A fifteen minute drive from Glendale to Hollywood took me to Wildcard Boxing Club where Amir Khan and his trusted coach, Freddie Roach hosted a media work out eleven days in advance of Khan’s much anticipated championship unification showdown with veteran champion ,Zab Judah. With two titles on the line, WBA light welterweight belt that belongs to Khan and IBF crown that belongs to Judah, two champions will face one another in the squared circle on July 23rd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Twelve rounds contest will be televised live by HBO.
To say that this match up is very intriguing would be an understatement; both fighters’ posses blazing speed and knock out power in their fists and are well versed in all the nuances of the manly art.Twenty four year old Khan, a full fledged star in England, is aspiring to be the best in the world. He knows he has to prevail over top fighters in United States in order to accomplish his dreams. “This fight will take me on to bigger things,” said Khan (25-1,17KO’S) who won WBA super lightweight title two years ago in England:” And to have a name like Zab Judah that you’ve beat on your record is a good name to have; he is a five time world champion.”
Thirty three year old champion from Brooklyn, New York, Zab “Super” Judah has won his first title when Amir Khan was only twelve years old. Fast talented and powerful Zab believes that it is his experience that would give him the edge in the fight. With” Who is Who” of sweet science on his resume and a professional career full of peaks and valleys Zab Judah (41-6,28KO’S) seemed to have reinvented himself recently when he moved down to his natural weight and knocked out tough African, Kaiser Mabuza to win his fifth title.
“Zab has one punch knock out power in his left hand. We have been studying that,” said Roach who believes that his protégé, Amir Khan is on the verge of super stardom:” Mabuza walked into one. He set it up well. But when he goes to the ropes, he goes to the corners, we know what he is up to; it’s not hard to read. We have a plan for that. He sets up traps and he is smart, but he is not hard to read and we definitely know how to handle him.”
Team Khan is well aware of dangers Zab Judah presents on fight night. “I believe that he showed improvement with his new trainer, Whitaker,” said Khan’s coach, Freddie Roach about Zab:” And it looks like he rededicated himself. He’s got speed and he’s got sneaky left hand with power.” With former champion, legendary Pernell Whitaker in his corner, Zab might be finally turning into a complete fighter.
Pundits have written Judah off more times than Amir Khan has been in championship fights. That is why Zab believes this might be his last chance for glory; he is not about to let it get away.“I want this fight more than he does,” said Khan who recently reunited with his strength and conditioning coach, Alex Ariza: “I think the youth will win the fight. Zab Judah is very experienced, but I still don’t think he will beat the speed and power that I have and the aggression that I am going to show in this fight.”
Amir Khan has learned the sour taste of defeat in 2008 when he was knocked out by lightly regarded but hard punching Bredis Prescott. Khan believes that experience has made him into a fighter he is today.”After Prescott knock out every one kind of wrote him off,” explained coach, Roach who agreed to help Khan following that fiasco:” He proved that it’s not true in Maidana fight. He sucked it up. His conditioning helped him, of course.”
A fighter who knows a thing or two about being written off, Judah plans to test the chin of his young adversary early in the fight.
“A lot of people are still under the impression that Amir can’t take a punch,” continued Roach who is doing his own reality show with HBO:” I am not worried about any of those things. I am just concentrating on the strategy how to beat this guy and how to fight this southpaw and how to attack him from angles. We’ve got a great game plan and I am very, very confident that we are going to knock this guy out.”
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