Zab Judah (born October 27, 1977 in New York) is an American boxer.
After he failed in the 1996 national qualification for the Olympic Games in Atlanta, he was still in the same year 18-year-old professional. After 21 victories, including against Mickey Ward, he was on 12 February 2000, the possibility for the vacant IBF welterweight title in boxing too. Judah secured the title by knockout victory in the fourth round of the South African Jan Piet Bergman, against whom he was on the ground. He defended the title five times in the following years, including against Junior Witter and Terron Millet, who also beat him to the ground.
On 3 November 2001, he played against Kostya Tszyu, winner of the WBC and WBA title in Las Vegas, a unification, which he lost by KO. He had been depressed in the second round, however, could not stand up to the immediate attempt to hold back on his feet, stumbled and slid to the floor again (often called “Chicken Dance” taunts), prompting the referee then stop the fight. Judah, dissatisfied with his opinion, premature termination, attacked the referee and threw a chair through the ring in his direction, which earned him a subsequent six-month suspension and a penalty payment of 75,000 dollars. He never sought a rematch on Showtime, but switched to HBO and Don King.
Upon his return, he won on 13 December 2003 by one point victory over DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley, the former because of the dominance Tszyus not taken seriously WBO title, defended his belt but only once since in 2004 he moved to the welterweight.
There he called on 10 April 2004 out Cory Spinks, the undisputed champion of the class and held the WBC, WBA and IBF belts. Judah lost the battle just after points. On 5 February 2005 there was, however, the rematch with Spinks and Judah was able to prevail this time with a clear victory by technical knockout in the ninth round. It is his only major victory against a boxer who is counted among the best in its class.
On 7 January 2006 Judah boxing in a supposedly lightweight title defense against Argentinian Carlos Baldomir, who had recorded at this time for nine defeats. Baldomir won the fight on points sensational. Since Baldomir had for this title fight, only the fees paid for the WBC Association, he received only their belt, which then leads to the curious situation that, despite the defeat of Judah, the IBF still recognized as champion by their association.
But even this IBF title he had lost his next fight on 8 April 2006 on points to Floyd Mayweather Jnr. After a low blow Judah there had been riots in the ring, which resulted in Judah Boxlizenz canceled and he was suspended for one year. In addition, he had to pay a fine of $ 250,000.