Sunday, April 28, 2013
Danny Garcia vs Zab Judah Full Boxing Fight Video Replay
Unbeaten Danny Garcia retained his World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council light welterweight world titles Saturday with a 12-round unanimous decision over Zab Judah.
Garcia knocked down Judah in the eighth round en route to his 26th victory in as many fights, with 16 wins inside the distance.
The three judges at ringside scored it 114-112, 115-112, and 116-111 for Garcia.
“Whoo! It was a hell of a fight, man,” said the champion, who survived Judah’s fierce surge in the last three rounds to earn the decision.
After a build-up to the bout marked by ill-will between the fighters, the champion came out strong, moving forward against veteran southpaw Judah to control the early rounds.
Garcia stepped it up in the fifth, staggering Judah with a right to the jaw.
Garcia continued to apply the pressure in the sixth. He hurt Judah with another right, but the experienced challenger kept his cool, making good use of strategic clinches and continuing to punch, even though he didn’t appear to be hurting the champion.
Judah, a former champion who fell to 42-8, had just unleashed one of his best punches of the night, a left in the eighth round, when Garcia answered with a straight right that sent Judah to the canvas.
Judah finished the round with a gash under his left eye that prompted an examination by the ringside doctor.
Judah, a Brooklyn native buoyed by the support of fans at the New York City borough’s Barclays Center, turned the tables in the 10th and 11th. The 12th saw the bloodied combatants going toe-to-toe until the bell, when they exchanged smiles and a brief embrace.
“I came to Brooklyn, I had to beat the Brooklyn guy in his hometown,” Garcia said. “I knew he was never going to give up.”
Garcia, whose previous beaten foes include former world champion Amir Khan of Britain and Mexico’s Erik Morales, called Judah the “craftiest, strongest guy” he’s fought so far.
“He’s a crafty veteran with power, we knew that,” Garcia said. “But I’m a true champion. I’ve got to fight through the storm in order to be a champion and I proved that tonight.”
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