Welterweight Zab Judah hasn’t fought in Nevada in nearly two years, but the recent Las Vegas transplant wants to be able to fight in his adopted hometown.
The Brooklyn, N.Y., native is tentatively scheduled to face Shane Mosley on May 31 at Mandalay Bay. But there is unfinished business first.
The Nevada Athletic Commission revoked the licenses of Judah and his father/trainer/manager, Yoel, for inciting a riot in the ring at the Thomas & Mack Center when Judah fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. on April 8, 2006. Zab Judah was fined $250,000, which was deducted from his purse, and Yoel Judah was fined $100,000, which he has not paid.
Zab Judah’s request for reinstatement is on the agenda at Monday’s commission meeting in Las Vegas. The fighter’s new manager, Michael Shinefield, said Judah is contrite.
“Zab has grown up,” Shinefield said. “He’s not a kid anymore. He’s truly sorry for what happened, and he’s paid a dear price. Zab has no problem with the commission. He’ll answer all their questions.”
Shinefield said Judah also will bring a certified check for $100,000 to the meeting to pay his father’s fine.
NAC executive director Keith Kizer said for the commission to re-license Judah, it will want a guarantee from the fighter and his father that there will be no more misconduct.
“He’s been involved in two incidents, and he needs to prove to the commission that he won’t engage in any unsportsmanlike conduct,” Kizer said of Zab Judah. “It’s his burden to show that he’s qualified to fight in Nevada.”
In 2001, Judah suffered a second-round technical knockout by Kostya Tszyu and lost his IBF junior welterweight title at the MGM Grand Garden. After referee Jay Nady stopped the fight, Judah put his gloved fist on Nady’s throat and later threw a stool at him. He was suspended six months and fined $75,000.
Judah, 30, has fought four times without incident since the Mayweather bout — twice in Mississippi, once in New York and most recently a 12-round unanimous decision over Ryan Davis on Nov. 17 in the Caribbean island nation of Turks and Caicos. Judah is 36-5 with 25 knockouts.
Mosley, 36, also has some hurdles to clear to get licensed in Nevada, though his issues are strictly medical. Fighters over 35 are required to undergo a comprehensive exam before being allowed to compete in the state.
Mosley (44-5, 37 KOs) last fought in Nevada on Feb. 10, 2007, when he beat Luis Collazo by unanimous decision at Mandalay Bay. His most recent bout was a 12-round loss to Miguel Cotto on Nov. 10 in New York.
Mosley is expected to either attend Monday’s commission meeting in person or by conference call.
• JUDGE SUPPORTED — Kizer defended the scoring of Doug Tucker, who saw the Feb. 16 WBC super flyweight title fight between champion Cristian Mijares and Jose Navarro far different from fellow judges Adelaide Byrd and Chris Wilson.
Mijares kept his title by split decision, even though Tucker gave all 12 rounds to Navarro, scoring it 120-108. Byrd had Mijares winning 117-111, and Wilson scored it 115-113 for Mijares.
The final Punchstats showed Navarro was the busier fighter, throwing 1,222 punches. But he landed a far lower percentage, 15 percent to Mijares’ 30 percent, and Navarro was beaten to a bloody pulp. Yet Tucker, who is from Phoenix, had Navarro pitching a 12-round shutout.
“I asked Doug after the fight about it and he said Navarro was the busier fighter,” Kizer said. “I’m not a judge, but from my vantage point, there wasn’t one round in that fight that either fighter clearly won.”
There was speculation after the results were announced that Tucker got the corners mixed up. Kizer said that was not the case.
“There’s no way he mixed up the corners,” Kizer said. “If you look at the scorecards, he was in the majority in (most) of the first eight rounds.”
Kizer said no disciplinary action will be taken against Tucker.
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