Zab Judah will make his return to action on November 13, with ESPN.com reporting that he'll be facing former super featherweight titleholder Juan Carlos Salgado at The D in Las Vegas. CBS Sports Network will televise the event.
Judah, 38, has not fought since he was beaten at home in Brooklyn against Paulie Malignaggi in December 2013, and hasn't won a fight since his March 2012 thrashing of Vernon Paris. Overall, Judah is 1-3 in his last four bouts, and is arguably a more inconsistent performer than ever. While he gave Danny Garcia a good battle in April 2013, he looked outclassed against Malignaggi less than eight months later.
Now 42-9 (29 KO), Judah is more or less just hanging on to his career, as he hasn't been a serious contender in years and doesn't figure to be so again. Still, he maintains enough name recognition that a win over Salgado (26-5-1, 16 KO) could in theory catapult him into another decent payday against a legitimate fighter at 140 or 147. Someday, we may look back on Judah as a fighter who "gave the rub" to better, younger fighters for a full decade, as that has been his main use since he stunningly lost to Carlos Baldomir in 2006.
Salgado, 30, has lost four fights in a row to Argenis Mendez, Miguel Roman, Takahiro Ao, and Jairo Lopez, at 130 and 135 pounds. He also hasn't won a fight since 2012, and though he was tall for a super featherweight and has dabbled as high as 140 before, he won't be expected to seriously challenge Judah. On paper, this is Zab "getting well" against a fighter who should find himself physically outmatched in the fight.
Also returning on the card will be former two-time bantamweight titleholder Joseph Agbeko (30-5, 23 KO). The 35-year-old Agbeko returned to the ring in May of this year, beating Juanito Rubillar, in what was Agbeko's first fight since his December 2013 loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux on HBO. Agbeko has fought just three times since 2011.
Former women's flyweight titleholder Ava Knight (13-2-3, 5 KO) will fight as well, as she breaks a one-year spell of inactivity, and junior welterweight prospect Jesus Gutierrez (14-0-1, 4 KO) and super featherweight prospect Kevin Lavallee (14-0-1, 10 KO) will round out the card.