The shark-infested jr. welterweight division in boxing has become a mainstay on HBO's "Boxing After Dark". On Saturday, rising star Amir Khan (26-1, 18KOs) took on former World Champion Zab Judah (41-7, 28KOs) at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Khan is coming off a dull but one-sided victory over Paul McCloskey while Judah's stock has slowly risen up again after a TKO victory against Kaizer Mabuza.
Khan came out behind his jab in the middle of the ring as Judah was ducking and dodging without answering back with any punches. Judah started throwing out feelers in the form of the jab as Khan landed a flashy 3-punch combo. Khan kept moving forward behind quick shots with not much on them. With almost 30 seconds left in the round Judah landed a sneaky right hook until their heads clashed. Judah took the brunt of the collision.
The second round started with Khan countering with jabs and straight rights. Judah much like the first round, ducked and dodged without throwing much back. Khan proceeded to bust up his opponent's face with clean counters at the end of the round. In the third Judah timed Khan perfectly and landed quick counters, showing flashes of his devastating punching power. Khan started to jab and let his hands go once again, landing precise counters that pushed the now swollen faced Judah back.
The fourth round was much of the same for Judah as he slipped Khan's attack but was occasionally hit by a flashy combo here and there. Judah came out in the fifth round throwing at a more frequent pace as opposed to his performance in the earlier rounds which saw him throw very little. This gave Khan more of a chance to land some harder punches as he made Judah miss. Khan hit Judah with what appeared to be a low blow but the ref didn't see it that way. He counted Judah out of the match as Khan raised his hands in victory. This is sure to be one of the most controversial, talked about endings in a boxing this year. The reply wasn't entirely clear but it seemed to me that it was a low blow.
Nevertheless , Amir Khan has earned himself a big fight. Against who you may ask? Khan has been calling out Floyd Mayweather Jr. for some time now. If a fight between Pacquaio and Mayweather isn't made after Floyd's September fight with Victor Ortiz, I can see Khan stepping in. I would also say to Khan, be careful what you wish for.
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