Noah Zuhdi Defeats German Jurado of Panama for WBU Lightweight Championship
By David Ruff, Doghouse Boxing (Oct 4, 2012)
By David Ruff, Doghouse Boxing. Noah Zuhdi, 16 and 1, of Oklahoma City made his city and family proud by
winning the WBU lightweight championship on September 20, 2012, at the
Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.
This was known as “the
fight for glory,” and it made Oklahoma history. This was the first
title fight of its kind ever held in the Sooner State. Don “Moose”
Lewis, president of the WBU, said, “I knew Oklahoma City was recognized
worldwide for its commitment to big-time sporting events. Now it’s also
added a world-champion boxer in Noah Zuhdi.”
According to Lewis,
the WBU was the subject of a recent Academy Award-winning film, “The
Fighter,” based on the life of Mickey Ward. Such legendary boxers as
Mickey Ward, Ricky Hatton, Thomas Hearns, and George Foreman have won
the WBU title in the past, and now we can add Noah Zuhdi.
the opening bell it was apparent that the fight would be an epic, as
both fighters were skilled, powerful, and determined to win a world
title. The first few rounds scored fairly even. But Zuhdi began to
distinguish himself and clearly pulled away. The championship was
scored by three judges: two had it as 116-112, the other had it as
It was obvious that Jurado is a tough, smart fighter
and clearly planned to bring the belt back to Panama. Joe Louis II, the
son of the legendary Brown Bomber, an executive for the WBU, was very
impressed with what he saw in Oklahoma City. “The Zuhdi-Jurado fight was
the best I’ve seen in ten years,” he said.
On a personal note,
I’m extremely proud to know Noah as a friend and believe he’s a great
asset for the sport of boxing, and a true champ both in and out of the
ring. Noah is also a practicing lawyer. His father is a lawyer. His
mother, Darla, is a singer who has worked with some of the best in the
country and has performed with such greats as Willie Nelson and Wayne
Newton in Las Vegas.
I first got to know Noah Zuhdi through
Buck Smith. I wrote a story on him for Ringsports magazine when he
first started out in boxing. He was a class act from the beginning. He
has made his family and Oklahoma proud. Way to go, Noah! Keep that
belt in Oklahoma.
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