Judah set for welterweight fight on Calzaghe-Jones undercard
Twelve years ago, Zab Judah fought his second professional bout on the undercard of Roy Jones' super middleweight title defense against Bryant Brannon at New York's Madison Square Garden Theater.
Now, the former two-time junior welterweight titleholder and undisputed welterweight champ will do it again, but this time upstairs in the main arena.
Judah, with designs on moving back to the 140-pound junior welterweight division, will fight in the co-feature Nov. 8 (HBO PPV) on the undercard of the Joe Calzaghe-Jones light heavyweight championship fight.
Judah, 30, came into the fight at 143 pounds, four below the division limit, and it got him thinking about making a return to junior welterweight, which he now intends to pursue.
With the deal for Judah (36-6, 25 KOs) to appear on the card only being finalized Wednesday, it doesn't leave him time for a lengthy training camp, so the contract weight will be 144 pounds. But Judah said he intends to campaign at 140 and look for another title opportunity.
"I'm working on my weight," Judah told ESPN.com. "I started at 140 and mentally I know that is where I should be. I'm planning to go back there and dominate. I stay ready. I'll be ready. I'm just here to show my fans I am still dominant and I can put on good fights and give great entertainment."
Judah's opponent has not been signed, but John Wirt, CEO of Jones' Square Ring promotional company, told ESPN.com he would likely face 29-year-old Ernest "Too Slick" Johnson (18-2-1, 7 KOs).
When Wirt found out Judah was not tied to any promoter, he said he got in touch with him and they made a deal the same day for him to appear, as well as for Square Ring to be involved in his future bouts.
"Roy is very excited to have Zab on the card," Wirt said. "He's looking forward to developing a long-term relationship with Zab."
Judah has started his own promotional company, Super Promotions, but said, "We're waiting on our license, but we'll do joint ventures with Roy."
Rounding out the three-bout pay-per-view card, junior welterweight Dmitriy Salita (28-0-1, 16 KOs), a Ukraine native living in Brooklyn, will face Scotland's Willie Limond (29-2, 8 KOs).
Salita was supposed to challenge Ukraine's Andreas Kotelnik for his title, but Kotelnik pulled out, first citing a rib injury and then expressing displeasure over the purse.
Dan Rafael is ESPN.com's boxing writer.