Zab Judah is disappointed that Danny Garcia has been pulled from a Feb. 9 faceoff at Barclays, his father-trainer Yoel Judah told ESPN New York, but the boxer still wants a piece of Garcia.
The father told us that he wants to see a doctor's note to prove that the 24 year-old from Philly is actually injured, and shared his skepticism about the circumstances that forced the change in plans. (A late morning call to Angel Garcia, the trainer-father of Danny, was not returned.)
"I think he's not hurt, he's not in shape," Yoel told NYFightblog. "He's young, 24, you can't hurt that boy. I think he heard Zab is in shape. Zab can beat anybody right now." ESPN's Dan Rafael Tweeted at 2 PM Sunday that he learned that Garcia "has a rib problem."
Yoel said it is up to Zab, but that it makes the most sense to simply push the fight to March 9, when Bernard Hopkins takes on Tavoris Cloud at Barclays.
Would he sign off on a substitute opponent for Zab -- like a Lucas Matthysse, who lost a split decision to Judah in November 2010 -- and keep the February slot alive? He'd consider it, he said, but a re-set to March 9 is the top option for Team Judah.
PS: Reader Mike Rupp pointed out a "duh" fact that muddies the mix--the March 9 show will run on HBO, while the Feb. 9 card will run on Showtime. Yeah, the venue and promoter are the same for each date, but not the presenter....Could we see how a Showtime fight gets added to an HBO card? Er, no.
I don't recall a precedent for that. Do any readers?