Brooklyn, New York’s brand new Barclay’s Center will host the return of hometown boy Zab Judah, as he boxes undefeated Danny Garcia for Garcia’s WBA and WBC light Welterweight titles. Despite the feel good nature of Judah’s return to his native Brooklyn and th hot buzz of a new venue to host big time boxing in NYC, the match at the books sees Garcia a massive favorite at over 6 to 1. Let’s take a look….
Right now, BETDSI.COM has Garcia at -625, with th comeback on Judah at +475, and this would seem to be in the neighborhood.
Garcia is coming off a very good year in 2012, going 3-0 and raising his profile while collecting titles. He won a UD over certain hall of famer Erik Morales, then he derailed the career of Amir Khan by re-exposing the Brit’s glass head.
The first fight with Morales was considered a signal that the aging veteran had something left in the tank. Garcia re-matched Morales and emphatically KO’d him in the 4th round to send the Mexican into retirement.
He will be looking to do the same to Judah. The 24 year old Garcia is looking to break into the bigger money fights and stay there, and Judah is a well recognized name that is at the end of his career as well.
Judah at 35 years old, still has a fine record of 42-7 overall, and he has faced top flight competition throughout most of his career. He has looked past his prime in his most recent outtings. In July of 2011, Judah also fought Amir Khan, but he was not able to overcome the advantages of speed and length that Khan had. Judah was stopped in the 5th round by an uppercut Judah would claim was a low blow. No one else agreed with that assessment, but most experts felt that Judah’s best days are behind him.
Judah last fought in March of 2012, when he took out previously unbeaten Vernon Paris by TKO in the 9th, also in Brooklyn.
The question is, will home cooking be enough to save Judah. Common thinking is no, as Paris, though undefeated, is no Danny Garcia. Unless your in love with Judah as the underdog, there is no reason to think Garcia will stumble in this fight.
The undercard features undefeated (28-0) Peter Quillin facing 25-1 Fernando Guerrero and also has a match slated for Hector Camacho Jr, the son of the recently deceased Hector Camacho. keep an eye out at the books for all these lines to pop up this week.