Originally posted on Pro Boxing Fans  |  Last updated 3/5/12
In the late 1990s, Zab Judah was not only considered one of the premier prospects in the pro ranks, but a marketable commodity on the fast track to superstardom.  The strong, quick southpaw from Brooklyn seemed destined to become the next great American Welterweight in the late 1990s. What followed was a strange and disappointing period—capped off by the ugliest 2006 of any big name fighter—that saw Judah not only fall from talks of greatness but almost off the sport’s map, altogether.  Judah’s uneven push toward redemption will once again look to gain momentum, this time at the expense of an undefeated puncher looking to make a name for himself on the national stage. In contrast, while Judah’s career was in a state of distress, young Vernon Paris was struggling to make a life for himself on the notoriously dangerous streets of Detroit. Turning to boxing provided Paris an outlet for his troubles, yet was still ultimately unable to keep him out of trouble completely.  In 2006, 18-year-old
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