Amir Khan heads to Las Vegas this weekend, aiming to add the IBF light welterweight title to his WBA strap as he goes toe-to-toe with experienced American Zab Judah at the Mandalay Bay Resort.
Much improved since teaming up with trainer Freddie Roach, the 25-year-old has won seven in a row since his shock first round loss to Breidis Prescott in 2008 and Khan, whose chin is often questioned, also showed in December that he can go into the trenches if need be, as he took a unanimous decision against Argentine banger Marcos Rene Maidana.
Judah of course, has bags of experience and took Floyd Mayweather Jr the whole distance five years ago, so a case can certainly be made for him to last all twelve rounds before losing via a decision, an outcome Betfred chalk up at 2/1.
However, two of the American’s six defeats, against Miguel Angel Cotto and Kostya Tszyu, were by KO and indeed Judah was also forced to recover from knockdowns to win his last two fights so he’s clearly no stranger to the canvas.
With plenty of rounds and years on the clock, it’s also likely that the veteran will struggle to cope with Khan’s fast hands and the favourite is subsequently worth considering at even money (Sportingbet) to stop his opponent.
Judah can nevertheless hang in there for some time and a victory for Khan in rounds 7-12 catches the eye at 5/2 with Skybet while the same firm offer 4/5 for the American to be knocked down at any stage in the fight.