Friday, June 8, 2007

Miguel Cotto vs. Jab Judah - Fight Preview and Bodog Odds

On Saturday, June 9th, Miguel Cotto will be making his second defense of the WBA Welterweight belt. His opponent will be the talented and always-dangerous Zab Judah. The event will take place at Madison Square Garden and be broadcast live on HBO pay-per-view.

You can bet on the fight at Bodog, and the maximum wager on who will come out victorious is a healthy $1000. Here are the current odds:


Winner of the Fight

Miguel Angel Cotto -280

Zab Judah +220


Total Rounds in Fight (Max Bet $500)

Over 9 ½ -105

Under 9 ½ -135


FIGHT PREVIEW


Miguel Angel Cotto

Miguel Cotto has a professional record of 29-0 with 24 KO’s. He hails from Caguas, Puerto Rico and is 5’8”, 147 pounds. He is 26 years old and trained by Evangelista Cotto.

Style

Cotto likes to come straight forward and punish his opponents with blistering shots to the body. His left hook is a particularly dangerous weapon, and he is adept at wearing down opponents over the course of the fight.

Opponents of Note

Just over 3 months ago, Cotto achieved a TKO victory over Oktay Urkal after his corner threw in the towel. Before that, he picked up wins over Carlos Quintana (TKO 5), Paul Malignaggi (UD 12), Ricardo Torres (KO 7), DeMarcus Corley (TKO 5), Kelson Pinto (TKO 6), Lovemore N’dou (UD 12) and Victoriano Sosa (TKO 4).

Strengths

Cotto has a tremendous left hook, and he is quite skilled at finding ways to use it. With power in both hands, his favorite tactic is to just keep chopping away at his opponents until they fall like a tree. Over the course of his career, only five of his fights have went the distance, and two of those were four-rounders when he was younger.

Weaknesses

Cotto has a tendency to get involved in wars, and his defense is average at best. He takes too many shots, and he’s been down on the canvas more than once in his career. In his last fight just over three months ago, he suffered a deep cut over his left eye from a head butt.


Zab “Super” Judah

Judah has a record of 34-4 with 25 KO’s. He is from Brooklyn, New York and is 29-years-old. He is 5’7” and weighs 146 ¾ pounds. Judah is trained by his father, Yoel Judah.

Style

A boxer-puncher with tremendous speed, Judah has some of the fastest hands in the sport. A southpaw, he usually jumps on opponents from the opening bell and wears them down with a combination of lightning-fast combinations and surprising power. He is also an effective counter-puncher.

Opponents of Note

Judah has wins over Cory Spinks (TKO 9), DeMarcus Corley (SD 12), Terron Millett (TKO 4), Wilfredo Negron (KO 4) and Darryl Tyson (TKO 11). His losses have come against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L UD 12), Carlos Baldomir (L UD 12), Cory Spinks (L UD 12) and Kostya Tszyu (L TKO 2).

Strengths

Judah has power in both hands and blinding speed. His southpaw style proves an additional challenge for opponents. He is excellent at feinting, moving and counter-punching. Judah is very confident in his abilities and trains very hard. He can string together combinations as well as any man in the sport.

Weaknesses

His confidence sometimes works against him, and Judah has a tendency to get cocky in the ring and eat leather. He’s been knocked down on several occasions. He also tends to be immature, and this has resulted in a number of fines, suspensions, and general displays of dirty tactics and poor sportsmanship. While he has all the physical tools, Judah has yet to prove that he can win the truly big fights.


For more boxing news, be sure and check out the following:

Results for Shannon Briggs vs. Sultan Ibragimov

Results for Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.


Miguel Cotto vs. Jab Judah - Fight Preview and Bodog Odds