Khan-Judah looks like it will happen with a 55-45 purse split in Khan’s favor
By Eric Thomas: The much talked about fight between WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan and IBF champion Zab Judah looks like it’s going to happen, according to boxing news from Dan Rafael on his twitter page. Rafael said “Both sides tell me they’d take 55-45 in Khan’s favor.” This sounds good, because Judah had been holding out for a 50-50 deal in order to take the fight. But accepting a 55-45 deal isn’t that bad, and Judah can certainly make the most of it by knocking Khan out and taking his WBA belt off of him.
A big knockout win for Judah against Khan would almost certainly put Judah in the express lane for a future fight against big money fighter Manny Pacquiao as long as Judah can continue winning for one or two more fights while he waits for Pacquiao’s schedule to clear up. Rafael says the issue that Judah and Khan are going over right now is the venue for their fight. Judah wants Atlantic City, New Jersey in order to be close to his Brooklyn, New York roots, while Richard Schaefer, the CEO Of Golden Boy Promotions, wants his fighter Khan to fight in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Khan was hoping to get a fight against WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, but he’s not ready to take the fight with Khan just yet. With Bradley off the table, Judah is the next best available fighter for Khan in terms of popularity. They might have been able to match against lightweight Roberto Guerrero, but he doesn’t bring in the same interest as Judah and he might be a problem for Khan because unlike Judah, Guerrero likes to throw a lot of punches and he could turn out to be a nightmare. Judah is dangerous for Khan in another way. With Judah’s power, he’s more likely to win by knockout rather than outworking Khan for a decision. With Judah, there will be a constant danger that he could catch Khan with a big shot and knock him cold.