"When Zab Judah and Danny Garcia go at it, it's going to be Brooklyn versus Philly. The same thing as the Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles. That's a big rivalry in football. We're going to have Danny Garcia and Zab Judah the big rivalry in boxing. New York City, Barclays, we back...Danny Garcia is a fighter; Zab Judah is a fighter. Our obligation is to go in there and win, you know what I'm sayin'. That makes two competitive people. Danny Garcia is a young kid. He's undefeated, you know what I'm sayin'. He's hungry. Zab Judah is known for eating donuts all day. I eat donuts. Anybody come out here with a donut, I eat it. I take it. Lucas Matthysse, ask him! I take 0's. Vernon Paris, ask him! I eat 'em. I take 'em away, so Danny Garcia, I feel like eating donuts at the top of January," stated former undisputed welterweight champion Zab Judah, who talked about a potential January showdown with unified jr. welterweight champion Danny Garcia. Check it out!
BT: What's up Supah?
ZJ: I'm still in New York, working out and shit; out in Brooklyn with all my peoples.
BT: No doubt. So talk to me about the Barclays Center. I know you were in the building this past Saturday to enjoy the first boxing event to be held there. What was that experience like?
ZJ: You know what? I feel like the arena was built for me, you know what I'm sayin'? I live in Las Vegas, but I feel like the city is calling me back. They said, "Okay, Zab likes Las Vegas arenas and big, fancy, nice arenas? We're going to build one for him right here in the middle of Brooklyn so he can come home and represent for us like he's supposed to." Now, I'm home! I'm home, baby! I'm back!
BT: Were you kind of surpised that they didn't try to get you in the card, being that your one of the biggest names to come out of Brooklyn?
ZJ: Well, you know what? At the end of the day, business is business, you know what I'm sayin'? Zab Judah had prior obligations to go on with Lamont Peterson. It turned out that it didn't happen. On my part, I was engaged in doing my own thing. But the top of the year...I look at Saturday night, you know what I'm sayin', congratulations to all of the fighters. Number one, congratulations to my boy Kid Chocolate. Brooklyn, we did it again. We got another world champion, you know what I'm sayin', in Kid Chocolate right there. Big shout out to him. Big shout out to Luis Collazo; the whole Brooklyn, Danny Jacobs, the whole Brooklyn squad that went in there and represented. I respect them for that. To me, that was a soft opening. When I fight, that's going to be the hard, grand opening. All them boys gonna be back on the card with me again and we're going to kick the doors open and knock the hinges off of that bitch. We're gonna sell out to the top of the capacity it can get. We're going to have everybody in there that's supposed to be in there. Brooklyn gonna come out the Brooklyn way. When Zab Judah and Danny Garcia go at it, it's going to be Brooklyn versus Philly. The same thing as the Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles. That's a big rivalry in football. We're going to have Danny Garcia and Zab Judah the big rivalry in boxing. New York City, Barclays, we back!
BT: What happened with the Lamont Peterson situation?
ZJ: I mean, there were some things we couldn't get correct under the circumstances, you know what I'm sayin'. We couldn't put together a couple of dead presidents and it didn't want to come together under the right situation, so the fight wasn't able to happen. But, you know, good luck to Lamont Peterson and his career and his future. That's my homie before boxing and all of that. I wish him and Kendall Holt well if they fight. I'm going to go out and do me and down the line, we don't know what life calls for.
BT: Well it might be a blessing in disguise, because it looks like you may get a chance to fight for multiple titles instead, and in your hometown.
ZJ: Oh yeah! You know what? It was my dream, you know what I'm sayin. My dream is to unify the jr. welterweight division. I unified the welterweight division, you know what I'm sayin. I was the undisputed welterweight champion of the world. I'm telling you right now as we speak, it's not even Thanksgiving yet, it's not even Halloween yet, and I'm telling you by next year, Zab Judah will be the undisputed jr. welterweight champion of the world.
BT: You got a chance to see Danny Garcia up close and personal on Saturday night. What are your thoughts on him and how a fight between you two would play out?
ZJ: I mean, listen man, boxing is a rivalry. Golden Boy Promotions, they are business people. They believe in selling out arenas. That's their job, to sell out the Barclays Center. Danny Garcia is a fighter; Zab Judah is a fighter. Our obligation is to go in there and win, you know what I'm sayin'. That makes two competitive people. Danny Garcia is a young kid. He's undefeated, you know what I'm sayin'. He's hungry. Zab Judah is known for eating donuts all day. I eat donuts. Anybody come out here with a donut, I eat it. I take it. Lucas Matthysse, ask him! I take 0's. Vernon Paris, ask him! I eat 'em. I take 'em away, so Danny Garcia, I feel like eating donuts at the top of January.
BT: Amir Khan was supposed to be his toughest challenge to date, but he took care of him pretty easily. Would you say you're a more dangerous opponent than Amir Khan turned out to be for him?
ZJ: You know what? I don't put no pedestal on myself. I let the public decide that, you know what I'm sayin'. Let them decide. My only thing is that I just gotta be champ. That's it. I'm gonna win and I'm gonna win in great fashion, you know what I'm sayin'. I'm just excited coming to the Barclays Center just to bring people together and come out and have a great night. That's all I pray for. I pray for both of our health and that we go in there and come out the same way that both fighters went in there, you know what I'm sayin'. I just pray more for the victory for myself. That's it.
BT: I saw you were at the Showtime offices the other day. I'm sure it's not 100%, but is it pretty much looking like that's going to be the next fight then?
ZJ: Well the best thing I got going for me, Zab Judah, right now is I got a network [Showtime] and I got an arena [Barclays Center], so I'm ready to rock and roll (laughing).
BT: You're still a free agent still, right?
ZJ: Yeah, I'm signed to myself. I mean, you know what I'm sayin'. I answer to myself, you know. I ask myself a question and then I answer it (laughing). I love it. I mean, it goes like this, man. When you're dealing with people sometimes, people can mess you over, you know what I'm sayin'. I know one thing about myself is I'm not going to jip myself (laughing). It feels good to be representing myself because I know I'm not going to play myself, you know what I'm sayin'. No way. I'm just focused on going in there, having a good time, and making Super Judah Promotions everything that Top Rank, Golden Boy, Don King Promotions, Main Events, you know, Prize Fight, every promotional company that I've worked with, just take everything that I've learned and put it all in one and make SJP the hottest thing on the block.
BT: Do you think people have constantly underestimated you throughout your career and maybe that's why they're always quick to write you off before being forced to say that you're back time and time again?
ZJ: I mean, you know what? I'm going to give them the best that I've got. Listen, I don't live my life for people. I live my life for the Lord. The Lord know I ain't perfect. I'm far from perfect. I make mistakes, but I try to do the right thing, you know what I'm sayin'. When you're living like that and you're living for that, you don't worry about what people say about you. You find out in life, it's hit or miss, you know what I'm sayin'. When you win, they your friends. Win you lose, they're not. You're only as good as your last performance. I've learned that in boxing. I lost to Amir Khan and they were talking all that smack. I came back in March and knocked out Vernon Paris, and Zab's back (laughing). You know what I mean? I mean, you know, it's people; it's opinionated. If you worry about what someone's opinion is or you base your life on what somebody else thinks about you, I mean, that's not my life. We're not living like that, you know what I mean?
BT: No doubt. So are they talking about doing that fight in January 2013?
ZJ: Yeah, we looking at January 2013.
BT: That's wassup. Well give me some closing thoughts before I let you get out of here.
ZJ: I'm happy and very excited. I'm on my way to Vegas to get back to work, you know what I'm sayin'. I just plan on holding my city down. There was a reason why I tattooed Brooklyn across my back. Now it all plays out. I got Brooklyn on my back so I'm ready. Now we got an arena, we got a network, and we're ready to go. Follow me on Twitter @SuperJudah. Follow me on Facebook at ZabdielJudah.
BT: You don't have an Instagram account (laughing)?
ZJ: Yeah, yeah. And my Instagram is ZabJudah.