Former junior welterweight and welterweight champion Zab Judah has signed a new deal with Golden Boy Promotions, which will officially co-promote him with his own company, Super Judah Promotions. The fact that Super Judah Promotions has never really done anything is irrelevant and shouldn't be discussed.
Anyway, the real deal here is that Judah is now officially with Golden Boy, which means he won't be facing anyone from Top Rank's stable, and he won't be fighting on HBO. The 35-year-old Judah is getting toward the end of his career, and hasn't scored a really significant win in years. On the other hand, he had a great effort in a really good fight against Danny Garcia in April, showing a resilience and toughness that had often been lacking in his previous losses.
"Super Judah Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions working together is phenomenal," said Judah (42-8, 29 KO). "I have been doing business with Golden Boy Promotions for a number of years, working both with them and against them and I know what it's like to be on both sides. Through those times, I see that we are a perfect fit. This joint venture will give me the experience I need as a promoter and get me the big fights I want at this point of my career."
This is certainly a change in attitude from April, when Judah tore into Oscar De La Hoya after feeling disrespected by De La Hoya and Golden Boy at a press conference for his fight with Garcia. Richard Schaefer, the true head of GBP, says he's very happy to be working with the veteran.
"I am very happy to welcome Zab to the Golden Boy team," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "He is without question not only one of the most exciting fighters in boxing, but he also has tremendous name recognition with reaches into the general market. In his thrilling fight against Danny Garcia, Zab showed that he belongs in the absolute top level of the sport. I am looking forward to be working with Zab and his team and have him participate in the biggest fights in the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions."