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Mayweather Wins Welterweight Title Following In-Ring Melee
By Francis Walker
Updated: April 10, 2006
NEW YORK– Floyd Mayweather may have claimed the IBF welterweight championship from Zab Judah at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday, but not without controversy.
Judah (36-4, 24 KOs) hit Mayweather (36-0, 24 KOs) with a low-blow and a rabbit punch which prompted a near riot when Mayweather’s team entered the ring during the tenth round.
Judah’s promoter Don King believes that Mayweather should have been disqualified.
“When Roger Mayweather entered the ring, it disqualified the fight,” King said. “The Nevada Commission has the discretionary power to do as they may. They had the power to disqualify the fight, but they decided not to exercise that power.”
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) will conduct an investigation of the events that occurred in the tenth round. The melee began after Mayweather’s trainer and uncle Roger Mayweather entered the ring after his nephew was fouled twice by Judah.
Judah and his father Yoel swung at Roger, who was ejected from ringside. Both camps had a verbal and physical exchange of barbs which disrupted the flow of the match.
Mark Ratner of NSAC said: “I read the rule with my attorney general and, to paraphrase it, it says a referee ‘may’ disqualify a fighter if someone from his corner enters the ring,” Ratner said. “There is no automatic disqualification. It may be that way in some states, but the rule is not written like that in the Nevada statutes. Richard [Steele] could have disqualified [Mayweather], but he and I and my commissioners talked about it and he was not disqualified.”
Both Judah and King also contends that there is a video tape that shows Judah being choked by Roger Mayweather and that Judah did not intentionally hit Mayweather low.
“I take no credit from Mayweather, he is a great fighter.” Judah said. “I did not purposely hit Mayweather.”
Instead, both fighters finished the fight and Mayweather was awarded a unanimous decision and remained undefeated. The three judges scored the bout 119-109, 117-111, and 116-112 for Mayweather.
“The low blow hurt real bad,” Mayweather said. “He was ready to go when I got hit with the low blow. He was tired. I was breaking him down and he was tired. He was fatigued. He was ready to quit.”
Both fighters purses are being withheld, pending an investigation of the bout. Mayweather is expected to have earned $5 million to Judah’s $1 million.
Former Mayweather-Judah Opponents Collide For World Title
Carlos Baldomir, the man who cost Zab Judah the undisputed world welterweight championship on Jan. 7, will make the first defense of the WBC welterweight championship when he faces Arturo Gatti, the man Floyd Mayweather dethroned for the WBC junior welterweight championship in June 2005. The bout will occur at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ on July 22.
Gatti (40-7, 31 KOs) is one of the most popular fighters in boxing history. He has had many classic fights. His trilogy with Irish Micky Ward ranks among one of the greatest rivalries of all-time. Gatti’s two fights with Ivan Robinson, Tracy Harris Patterson, and Wilson Rodriguez to name a few.
Gatti is looking to end his career by claiming the world welterweight title.
Baldomir (42-9-6, 12 KOs), in perhaps the upset of 2006, spoiled Zab Judah’s New York homecoming in Jan. at Madison Square Garden. Baldomir overcame Judah’s hand speed and athleticism to claim the WBC title with a close unanimous decision victory.
Gatti-Baldomir will be broadcast live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Tickets are priced from $50 to $400.