We’re starting a new feature here on the Xtreme Couture blog. Every time there is a big boxing match Xtreme Couture Boxing Coach Ron Fraizer will break it down. Thus we begin with Saturday’s Miguel Cotto – Zab Judah affair. Taking place in Madison Square Garden on the Eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade the bout pits Puerto Rico’s favorite son against Brooklyn’s Zab “Super” Judah.
In order for Judah to win he must maintain his focus throughout the fight. In his career he has only shown he can do this once, in the second Corey Spinks fight. If he comes out like he did against Floyd Mayweather where he came out hard in four rounds then wilted mentally I think Cotto will stop Judah.
In order for Cotto to win he will have to walk through some fire. We’ve seen when he does that he can get knocked down. But now he’s up at 147 instead of 140 lbs. Maybe it was the weight loss that weakened his resolve. But in each of the fights where he has been hurt, he’s kept his compusre and come back to win those fights. Zab Judah is the most talented, most dangerous fighter Miguel Cotto has gotten in the ring with. To win this fight he will have to stay focused himself and absorb some punishment. If he does that he can break Zab down and win the fight.
It’s a great style match up. Both guys are great boxer-punchers who like to let it fly. They’re both also guys who have been touched. But Zab Judah when he first came out was supposed to be the heir apparent to Pernell “Sweat Pea” Whittaker. He’s shown that kind of defensive ability early in his career, but because he has heavy hands and likes to get it on and that makes him vulnerable to being countered.
My pick in this fight is Miguel Cotto breaks Zab Judah down and wins the fight. I think a late round stoppage for Cotto. But I wouldn’t be surprised to see Judah knock Miguel out.