WBC light-welterweight champion, Danny Garcia (25-0-0, 16 knockouts), defeated Erik Morales for the second time on Oct. 20, and his next fight will be against another aging veteran, Zab Judah (42-7-0, 29 knockouts).
The fight between the two is currently set for Jan. 19, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., but the venue is still subject to change. Garcia’s WBC and WBA light-welterweight titles will be on the line when they square up.
“The deal has been finalized,” Golden Boy Promotions CEO, Richard Schafer, said during a conversation with Boxingscene.com. “It’s going to be January 19th on Showtime. It’s going to be part of a tripleheader, possibly a quadruple-header, but for sure a tripleheader. Peter Quillin is going to be on the card as well. We are finalizing everything. I am holding the Barclays Center. I think anywhere [that fight] will be in the Tri-state area, it will do big numbers, but obviously my first choice is Barclays.”
Given the how impressive Garcia looked during his last outing against Morales, it’s a little surprising he’s decided to take things easy. Many in the boxing community were hoping to see Garcia test his skills against the likes of Mike Alvarado or Lucas Matthysse.
Once upon a time, Judah was a top contender, but he seems to be past his prime. Zab suffered an embarrassing knockout loss to Amir Khan — who Danny knocked out earlier in the year — in 2011, so he’ll definitely have his hands full against Garcia.
Judah is as popular as some of Garcia’s other options, so it does give the WBC light-welterweight champion an opportunity to add another win against a well-recognized opponent to his record, while minimizing the risk to his reign.
With Peter Quillin also fighting on the same fight card, against an opponent yet to be determined, Judah and Garcia should be able to draw a decent amount of boxing fans, and there’s a slim chance a competitive fight will break out if Judah brings his A-game.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.