Judah is better off avoiding a rematch with Khan
By William Mackay: If somehow Amir Khan is able to get by IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson next month on May 19th, Khan will have Zab Judah waiting for him to get a rematch to try and avenge his 5th round TKO against Khan from last year. However, Judah is much better off bypassing that fight if Khan shows interest in fighting hi again.
I’m doubting that Khan will even bother. He’ll likely ignore Judah and go for a fight against WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia or Khan will vacate the IBF and WBA titles he wins against Peterson.
Either way, I don’t see Judah getting a fight with Khan. The reason is their fight last year was way too one-sided with Judah looking scared to engage and getting battered on the outside from Khan all night.
It was an ugly fight for Judah, especially the way he was stopped in the 5th round by Khan holding Judah’s head down with his left forearm and then nailing him with a right on the belt line. The referee had a bad view of the action and appeared to not see Khan holding and hitting Judah, because if he did it see it’s disappointing that he didn’t do anything about to waive off the knockdown.
Judah matches up a lot better against Peterson than he does with Khan and that’s the fight Judah needs. He does well against fighter that are slower than him and not faster like Khan. Judah would be a lot of problems for Peterson. Judah also would do well to go after WBC champion Danny Garcia because that’s another fight where Judah would have a lot of advantages in terms of hand speed and other skills. But a fight between Khan and Judah would probably be a bad one for Judah unless he’s willing to take more chances and throw more punches.