Danny Garcia and Zab Judah were in each others' faces leading up to their Saturday clash at Barclays Center, to the extent that they were kept separate for the weigh-in Friday. They sorted it out in the ring in Brooklyn, and the fighter from Philly backed up the bravado slung by his dad and trainer, Angel, all week, with a sharp right hand which tagged the Brooklyn-born Judah hard and often.
Zab was buzzed badly in the sixth and went down in eighth. But to his immense credit, he didn't fade or shrink. In Round 10, he found a home for his left hand and had Garcia a bit wobbly. Judah couldn't finish off the young rumbler, though, and we went to the cards. The N.Y. judges did themselves justice and gave the interloper the nod by scores of 115-112, 114-112, 116-111.
After Judah said it was a great camp and that he will not hang 'em up. "I thought I did good but I thought the scores were closer than the fight actually was," he said. He said that the hoopla was sort of for show, "welcome to world championship boxing at its best."
Manhattanite Peter Quillin made the locals happy, as he took out challenger Fernando Guerrero in Round 7. He scored four knockdowns and the ref said no mas after the fourth. Guerrero was no match for the WBO middleweight champ Quillin, who truly impressed with smart craftsmanship, and a nasty right hand, on the lefty from Maryland.