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The Knockout Punch
Noah Zuhdi Blasts Vajda in Two, Retains Title
by Phillip Przybylo
In front of a packed house last night at the Lucky Star Casino in Oklahoma, WBU Lightweight Champion Noah Zuhdi did not disappoint in the partisan crowd as he knocked out clever counter-puncher Gyula
Vajda in the second round to defend his championship.
Zuhdi (17-1, 13 KOs) came out strong and Vajda (12-4, 8 KOs), came out stubborn in the first stanza. In a lightening quick exchange in the center of the ring, Zuhdi followed up a jab with a thudding straight right, right as Vajda was trying to counter. The flash knockdown seemed to only wake the Hungarian up, however. Vajda began fighting at a heightened sense and temporarily stunned Zuhdi with a counter left that the champion described as "the second hardest I've ever been hit with."
Dickie Wood, Zuhdi's trainer, explained afterward, "He just got away from the gameplan. That's all it was. He wasn't moving around enough. I did my best to set him straight and get him back on the right page, the gameplan. And he did."
To his credit, Zuhdi stayed composed and did little to show any effects at the tail-end of the first round. Sensing his opponent's confidence growing, the champion stepped up the pace and became more aggressive early in the second round. The fireworks continued when Zuhdi threw an overhand, tomahawk-like right hand that severely rocked Vajda, leaving him nearly helpless on the ropes.
With the end near, Zuhdi threw a vicious combination to send his opponent sprawling to the floor. Vajda tried to rise and failed once before finally standing up before the count of ten. But with Vajda out on his feet, the referee could not let it continue and correctly called it off, sealing Zuhdi's first successful defense.
"You train for twelve," Wood said, "But you hope for quick fights like this. Noah's a disciplined fighter, a clean liver, takes care of himself, and he's great to train. This is two exciting fights in a row and he's still learning and improving."
Zuhdi followed up, "I knew I had to do something quick in the second because I could see his demeanor change after the first knockdown. It was a great win. I give my opponent a lot of credit -- he hit hard, he stayed in there, and he fought to get up (after getting knocked down). I'm happy with the result, but I'm looking forward to what's next."
What's next for Zuhdi was the talk of insiders after the fight. Anyone between Oisin Fagan and a possibly returning Graham Earl was being mentioned for his next fight. Ricky Burns is always looming for lightweights, too, even if his dance card is full at the moment. Whoever is next, they will be facing a boxer-puncher who is coming into his own and has reinvigorated Oklahoma boxing.
catBOX Entertainment's other regular, super middleweight prospect Bo Gibbs, Jr. soundly defeated Warren Walker when Walker did not answer the bell for Round Six. Gibbs moves his record up to 9-0.
Noah Zuhdi wins WBU World Lightweight Championship Title Belt by Unanimous Decision
Noah Zuhdi wins WBU World Lightweight Championship Title!
Zuhdi defeats Jurado for the WBU World Lightweight Championship
September 20, 2012, Cox Center, Oklahoma City, OK USA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Noah Zuhdi (16-1), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA defeats German Jurado (12-3), Changuinola, Panamafor the WBU World Lightweight Championship
Displaying a stunning combination of stamina, strategy and a powerful sense of purpose, Oklahoma City native Noah Zuhdi, by unanimous decision after 12 rounds, defeated Panamanian boxer German Jurado to win the World Boxing Union’s championship in front of a hometown crowd who, as one, responded with fervor their new world champion.
“As the crowd awaited the judges’ decisions after the 12th round,you could have heard a pin drop,” said Don “Moose” Lewis, President of the World Boxing Union. “I’ve been in some area of boxing my whole life and have never heard such a roar as when Zuhdi was announced the new WBU World Lightweight Champion."
Held on September 20, 2012 at the CoxConvention Center, and produced by catBOX Entertainment, the battle, known as “A Fight For Glory” made Oklahoma history – it was the first title fight ever of its kind to be held in the SoonerState.
“I know that Oklahoma City has been recognized world wide for its commitment to big time sporting events," Lewis said. “Now it can proudly add to its new NBA team and resurgent downtown area, a world championship boxer in Noah Zuhdi.
According to Lewis, the WBU, subject of the recent Academy Award winning film ‘The Boxer,’ has had a litany of boxing legends win its title in years previous. WBU World Champions have included Micky Ward and Ricky Hatton. “Now to the names Thomas Hearns and George Foreman we have added Noah Zuhdi,” Lewis said.
Lewis continued "I am proud to have been a small part in the historic event in Oklahoma featuring a gentleman such as Noah Zuhdi. Rarely does any boxing organization have the privilege of a class act representing them, and to have Noah to do such, as well as him being an exciting , entertaining, tenacious fighter, is simply fantastic. It is my hope, that Oklahoma City realizes there is a new major league franchise in town-and it's Noah Zuhdi."
From the opening bell, it was apparent the fight had the makings of an epic, as both Zuhdi and Jurado were skilled, powerful and determined to win the world title. While the first few rounds scored fairly even, Zuhdi began to distinguish himself and clearly pull away. The championship was scored by two judges at 116-112 and the other at 117-111.
“It was obvious Jurado was a tough and smart fighter who clearly planned to take the title belt back to Panama,” said Joe Louis II, son of the legendary “Brown Bomber,” who is also an executive of the WBU. Louis was impressed with what he saw in Oklahoma City. “Zuhdi-Jurado was the best fight I’ve seen in ten years,” he said. “And on a personal note, I’m incredibly proud to know Noah as a friend and I believe he is an extremely great asset for the sport of boxing. He is a true champion, both inside and out.”
In the under card bouts, catBOX fighter Bo Gibbs, Jr. (7-0, 4 KOs) won by unanimous decision over Lyle Barron in a six round match, while Heavyweight Ron “The Iceman” Aubrey scored a KO 1:16 minutes into the second round of his battle, defeating Alonzo Toney of Inglewood, CA. Vicente Heranaez then triumphed over Octavio Garay by unanimous decision in a four round lightweight bout.
It was an unforgettable night of boxing in Oklahoma with a fight of the ages in the Main Event for the WBU World Title.
WBU World Lightweight Championship Title Fight 7:00 p.m. September 20, 2012 at The Cox Center,
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Noah Zuhdi (15-1, 12 KOs), Oklahoma City, OK, USA
German Jurado (12-2, 4 KOs), Panama City, Panama
When: 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 20, 2012
Where: The Cox Center, Oklahoma City, OK, USA.
PRESS RELEASE: Oklahoma City Lands TKO by Hosting Its First Ever WBU Title Fight
As yet another sterling example of Oklahoma City’s ascent into the league of major sporting events, the World Boxing Union recently announced that local fans of the sport will be able to experience live the first ever WBU title fight in the history of Oklahoma on September 20 at the Cox Convention Center.
Known as “The Fight for Glory,” the battle will feature, the first title fight of any kind in the area in the past 40 years, local Oklahoma City favorite Noah Zuhdi (15-1, 12 KOs) against German Jurado (12-2 4, KOs), Panama City, Panama, with the winner receiving a belt as the WBU champion, a title that has recently international attention with a little help from Hollywood.
“Noah and German are fighting for the exact same title as did Mickey Ward, subject of the award winning film ‘The Fighter,’ said Don “Moose” Lewis, president of the WBU. “Because of that film, our belt is one of the most recognized in the world of boxing and I can’t wait for the fans inOklahoma City to be able to see us put it on the winner of this fight live and in person.”
Originally founded by Englishman John Robinson, a former boxing official, the WBU sanctioning group is currently among the five top of its kind in the country and features legitimate fighters, many in the earliest stages of long term, successful careers in the ring.
"Our association boasts having Joe Louis III as one of top executives,” Lewis said, “while many members of our board have deep connections to American boxing legends, such as Rocky Marciano. WBU former champions have ranged from George Foreman to Thomas ‘Hitman” Hearns.”
According to Lewis, hometown favorite Noah Zuhdi, currently the USA Oklahoma State Lightweight Champion, holds a marked distinction in the world of boxing
“Noah is a licensed practicing attorney in Oklahoma City. His strict training regimen and approachable manner have made him extremely popular in fighting circles,” he said. “He is extremely methodical in the ring – he comes in with a plan and doesn’t let up until he has it completed.”
While Panamanian Jurado has yet to make his mark in American boxing, Lewis says that he will be the toughest opponent Zuhdi has faced in his career.
“I expect this fight to go down to the last second, the last punch,” he said.
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Undefeated prospect catBOX's super middleweight Bo Gibbs, Jr. (6-0, 4 KOs)
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Featherweight Vicente Hernandez (3-1, 2 KOs)
Lightweight Octavio Garay (0-2, KO 1)
Cruiserweight Antonio Mays (2-0, 1 KO)
Heavyweight Darren DeLaune (1-0, 1 KO)
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In a thrilling bout, Michael Medina (25-3, 19 KOs), Monterry, Mexico, defeated former champion Grady Brewer (28-14, 16 KOs), Lawton, Oklahoma, in a ten round decision, winning the NABF Junior Middleweight Title belt. Presented by catBOX Entertainment in Oklahoma City, OK at the Cox Convention Center, the bout was scored 92-99, 92-98, 92-99. catBOX president Bill Zuhdi said, "the beauty of the human spirit was shown in the ring tonight by Grady and Michael, two world class athletes, and showed what man can accomplish when seeking excellence."
Other fights on the card included an exciting super middleweight bout between catBOX fighter, and former National Golden Gloves Champ, Bo Gibbs, Jr. (5-0, 3 KOs) and Alfred Walker (0-1). Gibbs won by unanimous decision, the bout being scored at 40-35, 39-36, and 40-35. A fan favorite, Gibbs delivered his blows with precision and talent. Walker was a game opponent and the intense bout was enjoyed by the entire fight crowd.
Popular Heavyweight Ron "The Iceman" Aubrey (11-3, 11 KOs) was knocked out :51 seconds into the second round by Terrell Woods (2-1, 2 KOs), of Fort Worth, Texas. And in another exciting bout, welterweight Kyle Sherman (10-3-1, 6 KOs) lost by TKO 1:53 minutes into the third round.
It was a great night of professional boxing at the Cox Center.
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"Noah Zuhdi is one of the brightest young boxing talents to come out of Oklahoma in decades. Not only are his boxing skills and work ethics some of the best I have ever witnessed but his character is beyond reproach. He wants to become a world champion boxer; in addition to that, he has followed in his father's footsteps and has become an attorney. I have no doubt he will someday attain the goals he has set for himself." Joe Miller, director of the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission, as quoted in Distinctly Oklahoma November '09 magazine.
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