|Things We Learned This Weekend in Vegas
By John Novoselac, Doghouse Boxing (July 26, 2011) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor)
Judah's career revival came to an abrupt end Saturday night at the
Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, as Bolton born Brit Amir
Khan unified 2 of the major belts at 140 pounds. Despite
oddsmakers installing Khan as a 4-1 favorite, many pundits expected
Zab to showcase his cagey skills coupled with some new tools brought
on by recently added trainer Pernell 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker. It
wasn't to be, as Freddie Roach trained Khan dominated from beginning
executed a masterfully designed game plan that smothered Zab's power,
but Zab did himself no favors by throwing only 115 total punches over
5 rounds before getting stopped, landing a mere 20 shots. Meanwhile,
Khan exercised his arm length advantage pounding Judah for 61 of 284
shots including an uppercut to the beltline of Zab that would end
things for the evening.
Events had done a nice job of rehabilitating the career of the former
welterweight champion in Judah, but it appears that clever match
making may have deceived the boxing public. In his last 3
fights, all of which were staged in New Jersey where he was being
cultivated into a regional draw, Zab came up victorious, culminating
in the IBF strap in a win over Kaizer Mabuza. Prior to that,
Zab showed heart and resiliency in overcoming a late surge by
powerful slugger Lucas Matthysse. It had appeared that Zab had
erased the ghosts of losses past, and was entering into a rare 2nd
prime of a boxing career.
Khan didn't receive the memo. Many expected an early press from
Zab, and for Amir to wait out the pressure and put it on Zab late as
he ran out of gas. What we got was the opposite. Amir
came out aggressive, while Zab had thrown only half as many punches
as his Brit opponent. Behind that aggression, Khan landed an
uppercut to the belt line of Judah that would seal his fate. As
Zab cringed and claimed it to be a low blow, referee Vic Drakulich
administered the full 10 count and called and end to the fight. The
crowd of 7,279 was none too pleased to see such a premature ending,
albeit a definitive one.
the loss, it's unclear where Judah will go. His record now
stands at 41-7, and his days on premium cable may be over. Even
his most recent fights on the big networks had Zab as the B side, but
it's uncertain he'll even be welcomed back in that capacity.
on the other hand, should have a plethora of options with any of the
major names at 140 pounds. He's showing great improvement under
the tutelage of Freddie Roach, and doesn't appear to have stopped
improving. For his immediate future, Khan would say, “If
Guerrero beats Maidana, that could be the fight in December. I leave
it to Golden Boy but, in my eyes, Maidana is a bigger fighter, a
his only conqueror, Khan would say, “He’s definitely in the
picture but I think [Paul] McCloskey will beat him,” said Khan.
“But we’ll add that name to the shot list.
only 24 so we’re taking it one step at a time. By the time I’m
25, we’ll be looking at 147, then see where to go from there.”.
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