Zab Judah may soon be back on another comeback trail as Elisinio Castillo of Boxing Scene is reporting that the former junior welterweight/welterweight champion could return to face Johan Perez. Perez recently defeated the formerly unbeaten Yoshihiro Kamegai to win the WBA International title in June. However, according to the article, the move to 147 was only planned as temporary. In January, Perez also won a close decision over Steve Forbes, a fighter who seems to have more bad luck than the kids in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (just not on the same scale). In Perez's other notable fight, he lost to Pablo Cesar Cano on a seventh round technical decision last year.
Perez is not some world-beater but he is solid enough to not fold from the first good punch that Judah lands. It's potentially an OK bout for Judah after losing a tough fight to Danny Garcia which saw him get off the canvas and show the spunk we had been waiting to see all along. Maybe Judah has finally found a way to dig a little deeper now.
His performance in the Garcia fight has probably guaranteed him yet another shot at the big-time. And, let's not forget, he does own a win over Lucas Matthysse. Whichever way one scored it, it was a very close fight and Judah has a much more legitimate claim to a "W" over Matthysse than Devon Alexander does. It's not out of the realm of possibility that "The Machine" would want to have his revenge at some point.
Bottom line: Judah, ranked eighth at junior welterweight by BLH, remains relevant for the time being, and this could be his comeback fight before something bigger.