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The City of St. Louis will witness its first major boxing event in years on Saturday. This event has been made possible due to the success of Welterweight champion Cory Spinks, the legacy of the Spinks name in St. Louis, and the support of the local business community along with the political establishment. Don King was given an offer he couldn't refuse to host this fight at the Savvis Center which is a venue that has never hosted a major boxing event and is showing its inexperience in its dealing with the public and the press in the days leading up to the fight..


Zab Judah will be facing a hostile crowd on February 5th and many St. Louisans have made their voices heard regarding their dislike of the Brooklyn native. During the press conference for the event unruly fans shouted profane insults toward Zab and his father Yoel Judah. A chant of "f*** New York" emerged form the crowd.


This is a crowd that included dozens of local St. Louis gang-members and a host of other thugs who joined boxing fans and curious onlookers. For the first time in my memory, and I have been to dozens of sports arenas across the US, I witnessed drug-dealers and gang-members openly  discuss their trade, schedule drug-transactions, snort heroin, shoot-dice in the lobby, and speak of their desire to riot of Spinks loses. The environment at the Savvis Center more closely resembled that of a prison social than a regulated sporting event.


An environment like this shouldn't intimidate the Brooklyn-native Judah and his entourage. He grew-up in a rough environment on the streets of Brooklyn and will have in his corner his father, a ten-time former world kickboxing champion and two-brothers who are professional boxers along with private security provided by Don King.


Judah has publicly stated that "the judges can stay at home" he is seeking to end this fight by knockout rather than face the wrath of the inexperienced Missouri judges. Of course this talk does not

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