Former IBF light welterweight champion “Super” Zab Judah filed a formal protest this week with the Nevada State Athletic Commission over his fifth round knockout loss to Amir “King” Khan July 23 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Judah (41-7-0-2, 28 KOs), who has won five world titles between the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions, claims referee Vic Drakulich allowed Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) to hold and land rabbit punches throughout their brief affair.
Most importantly, Judah contends Drakulich missed a blatant low blow that proved to be the decisive punch of the fight with 13 seconds left in the round.
“It wasn’t a low blow,” said Mike McCarthy, 28, a native of Quincy who currently resides in Beacon Hill. “Khan hit him right on the belt-line.”
“Super Zab” will become a spokesman for the American Dental Association (ADA) before winning his inane grievance.
Judah, a 33-year-old native of Brooklyn who scraps as a southpaw, had won five straight prizefights prior to being outclassed by Khan.
Considering his vast skills, the Brooklynite has largely underachieved since making his professional debut in September 1996.
Conversely, “King Khan” is a prizefighter who possesses unlimited potential and abilities in the ring, and he doesn’t really have any glaring warts in his arsenal.
In September 2008, Khan was demolished by Breidis Prescott when he suffered a first round knockout loss that cost him his WBO Intercontinental lightweight crown.
During the brief massacre, Khan was knocked down twice by Prescott (23-2, 19 KOs) and was ultimately beaten a mere 54 seconds into the opening round.
Khan’s embarrassing loss left skeptics roundly questioning the durability of his chin.
The Olympic medalist managed to temporarily silence his critics in December when a bloodied and battered Khan emerged triumphant in a ferocious and violent struggle with the powerful Marcos Maidana.
Since partnering with legendary trainer Freddie Roach from Dedham, Khan has rebounded nicely from his loss to Prescott and the Englishman has now triumphed in eight consecutive bouts.
“Any fighter Freddie Roach pays attention to has to be good,” said Roger “Pit” Perron, 73, a respected boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
Khan was always “good” in the squared circle.
However, under the tutelage of four-time Trainer of the Year Roach, “King Khan” is on the cusp of attaining true ring greatness.
Unfortunately for Judah, he’s in the twilight of his career and it’s rapidly nearing time for him to hang-up the gloves.