Exactly one month away from his son's fight against Paulie Malignaggi, Yoel Judah is telling us that we are going to be seeing the Zab Judah of ten years ago, and also hints that he feels the fight will not go the distance.
In a report from Boxing Scene's Ryan Burton, Yoel claims that Zab is in top condition already despite the fight still being a month away. He sounds awfully confident and also thinks Paulie knows the outcome of the fight because "Paulie already know what it gonna be".
"It is going to be a good fight for as long as it lasts. Zab is in tremendous shape. He has a lot of confidence, he has his old Pops back in the corner. I shut it down. Paulie already know what it gonna be. Listen man we are going to do what we gotta do in this fight. We ain't taking no prisoners.
"You are going to see the old Zab from like 10 years. The old Zab who threw punches in bunches with all the slick movement. You're going to see the whole package.
"This fight will go as long as it lasts. That's all I'm going to say. He has never been hit by someone this fast, who hits this hard and this quick with this type of pressure."
Despite his lack of punching power, Malignaggi has never been an easy man to stop. Only two boxers, Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan, have been able to get Paulie out of there, and each time he was still on his feet. It's a testament to his skill and toughness that he has went the distance so many times in his career.
Recently, Malignaggi went the distance with Adrien Broner in Broner's first foray into the welterweight division. Broner via TKO was a popular pick, but the undefeated Cincinnati star couldn't get the job done and wound up taking home a close decision victory that some fans thought Malignaggi deserved. If Paulie had not have been so effective in that bout, it's unlikely he would be getting this opportunity against Judah.
And speaking of looking good in defeat, Judah did just that when he lost to Danny Garcia this past spring. Judah's gallant stand and unwillingness to break against the world's top junior welterweight showed he still has some spunk left. Garcia's follow-up win over Lucas Matthysse only served to make Judah's performance even more impressive.
Judah and Malignaggi, each from Brooklyn, will main-event a Showtime card live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on December 7.