Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) dominated Zab Judah (41-7, 28 KOs) this evening in a 140 pound world title unification match at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV, stopping the former welterweight champion in the fifth round with a body shot on the beltline.
Although Judah complained vehemently that the punch was a foul, the conclusion was academic one way or the other, given Amir Khan convincingly won every round with speed, a high rate of activity and combination punching.
Khan was a step ahead of Judah the entire fight by dictating the pace and forcing his opponent almost exclusively into a counterpuncher role; problem being Judah did not let his hands go enough and never landed a telling shot that would have slowed Khan down.
The former Olympic Silver Medalist from the United Kingdom set up his offense by establishing a hard, popping jab. As the fight wore on, Amir Khan increasingly became more aggressive, firing right hands as well as hooks with both hands. His punches seldom came one at a time, flowing in combination instead.
As a result, Zab Judah found himself confused and relying on a single punch to turn things around. In fact, with each round he became more reluctant to let his hands go, choosing to back up and looking to time Amir Khan with one big shot.
The punch he was looking for never came close to finding its mark and going into the fifth, Judah was already bleeding and very puffy around the face. He was simply being broken down in a systematic fashion by a younger, stronger and more talented man.
The end came at 2:47 of round five after Amir Khan landed a body punch to the middle of Zab Judah’s beltline. The punch sent the Brooklyn native to the mat where he was counted out by referee Vic Drakulich.
According to Amir Khan’s promoter, he will fight once more this year at 140 pounds before moving up to the welterweight division where he is hopeful of securing a huge payday against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
As for Zab Judah, he will have to review the fight film and assess where to go from here. Although he still has enough reserve in the tank to beat most guys out here between 140 and 147 pounds, the 33 year-old boxer clearly no longer has the ability to compete at the absolute highest level in the sport.