Judah: Khan isn’t going to be able to run from me
By William Mackay: If WBA World light welterweight champion Amir Khan (25-1, 17 KO’s) thinks he’s going to be able to run from IBF light welterweight champion Zab Judah (41-6, 28 KO’s) on July 23 in their Las Vegas fight, Khan might want to think twice about that.
Judah, 33, dismissed Khan’s running as impossibility, saying to fighthub “Khan can’t run from me; that aint going to happen.”
The way that Judah said these words it left me with no doubt that he means it. Khan was able to do a good job of running from Marcos Maidana for nine rounds in his 12 round decision win over Maidana last December, but even the slow-footed Maidana was able to catch up with Khan and stagger him in the 10th.
Khan’s legs were like rubber during the last three rounds of the fight. No doubt from all the running he had been doing in the fight. Judah is a lot quicker on his feet and better at cutting off the ring. He’ll step in front of Khan and literally force him to fight.
Look for a lot of holding by Khan when Judah gets near him. Judah has the perfect remedy for Khan’s holding around the neck and his tendency to grab one of his opponents’ arms while fighting. Judah will nail Khan with uppercuts to make him let go. If the referee doesn’t step in and penalize Khan for his holding, Judah will take care of Khan himself. Khan may have to come up with some different tricks to beat Judah other than by running and holding in the fight. Those are strategies that a professional like Judah knows how to deal with.
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