March 2, 2016
March 2, 2016
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BROOKLYN’S Zab “Super” Judah is fighting for his legacy.  His road back to the top starts Saturday night, March 12, against upset-minded Josh “Pitbull” Torres, in the 10-round main event kicking off the new monthly pro boxing series, “Knockout Night at the D”, airing live (8 p.m. PT / 11 p.m. ET) on CBS Sports Network live from the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC).

Presented by the D Las Vegas and Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, along with Neon Star Media and Roy Englebrecht Promotions, the “Knockout Night at the D” series’ inaugural event Mar. 12 will take place inside the DLVEC’s 20,000-square-foot tent, located in the heart of the downtown Las Vegas casino district, one block away from the world famous Fremont Street (200 S. 3rd St.).

Judah (42-9, 29 KOs), fighting out of Las Vegas, has been a professional boxer for nearly 20 years.  The southpaw has defeated seven world champions during his outstanding career: Junior Witter, Terron Millet, DeMarcus Corley, Raphael Pineda, Corey Spinks, Joshua Clottey and (interim champ) Lucas Matthysse.  The Brooklyn native has an outstanding 11-8 (9 KOs) record in world title fights.

Now, though, his past is in the rearview mirror and Judah’s on a mission to capture his sixth world title. That’s what drives the 38-year-old originally from Brooklyn.  “I’m very happy to be headlining the first show of the ‘Knockout Night at the D’ series,” Judah said.  “I’m always comfortable and happy in the squared ring.  I enjoy the sport of boxing and have one more goal…to be six-time world champion of the world!”

Due to a variety of reasons, Judah has been out of action for two years, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he hasn’t been ready to rock in the ring.  “I’m very excited to be back in the ring,” Judah remarked.  “I helped Floyd (Mayweather) get ready for (Manny) Pacquiao and last May came out of that camp in great shape.  I’ve been ready to fight since then.

“I’ve studied him (Torres) and he’s a hungry, young guy with a great opportunity in front of him. We aren’t overlooking him.”

The 24-year-old Torres (15-4-2, 7 KOs) may not have the same name recognition as many of Judah’s past opponents, but the determined prospect from Albuquerque, NM has nothing to lose and everything to gain fighting Judah.

“I believe this fight can be life changing, not only for me, but also for upcoming New Mexico fighters,” Torres commented.  “Boxing doesn’t get a lot of attention in my state.”

Torres is a protégé of the late 5-time world champion Johnny Tapia. His brother-in-law, Chris Chavez, now trains Torres, who has been sparring with fellow New Mexican and former world junior middleweight champion, Austin Trout, to prepare for the left-handed Judah.

Torres is also a professional barber who’d like to clip Judah, so to speak.  “I haven’t had a promoter or manager,” he explained the need for him to be a barber as well as a pro boxer.  “I’ve always had to work to pay bills.  It’s just had to be that way in my boxing career.”

Fast rising Las Vegas lightweight star, Mexico-born Chuy “El Huracan” Gutierrez (14-0-1, 4 KOs), meets Leon “The Third Generation” Spinks III (11-3-1, 7 KOs) in the 8-round co-feature.