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Judah looks in the best shape of his career; Khan is going to have problems

By William Mackay: IBF light welterweight champion Zab Judah is in such incredible shape for tomorrow’s fight that even WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan was admiring how he looked at Friday’s weight-in. Judah’s trainer Pernell Whitaker has worked him into the best shape of Judah’s career.

He’s never looked this cut up and muscular before, even earlier in Judah’s career when he was dominating the light welterweight division. Whitaker and Victor Conte have Judah in amazing condition for the fight with Khan. It was kind of amusing watching the weigh-in because when Khan posed, he looked skinny nothing like a fighter. Khan just looked all around bad. But when Judah posed, he looked like a Greek statue. He’s worked hard to get into this kind of shape and his trainer has reportedly fixed Judah’s problems with his stamina.


Khan had problems in his last fight against southpaw Paul McCloskey last April, but McCloskey has none of the hand speed, power or the counter punching ability that Judah possesses. McCloskey couldn’t make Khan pay for all the punches he was throwing and missing in their fight, but the southpaw Judah will make Khan pay.

It’s sad that one of these fighters has to lose tomorrow night, but I see it being Khan. I think he’s going to get beaten to the punch over and over again, and pretty badly exposed. You could see it in his eyes when he was looking at Judah at the weigh-in, as if Khan was thinking ‘I really stepped in it this time. I’m trouble now.’

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