Lamont Peterson vs Zab Judah Goes to Purse Bid

By: Brandon Stubbs

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Earlier this week a purse bid was made and won for a potential match up between former junior welterweight titlist Zab Judah and current IBF champ Lamont Peterson. On paper sounds like a solid bout right? The weird thing about the winning bid that it was so low and that only one bid came in. The winning bid went to Peterson’s management of Headbangers Boxing and was the minimum bid of only $50K. Yes, two world class fighters and stars at 140lbs would fight for only $50k. The split will go $37,500 for Peterson and a lonely $12,500 for Judah.

So something about this smells fishy. The IBF has made it clear that the bout must happen in 90 days or no later then January 2, 2013 but there are some odd hang ups coming with this. For starters Lamont Peterson has no license. He was suspend after a failed drug test earlier this year and his rematch with Amir Khan got the axe. Next there is no television deal for the fight. With both Peterson and Judah being promotional free agents, there is no machine behind them to push for the fight to be on HBO, Showtime, Epix or ESPN . Oddly enough, one fight that may come out of this could be Peterson versus Tim Bradley. Bradley has a venue in the new Miami Marlins baseball stadium, a date of December 15 set and a TV deal with HBO but no opponent as of yet. Peterson and Miami’s own Andre Berto are the leaders to get the fight at this point however if Peterson can get a license he would be in the lead. Bradley has fought Peterson before and gave him a beating en route to a decision win in 2009 so not sure if this is a rematch fans would flock to see.

For Judah, he is still trying to stay in the spotlight and at 34 (turns 35 later this month), time is of the essence. After getting dusted and KO’d via body punch from Amir Khan last summer, it showed that younger and faster fighters at 140lbs will be too much for him. Judah did rebound in a hometown fight with Vernon Paris this past March and did so with ease. With options running low and the spotlight dimming, a win over Peterson could be a great way to cap his career or revitalize it.

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