Zab Judah
Zab Judah remains hospitalized after his loss to fellow Brooklyn native, Cletus Seldin on Friday night. The former two-division world titleholder suffered brain bleeding following the match. showtime_sports / Flickr

Zab Judah remains hospitalized at the Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, New York after his match with Cletus Seldin on Friday night. The former two-division world titleholder suffered bleeding in his brain after his 11th-round knockout loss to the Hebrew Hammer.

“Judah is awake, communicating with his family and doctors and making progress,” Joe DeGuardia, Star Boxing promoter, told ESPN. “Beyond that, his family is requesting privacy at this time about his medical condition.”

The 41-year-old boxer was rushed to the hospital after nearly collapsing in his dressing room following the bout. Though he was initially released, he was then readmitted after “not feeling right”

DeGuardia recounted that it had been such a brutal fight that “we had Zab go to the hospital to get checked. It was a high-volume fight, no It was Judah’s first bout in over 17 months, and he took on fellow Brooklyn native Cletus Seldin in the junior welterweight main event. The two set a torrid pace and had a very physical fight. Seldin landed a powerful right hand that made Judah very unsteady in the third round, but Judah managed to get back up. Unfortunately, Seldin was in command and after a barrage of shots on Judah, the referee opted to stop the fight within less than 2 minutes of the 11th round.

t a minute to breathe kind of fight. Cletus was all over Zab for almost the entire fight.”

DeGuardia said after Judah was examined, he was released from the hospital and returned to the hotel with no issues

“I saw him at about 2:30 in the morning. He was with his family having food at the diner in the hotel and I was with my staff there. I talked to Zab for about 10 or 15 minutes.... He seemed fine. I went upstairs, but later at the diner, he wasn’t good and went back to the hospital” DeGuardia recounted to ESPN

Judah was at dinner when he began to feel uncomfortable. His family then called 911, and Judah was taken back to the hospital where they ran tests on him. The tests identified a brain bleed, and the boxer has been confined since. He is expected to be released on Tuesday.