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Khan: Judah will have to retire after I beat him

By William Mackay: World Boxing Association (WBA) light welterweight champion Amir Khan (25-1, 17 KO’s) plans on not only beating IBF light welterweight champion Zab Judah (41-6, 28 KO’s) this Saturday night but also sending him into a permanent retirement along the way.

Khan said this to Sky Sports News: “Once I win, I think that’s it for Zab Judah. I think he’ll have to hang his gloves up.”

Khan will have to look a better than he’s looked in his last couple of fights if he wants to send Judah into retirement because Khan hasn’t shined since he stopped Dimitriy Salita and Paulie Malignaggi, two weaker punchers. Khan looked horrible in beating Marcos Maidana and Paul McCloskey.

For all his talk, Khan really doesn’t have too many solid wins over really good fighters for him to talk. He was beaten by Breidis Prescott, and Khan’s fights since then have come against mostly weak punchers. Maidana was the departure from the norm for Khan in facing light hitters and Maidana had Khan on the verge of a knockout in a close, close fight.

Judah isn’t the same fighter he once was 10 years ago when he was dominating the light welterweight division. He doesn’t throw as many punches for one, and he’s not nearly as aggressive as he was in his early years. However, Judah can still punch with good power and has excellent hand speed.

He’s clearly fastest fighter that Khan will have ever faced during his pro career. Khan has the size advantage over Judah, but if Khan gets hit with one of Judah’s shots, we could be seeing another knockout loss for Khan. Judah hits that hard and Khan’s chin is vulnerable.

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