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21 SEPTEMBER 2014

 

Khan And Judah Are Ready For War




Both Amir Khan and Zab Judah are excited and ready for war ahead of their junior-welterweight unification battle at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday night .

With the long tough weeks of preparation and the constant verbal sparring now complete it is time to wind down training and Judah is excited about facing the 24 year-old WBA champion from Bolton, England.

Speaking at the final press conference before they finally do battle Judah, the IBF titleholder, said: “I’m ready and I’m excited. I’m very blessed to be back in this position. I know Amir Khan and Team Khan have prepared themselves for a war. I just think that over the years of me being in this position, I’m prepared for Saturday night. I’m prepared for what’s gonna happen. Amir Khan is new to this situation. He’s a young guy.”

At 24 year’s-old Khan is considered the bookie’s favourite but Judah, who is nine years older, insists he is in the best shape of his career: “People have been getting this stuff about Zab Judah, 33 years old, is an old fighter, mixed up,” said Judah. “What you gotta understand is that I turned professional at 18 years old. I was champion by 20 years old and I reigned ever since.”

“I’ve got my second wind. I’ve lived my years as Zab Judah just being Zab Judah, tough guy, Brooklyn, whatever. I’m here to say today, that don’t pay man, just live your life and be happy. Saturday night I’m gonna give you guys the best Zab Judah that you guys are looking for. He’s here!”

There is no doubt that Judah is vastly more experienced than the young Khan and that could make the difference come Saturday night. But if that was not enough Judah will also have the added advantage of having former multi weight world champion Pernell Whittaker in his corner as well.

The 47 year-old from Norfolk, Virginia ,won four world titles during his illustrious career and believes that with his guidance there will only be one winner come Saturday night

“As you can see over to my left [in front of Judah] there are five world titles, I myself have won six world titles in my career, then I turn over to my right (in front of Khan) and I see one,” said Whittaker.

“Zab’s done everything I’ve asked him to do. It’s been a wonderful training camp. He’s in good hands with me. We’re gonna make sure the young fellow [Khan] makes it back to England. Safe. Healthy? I don’t know. Put your seat belt on, get your popcorn and get ready. It’s going to be a show.”

Whilst Judah has been the more vocal of the two in the build up to this fight, Khan prefers to let his fists do the talking: “I don’t talk much. I let my fists do the talking in the ring and come Saturday I’ll be the new unified champion,” said Khan

“Were both powerful, both quick and exciting to watch. It’s going to be a great show.”

“It’s going to be an exciting fight, if you hit me once, I’ll hit you twice back because I’m a warrior.”

July 22, 2011


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