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Saturday, March 9, 2013
Judah: I'm rooting for Zab Judah April 27

By Michael Woods

Zab Judah was around at Barclays Center after the weigh-in between Bernard Hopkins and Tavoris Cloud on Friday. He offered a prediction in Saturday's main event: “I’m rooting for Zab Judah April 27.”

Do you like Hopkins to get it done?

“I like to watch boxing,” he said.

If you were expecting Judah, the Brownsville native who lives in Las Vegas, to show some love for the 48-year-old Hopkins, he didn't. Judah isn’t in a Philly-loving mood right now, as he’s taking on junior welterweight titlist Danny Garcia of Philadelphia at Barclays on April 27. Hopkins was also born in Philadelphia, so it may come as a surprise that Judah didn’t say he was rooting for Cloud.

Judah said he is heading back to Las Vegas on Sunday, and made it clear that training in warmer climes makes more sense to him. He’ll be back in New York for fight week.

He turned down a home cooked meal from an old friend, who said his mom was cooking up a feast, and invited Judah to partake.

“When you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready,” the 42-7 hitter said.

He invited Frank Galarza, who fights at Barclays tonight, to come train at the Judah Brothers Gym on Liberty Ave. in east New York, and then headed off with his crew.

Readers, do you think the five-time world titlist can do it again, and topple the 24-year-old Garcia?