Judah interested in Khan bout
By William Mackay: IBF light welterweight champion Zab Judah (41-6, 28 KO’s) is very interested in facing WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (25-1, 18 KO’s) after the fight that Judah was looking for against Manny Pacquiao failed to happen. Judah recently said his focus wasn’t Khan and that he wanted to fight Pacquiao. However, with Pacquiao’s team selecting 37-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez to fight in a catchweight bout in November and with the comments that Khan said about Judah recently in an article at boxingfutures.com, where Khan called Judah a runner, Judah has reversed course and is now eager to face Khan.
The question is whether Khan and his team want to take on a dangerous opponent like Judah? This isn’t one of Khan’s typical opponents that has neither hand speed or power. Judah has both and he could send Khan back to the domestic level if he connects with one of his big shots and knocks Khan out. Khan was already knocked out by Breidis Prescott in a 1st round KO.
For the most, with the exception of the slow but powerful Marcos Maidana, Khan has faced weak punchers since the Prescott fight. Judah would be a huge step up in terms of power and speed from the guys that Khan has been facing. This is really the best fight out there for Khan right now given that Timothy Bradley, the WBC/WBO light welterweight champion, is waiting for his contract to run out with his promoter before he takes on Khan.
There isn’t anyone else at light welterweight that Khan can fight, apart from Maidana, that will bring in the kind of money that Judah will. So, the question is whether Khan will take this fight or will he dig up another Paul McCloskey level fighter with zero power to pad his record with and continue to win, albeit against competition without a whole lot of power.
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