Zab Judah has been counted out many times over his career, and often with good reason. The 35-year-old Brooklyn native has often failed in bigger fights, while looking spectacular against lesser foes. For Judah, talent has never been in question. It has been commitment, drive, and, quite frankly, heart.
When the chips are down, will Judah rise to the occasion? He gets another chance on April 27, when he faces WBC and WBA junior welterweight titlist Danny Garcia, and Judah has a familiar tone: He's changed, he's different, and he's going to prove the skeptics wrong.
"I'm a changed man for real. I don't party, I don't drink, I don't smoke," said Judah, who relocated to Las Vegas in 2007. "For the most part I live a militant life; I live a fighter lifestyle. This is one of the reasons why Bernard Hopkins can be 48 years old and still be terrific in these fights. It's something that I may have picked up late, but hey, I'm locked and loaded and ready to go."
Judah (42-7, 29 KO) is a former titleholder at 140 and 147 pounds, has had numerous big fights over his career, and remains a fighter with some name value. He also does have a chance in this fight, without question. Judah hasn't lost much by way of skill -- his speed is still there, he has the same power, he moves around well, his reflexes seem as solid as ever. It's all about how much adversity Judah can take and what he'll do when the going gets tough. That has always been the story of Zab's career.
Do you think he might pull off the upset, or will he again come up short in a big fight?