British boxing sensation Amir Khan continued his meteoric rise through the ranks Saturday night by knocking out fellow champion Zab Judah. The 24-year-old Khan dominated the fight, easily winning all four rounds before finally sending Judah to the canvas with a body shot in the fifth round of their junior welterweight title unification bout in Las Vegas.
Judah clearly thought the shot that sent him down was a low blow, but replays showed it was on the belt line. Judah failed to get up for the 10-count and the fight ended with only a few seconds left in the round. With the win Khan added the IBF junior welterweight title to his WBA junior welterweight championship. He now holds a record of 26-1 with 18 knockouts, while Judah fell to 41-7.
Khan looked fluid, in control and just flat out fantastic against Judah. He mixed his punches well, landed with regularity and showed excellent hand speed. Since taking on the incredible Freddie Roach as his trainer, Khan is 8-0 with four knockouts. Khan made the switch to Roach after suffering a shocking first round knockout loss to Breidis Prescott.
Right now, Khan is clearly the class of the 140-pound division, but he may not be there much longer. He is nearing the point where he is too big to continually cut down and make weight at 140. The welterweight division (147 pounds) is probably Khan’s next stop, and bigger money fights likely exist there as well. The only thing that would keep him at junior welterweight would be a matchup with Timothy Bradley, who holds the WBO and WBC versions of the division’s titles. To this point though, Bradley has resisted the chance to face Khan.