Former betlholder Zab Judah will meet unbeaten junior welterweight counterpart Vernon Paris in an IBF eliminator on the NBC Sports Network’s “Fight Night” on March 24, Judah’s promoter, Kathy Duva, told RingTV.com on Tuesday.
“I can now confirm that we intend to put the Judah-Paris fight on our March 24 NBCSN ‘Fight Night’ broadcast,” said Duva, who out-bid promoter Don King on Tuesday for the right to put on the fight.
“We have until something like the second week of April to put on the fight,” said Duva. “Whatever the IBF’s 90-day rule comes to.”
Judah (41-7, 28 knockouts) earned the IBF junior welterweight belt by seventh-round knockout over Kaizer Mabuza in March before being dethroned by fifth-round stoppage by Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) in July. Paris is 26-0, with 15 knockouts.
NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night premieres on Jan. 21 with a heavyweight clash between Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KOs) and Sergei Liakhovich (25-4, 16 KOs), and junior middleweight Gabriel Rosado (18-5, 10 KOs) against counterpart Jesus Soto Karass (24-6-3, 16 KOs) at Asylum Arena in Philadelphia, the hometown of both Chambers and Rosado.
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