AMIR KHAN OR A MERE CON? LET ZAB JUDAH FIND OUT!
New York, NY- Jr. welterweight (140 lb.) champ, Amir Khan (25-1 17 KOs) is currently one of the U.K.’s biggest boxing stars and is scheduled to fight on July 23rd. But he is currently without an opponent as his championship counterpart Timothy Bradley has dropped out of the Khan sweepstakes to pursue other options. Khan, didn’t look great in his last fight against the game European, Paul McCloskey and probably needs better opponents and performances if he wants to continue to build his star power. Currently, the biggest name on Amir’s resume is a much less than prime Marco Antonio Barrera, and that wasn’t without controversy. The bottom line is he could really benefit with some fresher competition.JUDAH’S FAST HANDS LOOK TO EXPOSE KHAN
Zab Judah (41-6 28 KOs) is a good choice as he has been engaging in an ongoing Twitter ‘beef’ with Khan and has indicated interest in facing Khan next. Judah knows that with Bradley out of the picture there are still options that Khan’s promotional company, Golden Boy are considering. They include Robert Guerrero and even the faded Erik Morales. But, even as both opponents are recognizable to fans, they honestly don’t pose the same threat or excitement as Judah. They are neither natural Jr. welterweights nor necessarily bigger live gate options than Zab. Morales is also coming off a loss to Marcos Maidana so it’s likely that team Khan is only looking at him as another soft touch.
NEW YORK VET WOULD BOOST KHAN’S STOCK VALUE
Although Judah has a few losses and has come up short in big bouts, he is still a very dangerous and marketable fighter who makes for good match ups. Judah is on a five fight winning streak and hasn’t lost since facing a decidedly bigger and game Joshua Clottey at welterweight (147) in 2008. It appears that Judah has somewhat resurrected his career by dropping back down to 140 and certainly won’t be seen as a walk in the park for anyone in the loaded division. If Amir were able to best Judah, he would add more authenticity to his suspect beard and would silence skepticism from his doubters.
JUDAH MAKES SENSES TO BOTH SIDES
A win over Judah would do a lot more for him to gain the favor of American fans than what was attempted with Paulie Malignaggi. Like the Malignaggi fight, a bout with Judah could become a big event here at Madison Square Garden. Amir has a solid fan base and many would recognize Judah from his past bouts with Miguel Cotto, Floyd Mayweather and others. Even in losing, Khan would presumably give a game effort and be part of an entertaining equation that would revitalize the fans. So, while there are other fights out there for Amir, right now this one makes the most sense.