July 23, 2011 – By Scott
Boxing is making headlines tonight in Las Vegas as WBA junior welterweight champion Amir Khan faces Zab Judah in a unification fight with a lot at stake. A win by either could help propel the victor for a bigger payday against a highly touted opponent.
Judah (41-6, 28 KOs) heads into the fight as the elder of the two with much more experience. The southpaw has had his opportunities in big-time fights only to have come out on the losing end. He resume includes bouts with some of the best in boxing and Judah will definitely have this as an advantage. The list includes Joshua Clottey, Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather Jr but he couldn’t come away with an upset win in any of these fights.
Despite his talent in the ring not appearing to fade in lieu of his age, Judah must view this as a must-have fight. He has fallen victim to some of the best in boxing and a loss against Khan might send him spiralling backwards at an important time in his career.
As for Khan (25-2, 17 KOs), he has all the makings to become a favorite in the eyes of boxing fans. He is a very gifted fighter but does not have any signature wins or fights to put him in the ranks of the elite in his class.
More importantly, this will be only his third fight in the US and a win could distinguish himself as a household name in boxing. This fight will be in the 140-pound weight class but he has plans to move up to the 147-pound class in the near future. A win on Saturday might possibly lead to a big name opponent in the welterweight division such as Mayweather.
Odds to win this fight have been posted by Bodog Sportsbook and they feel that despite the experience that Judah brings to the fight, Khan will prevail and have his odds set at -450. This means wager $10 on Khan and win $2.22. However, Judah has his odds set at +300 and if $10 is wagered on him to win the fight, the payout is $30.00.