Judah - Santa Cruz Final Press Conference Quotes

judahThe final press conference for the July 16th Zab Judah vs. Jose Armando Santa Cruz "Brick City Boxing Series" show at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, was held at the impressive Global Boxing Gym, North Bergen, NJ. Here are quotes from the event.

Kathy Duva: "Zab Judah started his boxing career with Main Events many years ago, and he's still a very young man, just as I am very young! Zab has announced his intentions to finish his career with us."

"Another reason why Zab decided to come back to Main Events is that we agreed to work with him together as partners (with Super Juadh Promotions) in this promotion. It's very important to Zab to play that role, to learn the business, to become more aware of the decision making process. We are very happy with the way this is working out."

"Our plan with Zab is that he's told us he wants to move down to junior welterweight, a division that gets an awful lot of attention. There are a lot of fighters in that division, but not a single one of them is a marquee name.. There isn't a single guy other than Zab Judah who people on the street would recognize. People know his name. Zab has made a commitment to come back down to that weight, and get the activity he needs to achieve his goals. We're here to make sure he gets that with a series of fights."

Santa Cruz: "I will apply pressure but I will not be reckless. I must avoid his punches. Maybe I will switch to southpaw to keep him off balance. I will see what works better during the early rounds."

"The Casamayor fight helped me to prepare for Zab. I will have to watch out for his speed. I trained really hard for this fight because I know a win over him will be really good for me, it will get me back in the rankings."

"135 was no good for me. I felt really weak and I couldn't catch my wind back. I just couldn't do it anymore. At 143 I feel really good, really strong and it works better for me right now."

"My Dad gets more out of me. He puts more pressure on me than other trainers. He gets mad if I don't do things right."

"He (Judah) is gonna be one my hardest fights. He's a really good fighter and he has fast hands. But I think I have had the right preparation. It's going to be a really good fight."

Zab Judah: "In my life right now it's not really about money. Financially I'm cool. I've been suspended a year for Mayweather, I've been a year off for Kostya Tszyu, and I've been off a year just relaxing. So it's not really about money. It's about being with somebody that you can build with, that you can make a home with and figure out your vision. I have a vision in the game that I want to finish up with, and I want to finish it as strong as I started."

"In the welterweight division everybody was bigger than me, stronger than me, you know? I was doing it for the money. I said let me go back somewhere to the weight class where I started, where I am comfortable, where I know I can succeed and it's evened up for me with fighters. I'm at 140lbs, I'm solid, you ain't seen this in a long time. I'm just ready, mentally, physically. I know what I want and I'm gonna go after it."

"Mentally I'm different now. I have a son now, he's 17 months and I'm thinking 'what kind of vision are you showing your son?' I got show him the difference, I gotta set my life, my pace, at a bigger picture."

"This is what I like. I like that you have me fighting a tough fighter, in Santa Cruz. So that when I go in there and I make easy work of him I don't want nobody to say oh Santa Cruz was a pushover. All I want everybody to say is, oh, Zab's back! He's back and he's sharp. Santa Cruz is a tough fighter, he's a durable fighter. He's known to take on some of the good fighters, like in a Casamayor, in a David Diaz. I mean this is a fighter that a lot of fighters don't want to fight and I took him on."

"I've kayoed guys at 147 lbs. and 140 lbs. I bring excitement win, lose or draw. We're gonna need two Prudentials for my next fight!"

"Everybody is asking me, 'we want to see the Zab we know show up'. In this fight you are going to see the best Zab Judah ever." I said, 'Zab you gotta just train. Get your mind ready, get you body ready. You gotta get in there and just show the world that you got the best jab, you got the best left hand, your skills are not to be messed with. Come Friday night I'm gonna show y'all a great show. I promise you!"

The fight promoted by Main Events and Super Judah Promotions will take place on July 16th at Prudential Center, Newark, NJ. Doors open at 7pm. It will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Tickets priced at $53, $78, $103 and $203 (ringside) can be purchased at Prudential Center Box Office, by calling TicketMaster at 800-745-3000 or

Zab Judah & Alex Perez Join Newark's Mayor Corey A. Booker at Super Summer Initiative Kickoff

Newark, NJ - July 12, 2010 - Mayor Cory A. Booker, and other dignitaries were joined by former WBA World Welterweight Boxing Champion Zab "Super" Judah and Professional Boxer and Newark native Alex "The Brick City Bullet" Perez to kick off the City of Newark's 2010 Super Summer Initiative today. The kick off celebration took place in Nat Turner Park which is Newark's largest municipal park, located at 251-289 18th Avenue at the corner of Boyd Street and Muhammad Ali Avenue.

This year's initiative is themed a "Super Healthy Summer" and is focusing on reducing childhood obesity, to prevent adult illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Mayor Booker is currently serving as co-chair of the First Lady Michelle Obama's national task force, which is leading the "Let's Move!" campaign to end the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. For more information on the "Let's Move" campaign, visit their website at

During the event, Mayor Booker presented City Proclamations to this year's Super Summer celebrity guest's professional boxers Zab "Super" Judah and Alex "The Brick City Bullet Perez," for being positive role models for health and fitness and supporting the City's mission to reduce childhood obesity.

"This year, we are working to provide our residents with a 'Super Healthy Summer,' focusing on fighting childhood obesity, to prevent adult illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. I am committed to providing our youngest residents with the tools by which they can live healthy lives," the Mayor said. "I want to also commend all of our partners, public and private, and the two outstanding athletes joining us today, Zab "Super" Judah and Alex "Brick City Bullet" Perez."

"This is an honor for me. Mayor Booker said it takes a lot of hard work dedication, and sacrifice to become something great. So no matter what your talent is, stick to it and be great at it," said Mr. Judah as he gave motivational remarks to the Newark youth in the audience. The former WBA Welterweight Champion will be making his big return to the ring against Jose Armando Santa Cruz on Friday, July 16 at the Prudential Center. The fight will be broadcast live on ESPN.

"It is a blessing to be here. I did not expect this. I just have one thing to say to the youth: if you have dreams, chase them because no matter what anyone says you can accomplish any goal in life. Keep your faith and stay focused," said Alex "The Brick City Bullet" Perez. The Newark native who grew up in Baxter Terrace, Perez will be the co-feature bout on July 16 against Vincent Arroyo.

Ten-year old Bryce Turner was excited when Mayor Booker called his raffle ticket number during the event and said, "I won two tickets to see Zab Judah fight in a boxing match this Friday. I'm so excited and I'm planning to go with my Mom!"

The fight promoted by Main Events and Super Judah Promotions will take place on July 16th at Prudential Center, Newark, NJ. Doors open at 7pm. It will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Tickets priced at $53, $78, $103 and $203 (ringside) can be purchased at Prudential Center Box Office, by calling TicketMaster at 800-745-3000 or

Article posted on 14.07.2010

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