History | Nov 03 2018

On This Day: Kostya Tszyu sends Zab Judah into a giddy rage

Zab Judah goes barmy after being dropped twice from one Kostya Tszyu punch, writes Matt Christie
Kostya Tszyu
Kostya Tszyu  |  Action Images/Reuters/Steve Marcus

1. OPINION was split on who would win the light-welterweight unification showdown between WBC and WBA champion Kostya Tszyu, and IBF king Zab Judah. The bout was set for the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on November 3, 2001.

2. JUDAH, unbeaten at 27-0, sneered at his opponent’s chances in the lead-up, believing he was on the brink of an “easy” fight. “Tszyu’s style is made for me,” he said. “He’s strong, stands up straight and comes forward. His style is like Swiss cheese – full of holes.”

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