Danny Garcia has verified that a rib injury suffered in sparring has forced him to withdraw from a scheduled February 9 title defense against Zab Judah.
Rumors of the cancellation started late Saturday night with speculation that Garcia was pulling out for reasons ranging from "lack of focus" to suffering a hand injury
. Garcia told ESPN that the rib injury occurred on January 19 during a sparring session with veteran DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley:
Every time I breathed hard, I felt like I was being stabbed. I talked to my manager (Al Haymon) and said, 'Give me until Saturday, and if I can spar, I'll do the fight.' But I wasn't mobile enough. It was tender and hurting and I couldn't do it. I didn't want to go into a big fight with a bad rib. There's a lot to lose. So it's best to listen to the doctor. I'll give it a few weeks and hopefully I'll be back in there in April. I'm still fighting Judah. I still want to fight him. I'll still give Judah his butt whipping.
Golden Boy Promotions is looking to salvage the fight by moving it to April 27 and keeping it at the Barclays. The new date has also been tentatively viewed as the target date for Shane Mosley's comeback should Paulie Malignaggi elect to face him.
At press time, Zab Judah has continued his public tirades against Danny Swift via Twitter.
Hate it when fights get postponed... If it does turn out its due to him not taking training serious then He should get some serious verbal assaulting lol