Khan-Judah: It Wasn’t Even Close
By Anthony Starkson: Fellow boxing fans, writers, and enthusiasts, we have just witnessed greatness on the night of July 23rd. This was the fight that many predicted would be Khan’s downfall, with one (unnamed) writer claiming that Judah would “brutally” knock Khan out in the 8th round. What he was on, we can only guess.
From the outset, Judah knew he didn’t have a chance. He was way too defensive, and after two rounds, I knew Pernell Whitaker didn’t have anymore belief in Judah. I felt sorry for Pernell, because he was doing everything he could to get Judah to throw…anything. Throughout the whole fight, I only counted a couple meaningful shots Judah landed. Khan however, was a couple millenniums ahead of the unwilling Judah.
Amir started the fight fast and actually brought the fight to Judah. Many of us were expecting Judah would throw anything and everything at Khan, including the kitchen sink, during the fight’s first half. Khan did many things that amazed me, including landing his crisp jab against the southpaw, time and time again. He totally outclassed the brash New Yorker, and I don’t blame Judah for quitting.
Now, many pro-Judah or anti-Khan would say that the exquisite body shot Khan put Judah down with was a low blow, but, alas, it wasn’t. Sorry but you’ll have to find another, meaningless, excuse. During the post-fight interviews, Zab told HBO’s Max Kellerman, “Yeah, he (Khan) hit me right on the balls.” Sure, if Zab’s balls are attached to his abdominal wall, then, surely, Khan should have been disqualified. Honestly, to me, the body shot did not look that hard, not hard enough to knock someone out, that is. But Zab did not have the stamina, punches, or for that matter, balls, to continue fighting.
For Zab’s sake, I hope he calls it quits. For Khan, greatness is at the doorstep, ringing the bell, chanting with her voice “You’re next.”