Danny Garcia vs. Zab Judah

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2013-04-27 : Danny Garcia 139¾ lbs beat Zab Judah 140 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12

Danny Garcia floored Zab Judah in the eighth round and held on late to retain his WBA and WBC light welterweight titles and push his unbeaten streak to 26 fights.

The challenger was in a bit of trouble in the fifth round when a straight right hand from Garcia caused Judah's legs to buckle. Judah was staggered again just a minute into the sixth, but was able to gather himself enough to keep his feet.

The lone knockdown came in Round 8 when a counter right hand from Garcia slipped through Judah's guard and put him on his backside for a three count. The punch also opened a big gash under Judah's left eye.

Judah came on strong, however, over the last three rounds and hurt Garcia with a left hand in the tenth. In the eleventh, following a break to retie Judah's shoe, the two men traded power punches, highlighted by a right hook from the challenger. A clash of heads in the final seconds opened a small cut on Garcia's hairline.

Another bad clash in round twelve opened a cut above Judah's left eye and an inch-long, vertical cut in the center of Garcia's forehead that bled down over his face.

With the win, Garcia was expected to meet the winner of Lamont Peterson and Lucas Matthysse which was scheduled for May 18th.


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  • Danny Garcia 25-0 (16 KOs) vs. Zab Judah 42-7 (29 KOs)
  • Garcia entered as the jr. welterweight champion of the world according to The Ring Magazine. Judah, a 4-to-1 betting underdog, was ranked as the #4 jr. welterweight contender by the same publication. [1]
  • It was the first fight for Judah in over 13 months following his one-sided defeat of Vernon Paris (26-0). Garcia was six months removed from his fourth-round knockout of Erik Morales (52-8).
  • It was the 19th world-title appearance for the 35-year-old Judah.

Purses: Garcia - $1.5 Million


  • "It was a hell of a fight. He's a crafty veteran with power. He hit me with a good shot in the eleventh, but I'm a true champion. Judah's the most craftiest and strongest fighter I've fought so far." - Danny Garcia in the post-fight interview
  • "It's boxing. You win some, you lose some. Danny Garcia is a young, tough fighter. I was on my a-game tonight and we had a great training camp. You'll see me come back again." Zab Judah in the post-fight interview