Zab Judah happy with homecoming win over Vernon Paris but claims knockout could have happened early

28 Mar

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Zab Judah teekayoed Vernon Paris in the main event of their IBF super lightweight eliminator on March 24 at the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, New York, securing himself a referee’s stoppage in a victory he believes could have been notched earlier had it not been for survival tactics employed by his opponent.

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Judah could now face Peterson v Khan II winner. Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

Judah’s domination began in the opening round as he staggered the erstwhile undefeated 140lber. The hurtful blows occurred again in the second and, in the sixth, Paris began boxing with unsteady legs before finding himself trapped in the corner in the ninth, taking 11 power shots flush.

His inability to defend himself was enough to prompt the referee – Steve Willis – to withdraw him from the bout but: “[Paris] was in survival mode,” Judah noted in what he perceives to be a cause for a late, rather than early, finish. “It would have been an earlier [win] as he [was just trying to survive] so I had to use my jab and not get unfocused.”

Judah could now see himself positioned into a rematch with Amir Khan, or an intriguing stylistic match-up with current WBA/IBF unified super lightweight world champion Lamont Peterson, depending on the outcome of their toss-up tussle later this year.

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