Tszyu live underdog

October 23, 2001 8:30 AM
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Zab Judah is a solid $3.00 favorite to defeat Kosta Tszyu for the undisputed 140-pound junior welterweight title Nov. 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The bout was originally slated for Uncasville, Conn., but a dispute between promoter Vlad Warton and one of the boxing commissioners caused the change of venue.

The two fighters set up November’s huge matchup with victories in Connecticut last June. Tszyu (27-1-1) unanimously outpointed Oktay Urkal at the Mohegan Sun Casino to retain the WBA and WBC junior welterweight titles.

Judah (27-0) knocked out Denmark’s Allan Vester at 2:58 of the third round on the same card to defend his IBF title. The two fighters agreed to unify the crown the same night, signing for the November showdown.

Judah has successfully defended his belt five times. Tszyu is Russian-born and lives in Australia.

Lewis predicts win in rematch

The rematch for the WBC and IBF heavyweight title between champion Hasim Rahman and former champ Lennox Lewis is slated for Nov. 17 at Mandalay Bay.

Despite losing the title to Rahman via knockout, Lewis is a $5.00 favorite to regain the belt. Rahman, 35-2 with 29 knockouts, is a $3.50 underdog. Lewis is 38-2-1 with 29 knockouts and had not lost a fight in seven years until Rahman came through with a stunning fifth-round KO last April.

“It wasn’t an upset to me or anyone in my camp,” said Rahman, who is training in Big Bear, Calif. “I know I was going to beat Lennox Lewis and I did. I will defeat him again in Las Vegas on Nov. 17.”

Lewis says he more determined now and predicts victory.

“I plan on being in the best shape and the most focused I have ever been in my career to regain the titles,” he said.

Tickets are priced at $1,200 down to $100 and are on sale in the Mandalay Bay Box Office and all TicketMaster outlets. To order tickets by phone, call (702) 632-7580 or toll free (877) 632-7400.

Ultimate defense for Couture

Randy Couture will put up his heavyweight title to highlight Ultimate Fighting Championships 34 on Friday, Nov. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Couture will face top contender Pedro Rizzo to highlight the eight-bout card that features three other heavyweight fights. It will be a rematch for Rizzo, who lost to a unanimous decision to Couture on May 4 in Atlantic City.

Couture is making the third defense of his heavyweight crown, which he won for the second time last November in Atlantic City.

The other heavyweight fights feature Ricco Rodriguez against Pete Williams, John Barnett opposing Bobby Hoffman and Roberto Traven facing Las Vegas resident Frank Mir.

There will be three other fights on the card. Tickets are $300, $200, $100 and $50 and can be purchased at the Grand Garden Arena box office, all TicketMaster outlets or ordered on pay per view for $29.95.

For more information contact Josh Hedges (702-221-4791) or Jack Taylor (221-4790 or 349-0176).

Leonard checking into casino buy

Former boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard said he is interested in pursuing a casino project in Las Vegas.

Leonard attended the 15th annual World Gaming Congress & Expo last week at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. While no deals have been set, Leonard said he had been approached with proposals on several occasions.

“It’s definitely something I’d consider,” Leonard told the Las Vegas Sun. “I’ve talked with a couple of people for years. There’s nothing concrete on the table right now.”