Former two-division world champion Zab Judah (34-4, 25 KOs) held court for assembled media at Rendezvous Ribs in Memphis today to discuss his upcoming pay-per-view showdown on June 9 against WBA welterweight champion Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden. Judah was in vintage form:
On fighting after a year ban and recent controversy: "Think of this as nowhere near my biggest fight. I consider this the fight of redemption."
Opinions of Cotto: "He's a robotic fighter because he's one dimensional -- this is going to be a massacre. When you match a great, great fighter against a robot there's going to be a malfunction."
Fighting in Madison Square Garden against a potentially hostile crowd on the eve of National Puerto Rican Parade Day: "You've got to expect that [the crowd favoring Cotto] but New York is my stomping ground, and every time I step into the garden it's going to be a massacre"
Why he's training in Memphis: "All great fighters shouldn't train in their home environment, there are so many distractions."
Quirky quotes: "It's a well-tuned up Honda Civic against an '07 Diablo." "I'm going to make sure he's not going to the parade the next day."