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Zab Judah plans to return June 1 in Russia, talks Porter-Malignaggi fight

Former 140- and 147-pound champ Zab Judah says he's going to prepare soon for a June 1 trip to Russia, where he'll fight on Alexander Povetkin's undercard.

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Zab Judah, 36, is coming off of back-to-back losses in 2013 to Danny Garcia and Paulie Malignaggi, but the Brooklyn-born ex-champion isn't looking to hang up the gloves any time soon, as he says he's preparing to return in June with a trip to Russia. In recent years, we've seen a market in Russia for faded American stars, such as Roy Jones Jr and Nate Campbell.

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On his next fight: "We're back at it June 1st. I think I'm gonna go a doubleheader in Russia with Povetkin. Povetkin's going to fight. I don't know who yet, but we're looking to make a big impact and stay focused. Just keep doing what we've got to do, and that's it."

On whether or not he was at his best against Malignaggi: "I ain't gotta say it, the world's gonna say it. Everybody that knows Zab and knows how I get down, and knows my situation, 18 years strong in the game, you have ups and downs in life. This is why I became the five-time champ of the world, because I've been able to show you can go down, but you can come back."

On how he feels physically: "My body feels fresh. I still feel great. I'm blessed."

On Porter vs Malignaggi: "It's gonna be a good fight. Paulie can box, Shawn's gonna bring it, he's gonna bring the pressure. It should be very interesting in how the outcome turns out. But I wish both of those guys success and wish them the best."

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