Judah, Cohen go separate ways

Former champion Zab Judah will begin his comeback on March 12 in Las Vegas. Elsa/Getty Images

Former undisputed welterweight champion and former three-time junior welterweight titleholder Zab Judah was supposed to fight on Friday night at WinnaVegas Casino & Resort in Sloan, Iowa, on promoter Greg Cohen’s CBS Sports Net boxing series. That was until he and Judah had a falling-out a few weeks ago.

Both promoter and fighter are moving on.

Judah pulled out of the show on which he was supposed to face Virgil Green in a 10-round junior welterweight fight. Cohen, who had signed Judah last year with the hope he could help him reignite his fading career, eventually released him after their failed tenure together.

Cohen tried to promote multiple fights for Judah (42-9, 29 KOs), 38, of Brooklyn, New York, who has not boxed since a decision loss to Paulie Malignaggi in a December 2013. Both bouts Cohen tried to put on for Judah got canceled.

One, a September bout in Westbury, New York, was canceled after Judah and opponent Hevinson Herrera got into a scuffle at the weigh-in and Herrera suffered an injury. Another fight, in November at The D in Las Vegas, was also canceled a week before the fight when they could not agree on an opponent when the original one dropped out.

Judah has a new fight lined up. He will headline a March 12 card that is supposed to kick off The D’s new monthly Knockout Night at the outdoor Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, which is across the street from the casino and was supposed to be the site of Judah’s November bout.

Judah will face Josh Torres (15-4-2, 7 KOs), of Albuquerque, New Mexico, in a scheduled 10-round bout, the casino and promoter Roy Englebrecht announced on Tuesday.

In the eight-round co-feature, Las Vegas lightweight Jesus "Chuy" Gutierrez (14-0-1, 4 KOs) will take on St. Louis native Leon Spinks III (11-3-1, 7 KOs), the grandson of former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks.

Television coverage for the card is to be announced.

Even with Judah off his card, Cohen’s show will go on as scheduled Friday night with middleweight John Vera (12-0, 7 KOs) headlining in a 10-rounder against journeyman Ayi Bruce (23-12, 15 KOs), who is 3-9 in his past 12 fights and loser of three in a row.

Also on the card, fringe lightweight contender Tony Luis (20-3, 7 KOs) will face Samuel Amoako (21-7, 15 KOs), who has dropped three fights in a row.