8.11.08

Judah vs. E. Johnson Round by Round

The last fight on the undercard is Zab Judah vs Ernest Johnson. This is Judah's first fight since his loss to Joshua Clottey. Johnson is 18-2 with 7 KOs. Judah is 36-6 with 25 KOs.

Rd 1: Johnson starts with the action with a jab. Both fighters are feeling eachother out in the first minute. Judah still looks as fast as he used to. Johnson gets a body shot in. Zab is looking relaxed and moving well. Johnson throws 2 shots upstairs that are blocked. Judah is the more active fighter in round 1.

Spartan117: 10-9 Judah
Franchise: 10-9 Judah

Rd 2: Johnson gets busier early in the second round. Zab lands a good straight left that backs Johnson up. Judah is setting up other punches with his jab but hasn't landed much. A small cut has opened over the eye of Johnson most likely from a Judah punch. Johnson lands a good hook. Judah's hand speed is giving Johnson problems.

Spartan117: 10-9 Judah
Franchise: 10-9 Judah

Rd 3: Judah spends the break on his feet almost in the middle of the ring. His dad, and trainer, is trying to give him advice but Judah doesn't even acknowledge him. Johnson's punch output is low. Judah is upping his and also landing at a higher percentage. Kellerman talks to Yoel Judah about the break between rounds. Yoel says that Zab knows what he has to do. Now a cut has opened over the eye of Judah and it is clearly running into his eye.

Spartan117: 10-9 Judah
Franchise: 10-9 Judah

Rd 4: The cut over Zab's eye is very bad and the replay shows that it was caused by an accidental headbutt. The cut is clearly bothering Judah. Judah has to make it out of this round in order for it to go to the scorecards. If that is the case Judah will win this fight. The cut is now getting worse. Johnson seems to see this and is increasing his punches. The cut is really gushing. Zab connects with a big uppercut.

Spartan117: 10-9 Judah
Franchise: 10-9 Judah

Rd 5: Judah remains active despite cuts over his left and right eye. Judah is throwing stiff jabs. Johnson is trying to get inside but Judah's jabs are keeping him away. Zab is winning the rounds on a higher punch percentage but not much happening in this round.

Spartan117: 10-9 Judah
Franchise: 10-9 Judah

Rd 6: The two fighters begin this round by clincing and wrestling around. Zab's cutman has done a good job stopping his cuts. Judah lands a great uppercut. Judah now works on counterpunches. The two start jawing eachoter. Hard to tell what they are yelling about. Judah is throwing hard wide punches and going for the knockout. Judah's best round so far.

Spartan117: 10-9 Judah
Franchise: 10-9 Judah

Rd 7: Judah looks like he's getting more comfortable. He's moving around well and landing at will. He might be leaving himself open. Judah is throwing harder punches in this round than in later rounds. Johnson barrels Judah back into the ropes and Judah gets a body shot in the middle of the clinch. Johnson's style is less sound Judah.

Spartan117: 10-9 Judah
Franchise: 10-9 Judah

Rd 8: Johnson seems to realize that he needs a KO to win this fight and gets more aggressive. Judah is sticking to basics and uses the jab. Not much happening in this round. Zab lands a good left hook that backs Johnson off. Zab did slightly more than Johnson.

Spartan117: 10-9 Judah
Franchise: 10-9 Judah

Rd 9: Zab is looking better in this fight than the fans have seen in a couple of fights. The ref, Smoger, stops the action for the second time to fix the tape on Zab's gloves. Judah sees that he doesn't have to do a whole log in order to take this fight. Neither fighter has done much of anything in these later rounds. Now Judah goes to work and throws hard hooks and lands.

Spartan117: 10-9 Judah
Franchise: 10-9 Judah

Rd 10: Johnson gets out and throws big shots to the body but Zab blocks them all. Judah is landing his hard hooks that he has been throwing while looking for the KO. Johnson is throwing shots but they are way off target. Judah is points and smiles to someone in the crowd. Judah simply out classed Johnson tonight.

Spartan117: 10-9 Judah
Franchise: 10-9 Judah

Zab Judah wins by unanimous decision

Judge 1: 99-91
Judge 2: 98-92
Judge 3: 98-92

Spartan17: 110-90 Judah
Franchise: 100-90 Judah

6 comments:

uatu said...

that should be judah's first fight since his loss to Josh Clottey

uatu said...

judah actually beat chop chop some 5 years ago

The Franchise said...

Hard to believe two judges gave two rounds to Johnson. He did basically nothing the whole fight.

uatu said...

did he try to win or just survive?

The Franchise said...

I guess he tried to win. He just had no answers for anything Zab did.

uatu said...

judah has always been, at least in spurts, one of the most talented fighters of the past 5-10 years