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Khan vs. Judah fight expected to be completed by this Friday

Amir Khan Zab JudahBy Jason Kim: A unification fight between WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (25-1, 17 KO’s) and IBF champion Zab Judah (41-6, 28 KO’s) is expected to be completed by this Friday, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. Khan had been hoping to fight WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, but he wants to sit it out for a while.

The two will likely meet up in 2012, if Khan doesn’t move up in weight before then. Khan had been also looking at fights against Erik Morales and Roberto Guerrero. Marcos Maidana, a past Khan opponent, was never seriously considered.

The Judah-Khan fight will be interesting because it will be the first opponent that Khan has faced that has fast hand speed like himself. Khan has been facing guys with either really slow hands, like Paul McCloskey, or fighters with average speed like Andriy Kotelnik during his career. Judah is going to be a much faster fighter than what Khan has been accustomed to. But what makes Judah more dangerous is his punching power. He’s got excellent power, especially with his uppercuts. Khan is almost the perfect opponent for Judah, because of Khan’s tendency to want to tie up his opponents in clinches when in close. This will give Judah ample opportunities to hit Khan with uppercuts when he goes to tie up.

If Khan isn’t smart about it, he may get knocked out early by Judah because it only takes one big uppercut from Judah and he could have Khan out cold. Khan will have to stay on the move virtually the entire fight because if he slows down to do his usual clinching, things could be bad for him.

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