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Judah Scores Impressive Knockout Over Millett
|August 6, 2000
UNCASVILLE, CT - Last night, fireworks went off when Zab
Judah stepped into the ring to face Terronn Millett, another
claimant to the IBF jr. welterweight title at Mohegan Sun's Uncas
Pavilion. They were a prelude to those in attendance ready
to witness the bombs that would explode in the ensuing minutes.
Just before the bell rang to begin the first round, I made sure I
moved my butt to the edge of my seat, where I knew I would remain
until a winner was declared. When the smoke cleared, Zab
Judah put to rest Millett's claim to the IBF throne. After
getting up off the canvas in the first round, Judah scored four
knockdowns to overwhelm Millett at 2:47 of the fourth round. The
win improved Judah's record to 24-0 with 18 knockouts.
Millett dropped to 22-2-1, with 17 KO's
Judah's shots began to find their mark towards
the end of the first round and he seemed to be getting caught up
in the excitement as those in attendance had when a short left
hook dropped Judah for the second time in his career. Judah
(138) bounced back up, as he had against Jan Bergman, two fights
previously and dominated the rest of the match.
"He hit me with a hook and I have no idea
where it came from," said the winner. "I felt it,
but I got right back up and practically won the round."
As soon as Judah finished listening to referee
Michael Ortega's mandatory
eight-count, he stormed back and remained in control throughout
Millett (139), of St. Louis, MO, had appeared to be in big
trouble at the time when his left hook found Judah's chin.
The knockdown would give Millett an eight-second breather, before
Judah would resume pummeling him.
"He was throwing a lot of stuff and I caught him,"
said the deposed champion. "For some reason, blame it
on inactivity or whatever, my timing just wasn't there
Judah's timing was there. A minute into the second
round, Judah landed a lightning fast left cross from his southpaw
stance, which flattened Millett for the second time in his career.
That feat was followed with a knockdown in the third round and two
more in the fourth. After struggling to remain stabilized on
his feet, Ortega saved Millett from further punishment.
Judah was simply too much for Millett, who showed tremendous
courage while losing a title he and many others believed he still
brought into the ring with him.
Millett was stripped due to inactivity caused by a broken
hand incurred in his last bout with Virgil McClendon over a year
ago. This past February, Judah defeated South African, Jan
Bergman for the vacated title.
"They (the IBF) unjustly took my title away," said
Millett. "I had nothing against Zab coming into this
fight. The IBF gave him the belt. It was only human
for him to take it. Tonight, he (Judah) proved to be the
better man and he won my title."
"I came in better shape for this fight than I did for
the Bergman fight," said the undisputed IBF champ.
Millett is a better fighter than Bergman and I prepared for this
fight as my first title fight."
"Terronn is a great fighter, but I still think Micky
Ward is the best guy I've ever fought," said Judah.
Ward meets rugged Antonio Diaz at Foxwoods Casino (just down
the street from the Mohegan Sun) on August 19th. Judah
however is pursuing bigger game right now.
"Right now everybody thinks Kostya Tszyu (Judah's WBC
counterpart and "The Champ" according to the CBZ) is the
best in the (jr. welterweight) division," said Judah.
"But I want to fight him to prove that I'm the best."
"He wants to unify the division's title and then move
onto the welterweight division," said Shelley Finkel, Judah's
manager. "That means we want Sharmba
(Mitchell) too Carl," shouted Finkel to Carl King, the
manager of the WBA
Things can only get interesting in the jr. welterweight
In a battle between two seasoned Texans, Juan Lazcano won a
10 round split decision over former WBC Super-Featherweight
Champion, Jesse James Leija.
Leija, 136, of San Antonio, was the busier and more effective
on, but Lazcano was able to find a rythym that Leija had trouble
breaking later on in the fight. In this writer's eyes, it
didn't seem that Lazcano would come on down the stretch as he did,
winning the majority of the rounds on the judges' scorecards.
"I knew I had pulled it off a little bit," said
Lazcano of El Paso. "Sometimes, you work so hard and
then in the ring it doesn't work out. I couldn't bend my
knees and get inside. My legs were not there. I was
too straight up at first and had to adjust. My legs wouldn't
let my heart and mind do what they wanted."
"I thought I did well," said Leija. "I
made him miss a lot."
Up until the 6th round, Leija had done just that moving in
and out with effective body shots and straight right hands.
The jab of Lazcano that many figured would pay off didn't until
midway through the fight, as he was able to mix in more
Judge William Hutt scored the fight 96-94 for Leija, while
Judges Fred Ucci and Steve Weisfeld saw it 96-94 and 97-93 for
Lazcano. The CBZ saw it a 95-95 draw, while those scoring
the Showtime double header at home saw it a 10-0 shutout for Leija.
What were you guys thinking?
"I felt good about the fight," said Leija.
"You've got to let the judges do their job. That's what
they get paid to do. My job is to fight."
The big win for Lazcano improved his record to 24-2-1 with
17 knockouts while Leija drops to 40-4-2 with 16 knockouts.
In the opening bout, Zab's brother Dan, (168)
used his left hand to pound the body of overmatched, Eric Brown,
170, of Orlando, Florida, and stopped him at 1:49 of the 2nd
round. Judah is now 5-0-1, with 3 KO's.
Daniel Mitchell, 136, Pittsburgh, PA scored a
sloppy, yet lopsided 4-round verdict over silver-haired Brooklyn
native Martin Moore. Moore, 136 ˝ backpedaled throughout
the fight and wrestled Mitchell every time they were in close.
Mitchell went the distance for the first time in picking up his
Left-handed, Rob "The Punisher" Dula,
162, of New York, NY, won a tough 6-round decision over durable
but out-gunned, Bertrand Tchanjeu, 163 ˝, of Philadelphia, PA.
Dula improved to 13-0 with 8 knockouts.
Mark Breland protégé, Anthony Hanshaw, (168),
of Mansfield, OH pulverized Emil Williams, 169, of Queens, NY,
stopping him at 2:59 of the very first round. Hanshaw won
his third knockout in as many fights.
Promoter - Main Events
Venue - Mohegan Sun Uncas Pavilion
Network - Showtime