Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada– In a jr. welterweight title unification bout, the UK’s Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) retained his own WBA title and added veteran Zab Judah’s (41-7, 28 KOs) IBF strap via fifth round knockout.
The 24-year-old Khan was in command throughout the bout– too big, too strong, and even too quick for the 33-year-old Judah. By the third round, the Brooklyn native had already resorted to looking for one big shot rather than follow a real game plan while his younger, more inexperienced rival was fighting smartly and piling up points.
The end came in the fifth when Khan landed a thudding body shot that appeared to be right below the belt line and Judah immediately went down to his knees, either unable or unwilling to beat the referee’s count.
“I feel like I haven’t even been in a fight,” Khan told Max Kellerman during the post-fight interview. And, with the exception of two or three solid shots from Judah the whole night, he was right on the money.
On the undercard:
Peter Quillin (25-0, 19 KOs) wiped the floor with overmatched, Jason Lehoullier (21-6-1, 8 KOs), winning the contest via TKO 5.
James Kirkland (29-1, 26 KOs) beat Minnesota club fighter, Alexis Hloros (15-4-2, 11 KOs) via TKO 2
Featherweight prospect, Gary Russell Jr. (17-0, 10 KOs) took a one-sided eight-round unanimous decision against Eric Estrada (9-2, 3 KOs).
super featherweight prospect, Ronny Rios (15-0, 7 KOs) stopped Noe Lopez Jr. (7-9, 4 KOs) in the first round of their scheduled eight.
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