's Amir Khan knocks out Zab Judah in Las Vegas". BBC Sport. 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  57. ^ "Garcia grinds out win over Judah". Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  58. ^ Christ, Scott (2013-04-27). "Results: Garcia overcomes valiant Judah". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  59. ^ "Malignaggi wins unanimous decision vs. Judah". Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  60. ^ Christ, Scott (2013-12-08). "Malignaggi blows out Judah in Battle of Brooklyn". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  61. ^ "Zab Judah to fight for first time since 2013". Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  62. ^ "Zab Judah, age 39, returns Jan. 21 with one more title shot in mind - The Ring". The Ring. 2017-01-07. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  63. ^ "Zab Judah Returns, Blasts Out Munguia in Two Rounds - Boxing News". Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  64. ^ WBN. "Zab Judah, 39, returns from three-year absence with early TKO". WBN - World Boxing News. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  65. ^ "Zab Judah Returns, Decisions Noel Rincon in Canada". Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  66. ^ "Zab Judah back in action, outpoints Noel Mejia Rincon over 10 - The Ring". The Ring. 2018-01-28. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  67. ^
  68. ^ "Cotto V Judah Bio". Live Fight. Retrieved May 18, 2008.
  69. ^ Judah, Zab "Super". Jews In Sports Online. Retrieved on 2008-05-18.
  70. ^ An Exclusive Interview with Yoel Judah Archived 2011-07-08 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2008-05-18.
  71. ^ [1], at 6:42 on May 11, 2010 HBO video on posted by fightfilms1. Retrieved 2010-06-16.
  72. ^ "Zab Judah Makes a Statement - MyBoxingFans - Boxing News". MyBoxingFans. Retrieved 2013-03-01.
  73. ^ "Zab Judah Arrested". July 26, 2007. Retrieved May 18, 2008.
  74. ^ "Zab Judah in a Fight Outside the Ring". August 3, 2007. Retrieved May 18, 2008.
  75. ^ Vester, Mark (December 10, 2007). "Fabolous' Crew Linked to Zab Judah Robberies". Retrieved May 18, 2008.
  76. ^
  77. ^ "Zab Judah Now Working as Nurses Assistant, Helping Patients". Retrieved 2018-01-28.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
Darryl Tyson
USBA light welterweight champion
Interim title

June 7, 1998 – January 16, 1999
Won IBF interim title
Title last held by
Sebastián Andrés Luján
WBO Inter-Continental
welterweight champion

May 15, 2004 – February 2005
Title next held by
Jan Zaveck
Title last held by
Paulie Malignaggi
light welterweight champion

November 6, 2010 – March 2011
Title next held by
Karim Mayfield
Minor world boxing titles
Title last held by
Michael Rask
IBC light middleweight champion
November 17, 2007 – August 2008
Title next held by
Damian Jonak
Major world boxing titles
New title IBF light welterweight champion
Interim title

January 16, 1999 – February 12, 2000
Won full title
Title next held by
Sharmba Mitchell
Title last held by
Terron Millett
IBF light welterweight champion
February 12, 2000 – November 3, 2001
Succeeded by
Kostya Tszyu
Preceded by
DeMarcus Corley
WBO light welterweight champion
July 12, 2003 – April 2004
Title next held by
Miguel Cotto
Preceded by
Cory Spinks
WBA welterweight champion
Undisputed title

February 5, 2005 – January 7, 2006
Succeeded by
Luis Collazo
as champion
WBC welterweight champion
February 5, 2005 – January 7, 2006
Succeeded by
Carlos Baldomir
IBF welterweight champion
February 5, 2005 – April 8, 2006
Succeeded by
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The Ring welterweight champion
February 5, 2005 – April 8, 2006
Succeeded by
Carlos Baldomir
Undisputed welterweight champion
February 5, 2005 – January 7, 2006
Titles fragmented
Lineal welterweight champion
February 5, 2005 – April 8, 2006
Succeeded by
Carlos Baldomir
Title last held by
Devon Alexander
IBF light welterweight champion
March 5, 2011 – July 23, 2011
Succeeded by
Amir Khan