How Low Can You Go: Khan vs Judah’s Belt line

In the aftermath of the rather spectacularly one sided Amir Khan vs Zab Judah only the very blinkered Zab Judah fan will dwell for longer than a few moments on the so-called low blow that ended what was more a Khan coming of age party than a competitive sporting event.

Amir Khan at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood

Harold Lederman articulated the point very well – and very enthusiastically (rare for him I know) – on the HBO telecast; going by the relative position of Zab Judah’s bellybutton the former undisputed welterweight champion has little grounds for grievance. Beyond that; in a bout to unify junior welterweight world titles believing that a professional of some 15 years standing would simply assume the referee screaming escalating digits into your ear was offering you anything but the chance to chose to fight on by rising (literally & figuratively) is the stuff of fantasy.

For all of Judah’s professing the fraud of Khan’s rising star in the build up to the contest, the reality – the blatant and startling reality as it transpired – was that whilst Amir Khan, under the tutelage of super trainer Freddie Roach progresses seamlessly and confidently strata by strata with each stateside contest; it is much more evident now that it is Judah’s abilities which have been mistranslated in the popular boxing consciousness. It was at times painful to see Pernell Whitaker, that most masterful of defensive fighters of years gone by, attempt to recast the mold of Super Zab who seemed stuck as a deer in a car’s headlights might be between the slick aggressor of previous years and the under-cooked defensive ‘master’ of his latter career path. One feels that from the get-go; a large helping of the old Zab might well have offered him his greatest chance of success. Let’s not forget that a Roach-less Khan only career L came against just this sort of busting out of the gate throw down gameplan.

Amir Khan did great vs Zab Judah

The alleged low blow and any references to it from the Judah camp will only serve to further reduce his chances of being even a peripheral PPV actor in the future – I’d suggest with some urgency he simply drop those lines of conversions & hope that the boxing community will instead focus on more meaningful contributions he’s offered the viewing public down the years. The legacy of a quitter is what otherwise awaits him.