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Zab Judah ready to put on hometown show
If you let Zab Judah tell the story, his feud with Danny Garcia was started by someone else. In fact, Judah referred to Garcia as “quiet” and “such a church mouse” that people don’t know who he is.
Judah (42-7, 29 KOs) will take on Garcia (25-0, 16 KOs) for the latter’s WBA and super WBC and Ring Magazine 140-pound title on Saturday at the Barclays Center.
"We just left the gym together. Did I say anything to Danny? Did Danny and I have any words? Not one,” Judah said during the final press conference. “[Garica’s father and trainer] Angel [Garcia] was the one that started this. He's the one that called me all the names and was talking loud and starting trouble like he always does.”
The fight represents another chance for Judah to keep his name amongst boxing’s elite. Garcia surprised many in the boxing world with his fourth-round knockout of Amir Khan last July. Khan, incidentally, scored a fifth-round knockout of Judah in July of 2011.
That’s all in the past, according to Judah. Judah expects his hometown to come out in support of him on Saturday.
"If you go to a Bernard Hopkins fight in Philadelphia, the whole city comes out. If you go to a fight in Los Angeles for Oscar [De La Hoya], the whole city comes out,” Judah said.
"He's [Danny Garcia] going to sleep. This isn't a game. Welcome to Brooklyn. This is my home.”
Saturday will mark just the second time Judah has fought in Brooklyn. He scored a ninth-round TKO of previously undefeated Vernon Paris in an IBF 140-pound eliminator bout at the Aviator Sports Complex on March 24, 2012.
"Saturday night, you're going to see the best Zab Judah,” he added. “The guy you all fell in love with and the reason why you all know me is back. The hand speed, the power, the defense...it's all here and ready to go.”
Judah is going to need all the strength he can muster to stop a hungry Garcia, the 25-year-old Philadelphia native who has recent wins over Erik Morales (twice), Khan and Kendall Holt.
Garcia didn’t have much to say about or to Judah.
"I don't have to talk, because I know I can fight,” he said. “When the people come to watch me, they know they're going to see either one of the best 12 round fights or the best knockout of the year.”