Khan: I’ve been put under more solid tests than Judah; he’s not at the elite level
By William Mackay: WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan was in fine form during a recent interview where he mentioned that he’s had more solid tests during his career than his next opponent IBF light welterweight champion Zab Judah, who Khan faces on July 23 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Khan said some very, very strange things during an interview at fight hub, saying “I don’t think he [Judah] is at the same level as me….I was put under more solid tests. I know whenever Zab moves up in class, he always gets beat. He’s at world class, but he’s not at the elite level. Mayweather beat him, Kostya Tszyu beat him, Miguel Cotto beat him, Clottey beat him. And these guys are not maybe world class, but maybe a bit above elite level. All those guys beat him.”
What’s weird about this interview is that Khan seems to be coming from up high, as if he’s proven that he’s better than Tszyu, Cotto, Mayweather and Clottey. I’m not a big fan of Clottey, but I certainly think Tszyu, Cotto and Mayweather are worlds better than Khan and would knock him cold if they were to fight him. Tszyu is retired but a prime Tszyu would be a nightmare for Khan. I can’t see Khan doing anything but getting knocked out against Tszyu.
Khan says he believes he’s been put in more solid tests than Judah has. That’s pretty amusing because the best fighters that Khan has faced during his career are as follows: Marcos Maidana, Breidis Prescott, Paulie Malignaggi, Marco Antonio Barrera, and Anthony Kotelnik. That’s it. Khan was knocked out by Prescott, and almost knocked out by Maidana. Khan did beat Maidana but looked terrible just hanging on for the last three rounds while Maidana pounded Khan with power shots. That wasn’t exactly an elite level performance from Khan if you ask me. It was a guy that was pummeled by a B level fighter. Khan never attempted to fight a rematch with Prescott. Barrera was old and past his prime when Khan fought him. Kotelnik has no power, and was considered by some boxing fans a paper champion when Khan fought him. Malignaggi had no power to speak of and had been stopped recently by Ricky Hatton at the time Khan fought him.
As for Judah, he has faced Cotto, Cory Spinks, Mayweather, Carlos Baldomir, Tszyu, Lucas Matthysse, Clottey and Junior Witter.
I don’t know about you, but I think Judah has faced much better opposition than Khan, and I don’t see Khan as an elite fighter. If he were elite, he wouldn’t have been knocked out in one round by Prescot, and he would have destroyed Maidana instead of going life and death with him.