Judah – No one can help Khan in the ring on July 23
By William Mackay: IBF light welterweight champion Zab Judah (41-6, 28 KO’s) is being overrun by British followers of WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (25-1, 17 KO’s) on Judah’s twitter site daily and being told that Khan is going to beat him on July 23 in their fight at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Judah, 33, a lot more calm and down to earth since he found religion, is generally amused by the Khan supporters and seems to like the back and forth written sparring between him and them.
Yesterday, Judah said this to Khan’s supporters that seemed to shut them up: “It don’t matter what you say. No one can help him in the ring with me.”
Judah is correct. Khan’s fans won’t be there to help bail Khan out when the going gets tough on July 23 and take the shots for him. And there won’t be a referee working the fight that breaks up the action on the inside like in Khan’s bout against Marcos Maidana last December. If Khan is going to win this fight, he’s going to have to do it by being able to take Judah’s best shots and look to either out point him with his jabs and flurries or hope to take him out quick with some power shots.
Knowing Khan’s trainer Freddie Roach, he’ll likely try to get Khan to blitz Judah early to minimize the risks involved for Khan. Roach knows that the longer the fight goes the better the odds are that Judah will land one of his big uppercuts and knock Khan out cold. It only takes one punch from Judah to end a fight, and Khan appears to have a weaker chin than some of Judah’s recent knockout victims. This means that Khan will have to either plan on running for 12 rounds or by jumping on Judah early and going for broke in an all or nothing attack. I’d suggest Khan try and steamroll Judah early, because Khan weakens as the rounds go by and loses power on his shots.
Khan looked exhausted against Paul McCloskey in April and was completely worn out by the 10th round against Maidana. Roach points to Judah as having stamina problems but yet fails to mention that Khan also has the same problems. Khan’s knockouts come early and he wears out fast when pressured hard. He can fight well against light punchers like Paulie Malignaiggi if he’s not pushed hard and is allowed to fight at a leisurely pace, but if you go after him the way that Maidana did or make him miss a lot the way that McCloskey did, Khan wears down like an old clock.
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