Thursday, May 8, 2008
Judah's right arm injury forces postponement of Mosley fight
By Dan Rafael
Former undisputed welterweight champion Zab Judah suffered a right arm injury this week, forcing his May 31 fight against fellow former champ Shane Mosley to be postponed on Thursday.
Judah needed 50 stitches in his right arm after slipping in his Las Vegas bathroom and smashing it through a glass shower door.
"Zab had an accident. He cut his right arm up pretty bad," Golden Boy Promotions chief operating officer David Itskowich said. "He slipped and he went to brace himself on a glass door and his arm went through it. I saw his arm. It looked pretty bad."
Judah was advised by his doctor not to train for at least four weeks.
"It is very unfortunate that Zab suffered this injury and that this great event had to be canceled," Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer said. "We are already in discussions with all parties involved to attempt to reschedule the fight for the near future."
The 12-round HBO PPV fight was due take place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and was significant. Mosley and Judah are both coming off losses to welterweight titleholder Miguel Cotto in their last major fights and are in need of a marquee victory.
Mosley (44-5, 37 KOs) dropped a close decision to Cotto in November. Cotto knocked out Judah (36-5, 25 KOs) in the 11th round last summer.
Also called off along with the main event was the junior lightweight co-feature between former titlist Jorge Barrios (47-3-1, 34 KOs) and perennial contender Rocky Juarez (27-4, 19 KOs) and former super middleweight titleholder Jeff Lacy's bout. His opponent had not yet been solidified.
Dan Rafael is ESPN.com's boxing writer.