Zab Judah signs with Golden Boy

Updated: August 19, 2013, 8:45 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Former two-division world titleholder Zab Judah signed a promotional deal with Golden Boy, the company announced Monday.

Under the deal, Golden Boy will work with Judah's Super Judah Promotions to promote his bouts.

"Super Judah Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions working together is phenomenal," said Judah, the former undisputed welterweight champion and a former three-time junior welterweight titleholder who has faced many of the biggest names in boxing. "I have been doing business with Golden Boy Promotions for a number of years, working both with them and against them, and I know what it's like to be on both sides.

"Through those times, I see that we are a perfect fit. This joint venture will give me the experience I need as a promoter and get me the big fights I want at this point of my career."

Judah was a free agent when he worked with Golden Boy on his last fight, in which he lost an action-packed unanimous decision to unified junior welterweight titlist Danny Garcia on April 27 at the Barclays Center in his hometown of Brooklyn in New York.

Golden Boy has an exclusive deal to put on the boxing events at the Barclays Center, so it made sense for Judah to sign with a company that could consistently have him fight in that building.

"I am very happy to welcome Zab to the Golden Boy team," Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer said. "He is without question not only one of the most exciting fighters in boxing, but he also has tremendous name recognition, which reaches into the general market.

"In his thrilling fight against Danny Garcia, Zab showed that he belongs in the absolute top level of the sport. I am looking forward to ... working with Zab and his team and have him participate in the biggest fights in the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions."

Judah's first fight under the new deal has not been determined, but Schaefer told ESPN.com that it will come in the fall.

"We are currently working on some dates and opponents for Zab's first fight with us," Schaefer said.

Golden Boy is stocked with fighters in the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions, so matching him in a high-profile fight should not be an issue. The 35-year-old Judah (42-8, 29 KOs), a southpaw with speed and power, has already faced some of them, including Garcia, Lucas Matthysse and Amir Khan.

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