Can Khan live up to his bold talk?
By Sean McDaniel: If you listen to WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan talk you’d think he’s already a legend in the sport of boxing. Khan likes to self-promote and the picture he creates for himself doesn’t exactly fit with the actual reality of how he’s performed in his fights.
On July 23rd, Khan faces IBF light welterweight champion Zab Judah. Like always, Khan talks as if it’s a given that he’s going to beat Judah and move on to great things like a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr, who Khan already thinks he can beat. The Judah fight is somewhat of a proving ground for Khan.
Judah isn’t the best fighter in the division, and perhaps as low as number five or six, but if Khan can’t beat him than all his talk about himself will come to nothing. Khan was already beaten once by Breidis Prescott and nearly beaten again by an ordinary Marcos Maidana.
Those fights kind of gave a glimpse of how vulnerable Khan is. The boxing public for the most part bought Khan’s excuse that he was too light for the Prescott fight, but they won’t buy another excuse from Khan if he loses to Judah. This is a make or break fight for Khan. If he loses then he’s been exposed and will move down while Judah gets the fight that Khan was dreaming about.