Judah (born October 27, 1977) is a retired American professional boxer.
He is a five-time world champion at light welterweight and welterweight,
and is a former undisputed welterweight world champion.
Judah began boxing at the age of six and compiled and amateur
record of 110-5. He was a two-time US national champion and three-time
New York Golden Gloves Champion. He also won the 1996 PAL National
Championship. Judah beat Ishe Smith and Hector Camcacho Jr., but lost
to David Diaz in the finals of the Olympic trials, thus failing to
qualify for the Olympic boxing team.
Judah made his professional debut as an 18-year-old on
September 20, 1996, in Miami, Florida and defeated Michael Johnson
by technical knockout in the second round. Judah accidentally butted
heads with Esteban Flores in a fight in March 1999. Flores was cut
on his forehead, and the match was halted in the third round. The
bout was originally recorded as a technical draw, but the result was
changed to a no contest in May 1998. On April, 1998, Judah defeated
Angel Beltre in the second round.
Judah then defeated Micky
Ward by unanimous decision for the USBA Light Welterweight title.
He successfully defended the USBA title by stopping Darryl Tyson in
the eleventh round on October 15, 1998.
Wilfredo Negron in January 1999 with a fourth round knockout to win
the Interim IBF Light Welterweight title. On February 12, 2000, he
defeated Jan Piet Bergman to win the vacant IBF Light Welterweight
title. Bergman went down twice in the first round, but recovered in
the second round, knocking Judah down. Judah knocked out Bergman in
the fourth round to win the title. On June 20, 2000, Judah made his
first title defense against Junior Witter in Glasgow, Scotland. It
was an awkward fight for Judah, as Witter rarely engaged in an extended
exchange of punches. Witter frquently switched between fighting right
handed and left handed, making him an elusive opponent. Judah's consistent
body punching slowed Witter down, and in the fifth round, Judah caught
Witter with a staight left hand that hurt Witter and sent his mouthpiece
skittering across the ring. Judah defeated Witter by unanimous decision.
Two months later, on August 5, 2000, at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut,
Judah defeated former IBF Light Welterweight Champion Terron Millett
by fourth round knockout. Judah was knocked down in the first round
from a left hand. Judah rose quickly, and from that point on he dominated
the fight. Judah hurt Millett with two combinations near the end of
the first round. In round two, Judah sent Millett down with a right
hand to the chin. Millett survived the round, but he was clearly hurt.
In round four, Judah charged across the ring and inflicted a series
of blows on Millett, knocking him down again. Millett got up, but
Judah continued his assault and knocked Millett down again. Millett
rose at the count of four, but his legs were unsteady and the referee
decided to stop the bout.
In his third title defense, Judah stopped
Hector Quiroz in the eighth round on October 20, 2000, at The Palace
of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. On January 13, 2001, Judah
defeated Reggie Green by tenth round technical knockout at the Mohegan
Sun in Connecticut. Judah had trouble landing punches effectively
against Green for the majority of the fight, but in round ten, he
knocked Green down with a left hook. Green beat the count, but Judah
then ran across the ring and sent Green down to the canvas with a
right hand, forcing the referee to stop the fight. On June 23, 2001,
Judah defeated Allan Vester by third round knockout in his fifth successful
defense of the IBF title. In round two, Judah put Vester down to the
canvas twice. In the third round, Judah knocked out Vester with a
left hand that connected on Vester's temple. Vester went down on his
knees and nearly lost his mouthpiece. The referee stopped the fight
right before the closing bell. The fight would set up a unification
match between Judah and WBC and WBA Light Welterweight Champion Kostya
Tszyu, who defeated Oktay Urkal on the undercard.