Khan and Judah present an intriguing match-up of speed and power (Photo courtesy of Main Events).
Fight will Unify Super Lightweight World Championship
Following a press conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday, all of the details are now set for a July 23rd super lightweight world championship unification bout between IBF Junior Welterweight Titleholder Zab “Super” Judah (40-6, 28 KOs) and WBA Super Lightweight Champion Amir “King” Khan (25-1, 17 KOs). Being held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, the super lightweight showdown will be televised as part of HBO’s World Championship Boxing.
"I got what I wanted, so I am happy. Now it's time to go work," Judah remarked. "I've been praying on this fight. My goal is to be undisputed champion at two weights. I did it at 147, and I'm gonna do it at 140, starting with Amir Khan. I'm gonna work hard. I'm very experienced, so whichever way he brings the fight, I can deal with it and take it from him."
This will be the second fight for Judah with former six-time world champion Pernell Whitaker in his corner, the first being a March 5th knockout of Kaizer Mabuza to claim the IBF crown. A five-time world champion himself, Judah is currently riding a five-fight winning streak. The Brooklyn native is also a former undisputed champion at the welterweight division, when he won the WBC, WBA and IBF titles at that weight class in 2005.
"I'm excited to have the opportunity to unify the 140-pound division, which always has been a dream of mine," Khan stated. "Fighting Zab was the toughest option my team presented to me, but a true champion is up for any challenge. I already was in training camp because it doesn't matter who I fight. I will train hard no matter who it is because I want to be the best."
A 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist for the United Kingdom, the 24-year-old Khan first became a world champion in 2009 when he defeated Andreas Kotelnik via unanimous decision for the WBA Light Welterweight Title. He then successfully defended his belt against then undefeated Dmitry Salita and former IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Paulie Malignaggi. His last two title defenses have also been successful, a unanimous decision victory over Marcos Maidana and a sixth round technical decision over Paul McCloskey this past April.
"We know that boxing fans are asking for the best fights out there, and we are giving the fight fans what they want with Khan vs. Judah on July 23," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, which promotes Khan. "These two champions are going to leave the trash-talking behind and let their fists fly on July 23, but only one will come out as the unified 140-pound champion, and we are confident that will be Amir 'King' Khan."
Main Events, who co-promotes Judah alongside his own Super Judah Promotions, also shared its own excitement regarding the unification bout when CEO Kathy Duva spoke on Wednesday.
"In the end, Zab and Main Events decided to stop quibbling about a few percentage points and get the fight into the ring,” she commented. “Zab's real upside will come after he wins the fight and moves on to an even bigger payday. It is an intriguing fight on many levels. Both fighters have engaging personalities and exciting styles. As a promoter, I couldn't be happier about this opportunity. As a fan, I can't want to see the fight!"
Tickets for this bout are now on sale, ranging from $50-$400, and they are available through TicketMaster.