Sharmba Mitchell, whose debut as a 147-pounder last month on the Mike Tyson-Kevin McBride undercard turned into an aborted five-round victory via technical decision, is getting a doozy for his second fight as a welterweight -- undisputed champion Zab Judah.
The fight is set for Sept. 3 and will be televised on Showtime. A site has not been determined.
"Coming off the commercial success of the Tyson event, we're making a strong effort to have the fight take place in the D.C. area," said Jeff Fried, a Washington-based agent who has served as Mitchell's longtime adviser and attorney. "This is definitely an East Coast fight."
Mitchell (56-4), from Takoma Park, and Judah (34-2), from Brooklyn, long have traded verbal jabs. But Mitchell, who will turn 35 a week before the bout, seemed almost deferential to Judah for giving him a chance at the title.
"Zab is a great fighter and I have all the respect in the world for him," Mitchell said. "We've said things to each other over the years, but at the end of the day it's a business. It shows what type of guy he is for him to say, 'Hey, here's a shot for you.' "
Mitchell, who spent 10 of his 17 years as a pro fighting at 140 pounds, lost both of his previous shots at undisputed titles to Kostya Tszyu at 140. Judah, 27, also was beaten by Tszyu at 140, but captured the WBC, WBA and IBF 147-pound belts with a ninth-round TKO of Cory Spinks in February. This will be the second defense of his belts.
-- Micah Pollack