Fox Deportes will showcase RING, WBA and WBC junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia and former 140-pound titleholder and welterweight champ Zab Judah in separate bouts on Saturday night in advance of their April 27 clash at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Showtime.
A Philadelphia resident who turned 25 last month, Garcia (25-0, 16 knockouts) will be after his second straight stoppage victory against Judah (42-7, 29 knockouts), who will have been out of the ring for more than a year since scoring a ninth-round knockout over previously unbeaten Vernon Paris in March of 2012.
Judah will represent the sixth consecutive fight during which Garcia has faced a current or former beltholder, having vanquished four-division titlewinner Erik Morales in the fourth round of his last bout in October.
Starting at 10 p.m. ET/7 pm. PT, Fox Deportes will air the first of Garcia’s two victories over Morales, which was by unanimous decision in March of 2012 for the WBC belt.
Fox Deportes will also broadcast Judah’s win over Lucass Matthysse from November of 2010 during which Judah rose from a 10th-round knockdown to secure a razor-thin split decision.
TYSON FURY 254, STEVE CUNNINGHAM 210
The 6-foot-9, 24-year-old from Manchester, England, Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KOs), weighed 254 pounds compared to a career-high 210 for former IBF cruiserweight titleholder Steve Cunningham (25-5, 12 KOs) at the weigh-in for Saturday’s matchup at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Fury has weighed as much as 270 and is coming off December’s unanimous decision over Kevin Johnson, while Cunningham’s previous career-high was 207 pounds for his debut in the division — September’s unanimous decision over Jason Gavern.
Fury marks Cunningham’s third bout as a heavyweight, as he comes off December’s split-decision loss to Tomasz Adamek.
Fury-Cunningham will be televised on NBC’s Fight Night as well as on Channel 5 in the United Kingdom, taking place over the course of a 90-minute program from 9:30 p.m. in the United Kingdom, while NBC will air a special two-hour afternoon presentation at 4 p.m. ET.
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