What Will The Excuses Be After Khan Wins Again?
By Anthony Starkson: After reading some biased, one-sided articles about Khan from unnamed, talentless writers, I have decided to give my view on the Khan-Judah fight July 23rd at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. In this fight, you have a thoroughbred in Amir Khan, 25(17)-1, who is destined to become boxing next bright star. He was a silver medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics and had a nice start to his career before getting viciously knocked out in under a minute at the hands of Breidis Presscott.
Khan then relocated to the Wildcard Gym in Los Angeles to train under legendary ring tactician Freddie Roach. From there, he has rattled off seven consecutive wins, with four coming by way of knockout. Now, he steps in with an experienced fighter in Zab Judah, which I definitely think will be a stern test for the 24 year old Khan.
Zab Judah rose to prominence after becoming the undisputed champion at welterweight. From there, though, he slowly declined, losing in successive bouts to Carlos Baldomir and Floyd Mayweather Jr. and later on to Miguel Cotto and Joshua Clottey. He has recently risen to contention once again, recording five straight wins, three of them coming by way knockout. In his last fight, he scored a spectacular knock out against South Africa’s Kaizer Mabuza for the vacant IBF Light Welterweight title. Judah was down once in the forth, but came back nicely to knock out Mabuza.
Now, this is where the fight gets interesting. Both fighters have questionable chins. Personally, I think Khan’s chin is sturdier because he was able to withstand the Maidana onslaught in the tenth round of their fight in December, 2010. Khan showed tremendous heart and poise in that fight, but his defense did look a little shaky. Needless to say, Judah has been knocked out savagely against Kostya Tszyu, and was knocked down in his previous two fights, the last being against Mabuza who, at best, is a slightly above average puncher.
Judah possesses a sizzling uppercut, but Khan will be able to handle it because Judah does not get in close like Maidana, who did punish Khan with some uppercuts. At this point in both of the fighters’ careers, Khan has more speed, athleticism, stamina, and a slightly better chin, which I think will break down Judah in the later rounds. My prediction would be that Khan and Judah will stay close on the scorecards in the first four rounds, but by the fifth round, Khan’s speed, reach, and ring generalship will take over. Until the fight, though, I’ll let the nameless writers think of some extremely lame excuses that they will no doubt be using after Khan wins. Khan by TKO 11.