With the Timothy Bradley WBC, WBO and WBA unification fight falling through, apparently because the American had decided to sit out the remainder of his contract with Gary Shaw and put his bout with Khan on hold. In steps IBF champion Zab Judah to save Khan’s US return and keeping a big fight unification showdown on the card, that’s every bit has interesting if not more so, than the proposed Bradley match-up!
Khan 24, will put his WBA belt on the line for the fifth time, while the 33-year-old Judah will be putting his IBF strap up for grabs at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on July 23, the same venue where Khan beat Marcos Maidana in a great fight on his last American outing in December last year.
Brooklyn-born southpaw Judah, a pro for 15 years, has won 41 of his 47 fights, capturing the IBF version of the title in March, stopping Kaizer Mabuza in the 7th – 11 years after first winning the same belt against Jan Piet Bergman in February 2000.
After campaigning at 140lbs after a successful career at welterweight and has recently revived some of his past form and added with his vast experience, is easily one of the most experienced and seasoned opponents Khan will have faced.
Judah is a five time world champion and has mixed it with a who’s who list of quality fighters throughout his impressive career including, Micky Ward (won) Junior Witter (won) Kostya Tszyu (lost) DeMarcus Corley (won) Cory Spinks (won/lost) Floyd Mayweather Jr (lost) Miguel Cotto (lost).
Khan has accumulated 7 wins on the bounce since his shocking knockout loss to Breidis Prescott two years ago and deserves more credit than he gets for taking on all comers in his quest to rule the light-welterweight division, and a win against Judah would be a good scalp to have on his resume before clashing with Bradley.
There is still unfinished business in the form of Prescott, who had been calling out for a rematch with Khan and the Colombian is a job Khan must take care of down the line at some point. But if the Bolton man can beat Judah and then clean up with a win over Bradley by next year, he will not have only unified the titles, but will considered one of the worlds best pound for pound fighters! – By Lee Thompson.
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