Judah solid $3.00 choice

Oct 30, 2001 8:19 AM

Zab Judah is a solid $3.00 favorite to defeat Kosta Tszyu for the undisputed 140-pound junior welterweight title Saturday night 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.

Ultimate defense for Couture

Randy Couture will put up his heavyweight title to highlight Ultimate Fighting Championships 34 this Friday night 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).