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Khan And Judah Ready For Battle


Khan and Judah square up to each other
Khan and Judah square up to each other

The negotiations have settled, the social media battles are raging and on Saturday, July 23, two of boxing’s best junior welterweights will step into the ring to unify the 140-pound weight division when WBA Champion Amir “King” Khan faces Five-Time World titleholder and current International Boxing Federation king Zab “Super” Judah at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. The fight will be televised live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing.

The fight, which figures to be a classic match-up of two fighters with blazing speed who also punch with power and brute force, has led to a litany of questions regarding the outcome. Does Khan have enough experience to deal with a veteran such as Judah? Will Judah be able to keep pace with the younger Khan? Will each fighter be able to handle the power of the other and reach the final bell? On July 23 at Mandalay Bay, all of these questions, among others, will be answered.

In the United Kingdom, the event will be broadcast live on Primetime Pay-Per-View, channel 480 on Sky for £14.95. For fans who want to travel to Las Vegas to see the fight live, Team Khan has teamed up with leading Thomas Cook brand Flexibletrips to provide a range of tailor-made travel packages for fans who want to be there in person. Packages include flights, hotel rooms and fight tickets. More information is available at www.amirkhan2vegas.com or by calling 0844 8798298.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to unify the 140-pound division which always has been a dream of mine,” said Khan. “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.”

“I got what I wanted, so I am happy. Now it’s time to go work,” said Judah. “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.”




“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. “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.”

“In the end, Zab and Main Events decided to stop quibbling about a few percentage points and get the fight into the ring. Zab’s real upside will come after he wins the fight and moves on to an even bigger payday,” said Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events. “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!”

“It is great to have Amir back fighting in the United States at Mandalay Bay in a massive unification fight against Judah who has shared the ring with the best fighters out there,” said Asif Vali of Khan Promotions. “We know Amir has what it takes to accomplish his dream and unify the division and he will be ready for July.”

“Judah vs. Khan will be an explosive exhibition of the true definition of boxing,” said Bill Halkias of Super Judah Promotions. “It’s two world champion fighters who possess speed, power and all around natural boxing ability meeting in a high paced matchup that is guaranteed to quench any boxing fans thirst for excitement. The 4th of July might have been a more fitting day for this fight because without a doubt, it will be full of fireworks.”

“This is a great showdown between two champions who always bring excitement into the ring,” said Kery Davis, senior vice president programming HBO Sports. “Both fighters are looking for a win here to prove that they’re the top of the junior welterweight division.”


June 9, 2011


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