Tony Dodson returns to the ring on June 4. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Judah Still Wants 50-50 Deal, No UK TV Rights
Zab Judah told Steve Kim that all he wants is 50-50 to face Amir Khan. I know some feel he doesn't deserve it, but frankly he does, and business-wise (since we're just talking business), it makes no sense that he doesn't. Judah, as he says, has a belt same as Khan. Judah is a bigger U.S. star than Khan, even faded. Khan, as Kim notes, saw his last "big fight" in the States draw 3,195 in Las Vegas against Marcos Maidana. Judah is, quite frankly, the bigger star for the moment. If they fight, that could change over the duration of the fight. And he's not even asking for the UK TV money that Khan and Golden Boy made a show of "offering" Tim Bradley.
"They're talking about foreign sales and all that; alright, keep all that bullsh*t. I just want the American rights, 50/50, a regular split and that's it. You keep all your U.K. bullsh*t. I want everyone to know this deal is not me. It's not me that's not making this fight happen. I don't want nobody saying, 'Oh, Zab Judah don't want to fight Amir Khan.' Amir Khan can't beat me! He can't beat me! A good Zab Judah, a bad Zab Judah, there's no way he can beat me- he can't! He just came out of the Olympics a couple years ago. I turned professional at 18 years old. I've been doing this. I'm a five-time champ of the world. I don't know what he's talking about."
While Judah's boasting about turning pro at 18 while Khan went to the Olympics is, um, interesting -- you know, considering Judah tried to go to the Olympics and was prevented by David Diaz -- he really isn't being old egotistical Zab here, in my opinion. 50-50 for the fight makes sense. Judah also suspects that Golden Boy will, in the end, stay in-house for a cheaper option in Robert Guerrero or Erik Morales.
DiBella Signs Ajose Olusegun
Lou DiBella has signed Nigerian-born, UK-based junior welterweight Ajose Olusegun to a contract as Olusegun starts making his way into contention with the WBC. Olusegun (29-0, 14 KO) is a legit fighter, but fighting at domestic level in the UK, we haven't seen him really spread his wings, or have to, just yet. He faces Ali Chebah in a WBC eliminator on July 5.
- The ill-advised third fight between Johnny Tapia and Frankie Archuleta is off. Archuleta failed his medical with a detached retina. They were to fight on June 4.
- Humberto Soto is in training for his June 25 fight against Motoki Sasaki.
- Tony Dodson returns on June 4 in Wales, on the Gavin Rees vs Andy Murray undercard.
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