Khan does not want Panama Lewis anywhere near Judah
By John F. McKenna (McJack): It was reported by the Telegraph.co.uk that banned coach Panama Lewis has been spotted around the camp of International Boxing Federation (IBF) Light Welterweight Champion Zab Judah (41-6-2NC, 28 KO’s).
Judah will be squaring off against World Boxing Association (WBA) Light Welterweight Champion Amir Khan (25-1, 17 KO’s) Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Panama Lewis is one of the most notorious figures in modern boxing. He was banned from boxing and charged with assault and possession of a weapon. The weapon was his fighter’s fist. He had removed padding from his gloves prior to a match in 1983. Lewis was in prison from 1986 to 1990 for the crime.
Amir Khan’s business manager Asif Vali has made inquiries with the Nevada boxing authorities. “We’ve heard that this man is around their camp. We’re talking to the Nevada State Athletic Commission to make sure if this is true that he is not involved. He has no license and if he turns up on Saturday night he will not be allowed anywhere near the locker room or Judah’s corner. We have to protect Amir.”
Amir Khan is now the standard bearer for British boxing fans, in the wake of David Haye’s disastrous performance against Wladimir Klitscko on July 2 and in light of Ricky Hatton’s retirement. Khan is only too happy to accept that role.
Khan now spends much of his time in the USA and he acknowledges that he misses Great Britain. He won a Silver Medal at the 2004 Olympics for Great Britain when he was just 17 years old. Amir trains at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood when he is prepping for a fight.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be at ringside Saturday night. Mayweather has been mentioned as a possible future opponent for Floyd.
Amir, for his part, is patiently biding his time. At 24 years old he is only going to get better. He is progressing well and according to trainer Roach is well ahead of the game plan he had outlined for him.
Mayweather on the other hand at 34, is in the twilight of a brilliant career and is arguably the greatest defensive fighter of all time. Floyd is also a master ring tactician and strategist and is great at analyzing his opponents style and adapting during a fight
It would undoubtedly be in Amir’s Khan’s best interest to continue to allow his skills to
Improve for another year or so before he tangles with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
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