Danny Garcia-Zab Judah now April 27

Updated: January 28, 2013, 10:39 AM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Unified junior welterweight titlist Danny Garcia hurt his rib in training and has postponed his Feb. 9 title defense against former titleholder Zab Judah.

"I have a rib injury. It's postponed," Garcia told ESPN.com in a text message on Sunday.

Garcia was due to make his third title defense. The fight was set to take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. -- Judah's hometown -- in the main event of a Showtime-televised card.

The card will be postponed to April 27 at the Barclays, Golden Boy promoter Richard Schaefer told ESPN.com.

Judah appeared in an interview on Showtime's Lucas Matthysse-Michael Dallas Jr. fight broadcast on Saturday night and gave no indication that the fight with Garcia was in jeopardy. Showtime continued to promote the fight throughout its broadcast.

But on Sunday, Garcia said he was injured, and Judah also told ESPN.com that he found out the fight was off, even though neither Golden Boy Promotions nor Showtime had notified him.

Later Sunday, Garcia went into detail with ESPN.com, saying he injured a rib on his left side during a sparring session with former titleholder DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley on Jan. 19.

"I didn't even really feel it until we were done," Garcia said. "But then I felt pain in my side and then when I was cooling down I couldn't raise my hands over my head. I had a real sharp pain and I couldn't really breathe. I went to the doctor and had an X-ray, and the doctor said I have a bruised rib, a wall contusion."

According to Garcia, the doctor said he would be out for four to six weeks, though Garcia said he tried to work through the injury this past week.

"But the pain was really severe. I couldn't even sleep," Garcia said.

Garcia said he did not train at all last Monday or Tuesday and started to run after that but was still in pain.

"Every time I breathed hard, I felt like I was being stabbed," Garcia said. "I talked to my manager (Al Haymon) and said, 'Give me until Saturday, and if I can spar, I'll do the fight.' But I wasn't mobile enough. It was tender and hurting and I couldn't do it. I didn't want to go into a big fight with a bad rib. There's a lot to lose. So it's best to listen to the doctor. I'll give it a few weeks and hopefully I'll be back in there in April. I'm still fighting Judah. I still want to fight him. I'll still give Judah his butt whipping."

Added Angel Garcia, Danny's father and trainer: "Better to be safe than sorry. We don't want him 70 percent. We want him 100 percent. We don't want no excuses, so the best decision was to postpone the fight to another date when Danny is 100 percent."

Schaefer said fans with tickets for Feb. 9 will be able to use them on April 27 or can get a refund.

The Garcia-Judah undercard is supposed to include middleweight titlist "Kid Chocolate" Peter Quillin (28-0, 20 KOs) in his first defense against Fernando Guerrero (25-1, 19 KOs) in the televised co-feature.

Also slated for the undercard is middleweight Daniel Jacobs (24-1, 21 KOs), who is from Brooklyn, against former title challenger Billy Lyell (24-11, 5 KOs), and a junior middleweight bout between Brooklyn's Dmitriy Salita (35-1-1, 18 KOs) and Hector Camacho Jr. (54-5-1, 29 KOs).

On Oct. 20, Philadelphia's Garcia (25-0, 16 KOs), 24, knocked out Erik Morales of Mexico in spectacular fashion in the fourth round of their rematch in the main event in the first card to be held at the new Barclays Center. Garcia-Judah was due to headline the arena's second fight card.

Garcia-Judah had sparked significant interest because of what happened on Dec. 1 at the kickoff news conference at a steak house in Manhattan, where Judah and Angel Garcia nearly came to blows, causing a near riot. Judah had taken exception to the lengthy denigrating comments Angel Garcia made about Judah's career when it was Garcia's turn to speak at the podium, and Judah stood up to confront the trainer and quiet him down.

Judah (42-7, 29 KOs), 35, a three-time junior welterweight titleholder and the former undisputed welterweight champion, and Angel Garcia had be separated as people in the crowd -- mainly from Judah's entourage -- rushed the podium. There was pushing and cursing, and it took nearly 15 minutes to restore order.