Zab Judah (42-9, 29 KOs) will be emerging from a long 4-year layoff this Saturday night on January 21 to take on journeyman fighter Jorge Luis Munguia (12-7, 4 KOs) this Saturday night at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey. Judah is 39-years-old, and he’s going to have problems if he can’t get Munguia out of there early.
In Judah’s last fight against Paulie Malignaggi in 2013, he looked good for all of 2 rounds before fading, and losing by a one-sided 12 round decision. Malignaggi didn’t do much of anything other than stand in front of Judah, daring him to throw punches for 12 rounds. Judah looked too old and too shot to let his hands go.
The main thing Judah has going for him is this fight on Saturday night is the fact that Munguia has lost his last four fights. The bad news is that Munguia has been losing by decision. He seems to have a good chin, and can take punishment. If Judah can’t fight hard for a full 10 rounds on Saturday, then he could lose. Munguia last won a fight in 2015. It’s still very difficult to picture Judah losing to a guy like Munguia.
I think it might be the best thing for Judah to lose this fight, because if he wins, it could plant some ideas in his head that he can keep going and win another world title. Judah is not going to win another world title. If he faces anyone that’s good at this point, he’s going to wind up getting pounded.
Some fighters are able to still fight at a high level in their late 30s, but I don’t think Judah is one of them. His career had been heading downhill since 2011. He’s lost 3 out of his last 4 fights. That’s a not a good sign. The results of those fights show that Judah is probably not going to be able to do a anything more.
Hopefully, Judah doesn’t freeze when under the spotlight on Saturday night. He did that against Malignaggi, and was little more than a punching bag for him.