Danny Garcia vs. Zab Judah Preview April 27
Danny Garcia will be putting his WBA and WBC junior welterweight championships on the line at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday April 27 when he takes on former champion Zab Judah in Judah’s hometown. Judah is now 35 years old, but the southpaw is still a slick boxer who could give the champion some trouble.
Garcia became one of the division’s most popular boxers after beating Mexican ring legend Erik Morales by decision and then and knocked out former WBA titleholder Amir Khan of England last summer. Garcia then stopped Morales in their rematch. The Philadelphia fighter is undefeated as a pro with a record of 25-0 along with 16 Kos. Garcia is exciting and explosive and will be tough for Judah to overcome.
Judah has a mark of 42-7 with 29 Kos and is on a bit of a hot streak as he’s won six fights and lost just once since late 2008. His lone defeat came at the hands of Khan who stopped him in the summer of 2011. He’s beaten some good boxers during his streak such as Lucas Matthysse and Vernon Paris. Judah has a ton of experience, but his chin is still questionable.
Garcia seems to be the total package since he has power, speed and confidence and will be utilizing all of his skills to prevent Judah from picking up the sixth world championship of his career. Judah definitely has more experience than the champion, but experience is based on the past and while it will come in handy up to a point; it won’t win Judah the fight. He’s going to have to win most of the rounds against Garcia to take his titles or stun him with power.
Judah’s power may actually be underrated, but stopping Garcia’s probably the last thing on his mind. He’s more likely going to try to outbox the champion with his slick skills. Judah is considered to be more of a defensive boxer while Garcia is more aggressive and likes to press the action. Garcia likes to throw power shots instead of jabbing and proving how good of a boxer he is. If he does this Judah will need to pick up the pace and throw more punches than he’s accustomed to.
Judah will have to use his right jab and combinations to keep Garcia at bay and off balance. He’s got the speed to do this and can throw punches from many different angles. If the former champion relies on his defensive skills only he’s not going to have much success when it comes to the judges’ scoring. He’s going to have to fight rather than try to survive. He’ll need to nail Garcia and then get out of range as he doesn’t want to get into a slugging match.
Judah needs to make sure he doesn’t waste his energy by throwing accurate punches. If he can utilize his speed, footwork and jab he could frustrate Garcia early in the fight. Since his chin is a bit suspect though, he could eventually get caught with a clean shot and hit the deck. He could even get up, but it’s going to be hard for Judah to win this fight unless he puts on a masterful boxing performance. It’s possible, but it’s more probable that Garcia retains his belts by a decision with a knockdown along the way.
Sportsbook 5dimes.eu has the latest odds of a Judah win at +415 and a Garcia victory at -525. Visit 5Dimes.eu to see up to date odds and to bet on this fight. You should also check out our recent boxing betting predictions to see how we’ve done of late capping the fights.