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Amir Khan squares off with Zab Judah Saturday at Mandalay Bay

By Leo Reyes     Jul 23, 2011 in Sports
British boxing star Amir Khan goes up against Amercan Zab Judah Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. At stake is Khan's WBA welterweight title and Judah's IBF title.
Khan was originally scheduled to face unbeaten welterweight Timothy Bradley but the fight hit a snag after Bradley backed out before a formal fight announcement could be made.
It turned out Bradley was having a problem with his expiring contract with his current promoter. Bradley was rumored to be moving to Top Rank Promotions of Bob Arum, a plan that he thought would give him a crack at pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao.
Khan ended up facing Judah who is the current IBF titlist in the division.
The British boxing star (25-1, 17 KOs) turned pro as a lightweight in 2005 and winning his first 18 fights. His winning streak ended when Breidis Prescott knocked him out in the first round of their encounter in 2008.
After his devastating loss to Prescott, Khan made some changes in his team. He parted ways with his trainer and move to Wild Card Gym under world class trainer Freddie Roach.
Moving up in weight and with Roach guiding him, Khan has not lost a single fight, beating top contenders in the welterweight including Andres Kotelnik, Marcos Maidana, Paul Malignaggi, among others. His latest win was against Irish Paul McCloskey.
The 24-year-old British boxing idol is confident he will get past Judah tonight and hopes to face unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr in England later next year.
"I know we're ready for this fight," he said. "That's why we're taking this fight on. We committed to this fight as favorites. I've been training very hard for this fight. And he can say what he wants; we'll see when the time comes."
Judah ((41-6, 28 KOs) is a veteran of 49 professional fights including two no contests fights. The Brooklyn slugger, who is now 33 said he will give the young Khan a boxing lesson.
"One thing about it, we're definitely going to take him to school," said the 33-year-old Judah, a three-time super lightweight champion and former welterweight champion. "I think after (tonight), he'll figure out that Golden Boy and his trainer, Freddie Roach, set him up as a pawn.
Judah is the underdog in tonight's main attraction at the Madalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
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