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Friday, September 13, 2013
Judah on Garcia-Matthysse

By Dan Rafael

LAS VEGAS -- If there is anyone with a noteworthy perspective on the Danny Garcia-Lucas Matthysse junior welterweight championship fight -- the much-anticipated co-feature of the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Canelo Alvarez card on Saturday night (Showtime PPV, 9 ET) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena -- it is Zab Judah.

Judah, the former undisputed welterweight champ and three-time junior welterweight titleholder, has faced both of them, beating Matthysse by disputed split decision in 2010 and losing a competitive unanimous decision to Garcia in an April world title fight. Both fighters knocked Judah down in entertaining fights.

Like virtually all of Golden Boy's fighters, Judah is in town this week for the big show and I caught up with him on Thursday in the media center.

Having gone 12 rounds with both Garcia (26-0, 16 KOs) and Matthysse (34-2, 32 KOs), I asked Judah (42-8, 29 KOs) for his view of the fight.

"Danny is a better boxer, Lucas is a bigger puncher and on defense it's 50-50, but it will come down to one thing," Judah said. "Lucas has great timing. He knows how to time you and connect with his right hand. Lucas is definitely stronger than Danny and really knows how to time his shots.

"There's not going to be any running in this fight. Somebody is going to get dealt with. I think it has a 50-50 feeling to it."

Judah said he couldn't pick a winner but did make one thing clear -- he'd like a rematch with the winner.

"Absolutely," he said. "You know what I'm about. I want the big fights and to fight the best guys. So a rematch is something I'd like to do and I think the fans would like that too."

It is probably unlikely that Judah will get that rematch, at least in his next fight, so Judah probably will return Dec. 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. on a Showtime card in the works that would be headlined by welterweight titlist Devon Alexander against Amir Khan. Judah said if he can't get a rematch with the Garcia-Matthysse winner, a fight with the Alexander-Khan winner would be his next choice.

Judah doesn't have an opponent yet for the potential Dec. 7 card but Golden Boy promoter Richard Schaefer would like to match him with former titlist Paulie Malignaggi in a battle of Brooklyn natives. Malignaggi is not as interested as Judah is, according to Judah and Schaefer, so Judah probably will fight somebody else instead.