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Zab Judah slated for September 10 tune-up return fight

Zab Judah will be back in the ring in a couple of weeks, as he attempts to get his career going yet again.

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

Zab Judah was once considered one of the best fighters in the sport, and now the former two-division titleholder is simply looking to hang on. Judah, 37, will return to the ring on September 10 in his first fight with Greg Cohen Promotions, facing Colombian club fighter Hevinson Herrera in Westbury, New York.

Judah (42-9, 29 KO) hasn't fought since his December 2013 loss to Paulie Malignaggi in what was billed as the "Battle of Brooklyn" at the Barclays Center, a Showtime main event fight. He hasn't won a fight since March 2012, when he looked very sharp in a dominant defeat of Vernon Paris. He's 1-3 in his last four fights, with losses to Danny Garcia and Amir Khan, as well.

At this point in his career, Judah is a known quantity, but also remains strangely inconsistent. Against Malignaggi, Judah looked flat. Against Garcia, also in defeat, he was surprisingly valiant, coming back from an eighth round knockdown to give Garcia problems down the stretch en route to the decision defeat.

There is some arguing that the Garcia fight may have been about all Judah had left to give. That could explain his mediocre performance against Malignaggi.

Herrera (18-11-1, 12 KO) is a 31-year-old fighter whose record isn't even as good as it looks, not that it looks good. He was knocked out in three in his last fight against Gilberto Gonzalez, and he's lost to every remotely decent fighter he's ever faced. None of his 18 wins have come against a quality opponent. He's 18-0-1 in Colombia, 0-11 elsewhere.

Also featured on the card will be Amanda Serrano, another Brooklyn native, as well as Queens' Joe Greene, as the former middleweight prospect is beginning a rebuilding attempt.

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