He's 34, and his supply of chances are not infinite. Zab Judah is no longer the hungry young lion, the champ with tremendous longterm upside, or even a comebacking vet on the hunt for previous success. The Brownsville-bred boxer, who now calls Vegas home, is a survivor coming off a stinging loss, to Amir Khan in July (KO5), and he'll have to beat Vernon Paris on March 24 at the Aviator Center in Brooklyn, and look decent doing it, if he doesn't want to get transferred into the "tester" bin. If Judah (41-7; former junior welter and welter champ) doesn't want to be the guy who is fed to today's hungry young lions, he'll have to show more zest for combat than he did against Khan; Judah went down off a borderline low shot, and was counted out. He cried foul, in the ring and in weeks after, but he'll have better luck at convincing the fans and decision makers that he still has it by taking out the 26-0 Paris, who is based in Detroit.
The fight is an IBF eliminator, so the winner will be named to No. 1 contender at welterweight.
Tickets for the bout, which will take place at the Aviator Sports and Event Center, located at Floyd Bennett Field, are priced at $200, $100 and $75 and may be purchased by calling Peltz Boxing, (215) 765-0922, or online through www.peltzboxing.com.
The bout will be televised as part of the new Fight Night Boxing Series on the NBC Sports Network. The non-televised undercard fights will begin at 7:30 p.m., the NBC Sports Network Fight Night broadcast will begin at 10 p.m. ET on Mar 24th.