Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Former two-division champion Zab Judah was expected to make his long return to the ring when he was slated to take on Hevinson Herrera in a slated 10-round super lightweight bout Thursday at The Space at Westbury in Westbury, Long Island.
However, the two men decided they could not wait until Thursday night to get things going, as they both got into an altercation, resulting in Herrera claiming he suffered an injury and the fight was cancelled.
Judah (42-9, 29ko’s) has not fought since 2013 when he dropped a 12-round unanimous decision against Paulie Malignaggi back in 2013. That bout was for the vacant NABF welterweight title and despite starting fast in that one, Judah faded during the middle rounds and late to suffer his third defeat in his last four fights.
The 37-year-old Judah will have to wait a bit longer to get a chance to knock off the rust against a journeymen fighter in Columbia’s Herrera (18-11-1, 12ko’s), who had dropped seven of his last 11 fights.
“I’ve been doing this for 25 years, and I think I’ve seen everything there is to see until the next show,” promoter Greg Cohen said. “I’ve seen guys fight at a weigh-in, a press conference, but I’ve never seen a main event fall apart because they fought at a weigh-in. It’s insane. Only in boxing can this nonsense happen.”
According to Cohen, the scuffle happened as both men were waiting in line with other boxers on the card doing all their pre-fight medical forms.
“They were next to each other in line, and Herrera, who doesn’t speak a word of English, apparently said something to Judah,” said Cohen. “And it ended up with Herrera kind of head-butting Zab, and then Zab punched him. Although most people think he punched him in the chest, Herrera said he got hit in the head, that his head hurts, and the kid said he can’t fight, so the doctor said he can’t fight.”
Per reports, Cohen added that the New York State Athletic Commission told him there would be a disciplinary hearing for the fighters, although Judah, who did weigh in, would still be allowed to fight if Cohen could manage to secure a new opponent to weigh in Thursday morning.
The chances of that would be remote, which means Cohen will have to shuffle the card around a bit and perhaps Steve Geffrard’s cruiserweight clash would be moved to the main event. Cohen did add the card will go on as scheduled.
Geffrard (12-2, 7ko’s) will take on Cory Cummings (18-9-1, 13ko’s) in a scheduled eight-round cruiserweight contest.
Rest of the card is as followed.
Jesus Gutierrez (13-0-1, 4ko’s) will take on Roberto Acevedo (13-14-3, 1ko) in a six-round super lightweight contest, while Dave Meloni (3-1) goes up against Micah Branch (2-15-1), who has dropped seven straight and 12 of his last 17, in a four-round super featherweight bout.
Bienvenido Diaz (2-0, 2ko’s) will take on Victor Vasquez (3-1) in a four-round super featherweight tilt.
The always popular Tommy “Razor” Rainone (23-6-1, 5ko’s) will meet Francisco Javier Reza (15-14, 12ko’s) in a six-round middleweight fight.
In a featured female bout, top-ranked super featherweight Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano (24-1-1, 18ko’s) clashes with Fatuma Zarika (24-11-2, 14ko’s) in a six-round rematch.
Editor’s Note: Updated as Thursday morning.