After a string of duds, controversies, and announcing bloopers, the boxing world is now treated to what could be the biggest fight in the month of July. Amir Khan (25-1, 17 KOs) of England will attempt to unify his WBA super lightweight title with American Zab Judah’s (41-6, 28 KOs) IBF version of the crown. Basically it is a battle of youth and tenacity against ring guile and experience. Both warriors are skilled and crafted. Both are world champions. And their clash entails a huge promise of boxing entertainment of epic proportions. On paper at least.
Khan is riding on a seven-fight winning streak since losing to Breidis Prescott via a 1st-round stoppage back in 2008. That means the Bolton, Lancashire native has not lost a bout since teaming up with boxing trainer extraordinaire Freddie Roach. Since Roach took the training responsibilities after the loss to Prescott, Khan registered fives stoppages (three TKOs and two TDs) and two fights going the distance. It’s easy to say the Khan has improved but the kid has not been tested yet. Not with someone like Judah.
Judah, for his part, has seen his boxing career go up and down. 15 years into the business, Judah has faced the best opposition that were immediately available to him. And lost to some of the best, and yes, that also includes the very crude and very limited Carlos Baldomir. That is a claim Khan can not lay his name on just yet. As far as experience goes, Judah wins the contest by a mile. Skill wise, Judah has a slight upper hand. That can also be said for speed, both of hand and foot. The keyword is slight.
This writer personally see this fight going to the cards, with Khan winning by split decision. It will be a hard fought fight and a seesaw in momentum can be expected. As far as action goes, it will not be much. This is going to be a tactical bout, a chess match, all throughout and the wariness of both fighters of each other will be evident.
WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY
John “Iceman” Scully, former world light heavyweight contender and boxing analyst for ESPN
“I have a feeling Zab is going to step up and shine. He is too hard punching for Amir. I believe Amir has not faced anyone in his career with the name, the experience, the speed, and power of Zab. He seems to be reborn to a certain degree. That’s the feeling I have.”
Zab will overwhelm Amir and stop him with a late TKO.”
Danrex Tapdasan, international referee and lawyer
“Being a unification fight between 2 champions, we can expect nothing less than an exciting fight. Both fighters and their respective camps didn’t hold back on throwing words at each other, which adds to the hype of the fight. Khan is a young, fast, fundamentally sound and is trained by the Wild Card Team. So, I anticipate to see his A-game in this fight. His dream fight will eventually be against Pacquiao but we all know that that has a 1% chance of happening in the near future, so Mayweather is a more ideal future fight for him. So, a loss will slow him down for that goal.”
As for Judah, he is a grizzled veteran who was a former undisputed welterweight champion of the world. His being a southpaw will always be a problem for all his opponents. Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker is in the limelight now, not as a boxer who “almost” beat Dela Hoya and Chavez, Sr. but as the trainer of Zab. Judah has a roller-coaster of a boxing career, which I think made him a mature and GOD-loving person at present. His fights against Mayweather, Cory Spinks, and Kostya Tszyu taught him lessons that any boxer cannot learn in the gym.”
This will be a tactical fight all throughout. I will not pick a winner but I predict a unanimous decision result.”
Brad Cooney, Co-founder and CEO of 8 Count News
“I am gong with the underdog. I think Judah will shock everyone and defeat Amir Khan. Maidana hurt Khan pretty badly. Judah is twice faster than Maidana and has fought much better competition.”
No doubt Khan is dangerous. But I think Judah wins by TKO around the 7th round. A guess of course, but I am making a bold prediction.”
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