WBA-IBF unified light welterweight champion Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) simply dominated Zab Judah (41-7, 28 KOs), with Khan ending their championship encounter near the end of the fifth stanza with a right uppercut straight to Judah’s solar plexus (replays show the punch landed right at the Judah’s belt line). Judah, who mentioned in the post fight interview he planned to start late in the fight, never really got off his fight plan and failed to give the young Brit of Pakistani descent any significant trouble. Judah never won a single round.
Spending 15 years as a professional prizefighter and having won multiple championships in three weight classes (light welterweight, welterweight,and light middleweight), there’s no denying that Judah has a stellar, storied boxing career. There’s no debate about his ring skills and his status as one of boxing’s finest to lace the gloves. But if his loss to Khan gives any indication, Father Time has really caught up with the boxer from Brooklyn, New York.
Former light heavyweight contender and ESPN boxing analyst John”Iceman”Scully predicted a stoppage for Judah. But after hearing the fight’s result, the likable Scully deemed it might be best for the former three-division champion to hang the gloves and ride into the sunset.
“Maybe retire,” Judah said when asked by this writer what’s next for Judah after suffering a knockout loss to Khan.
But that said, it is hard for any boxing champion, especially for someone like Judah, to call it quits on a bad note. While this writer agrees that retirement should be a priority for Judah at this point, the guy still has a couple of fights left in him. Fight fans can be brutal when it comes to fading fighters’ last performances.
It is too early to speculate on what Judah and his team plan to do next, whether to move forward and soldier on or leave things at that and see things as a closed chapter. But Judah has certainly given the boxing world exciting fights and memorable outings as well as some moments fans find funny. By that merit alone, Judah has earned the right to go out with a bang.
Or at the very least, a chance to do so.
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