Amir Khan easily won his super lightweight unification fight with Zab Judah Saturday night at Mandalay Bay Events Center — although to call the bout much of a fight was debatable.
The English-born Khan had no trouble picking apart the five-time champ Judah, before landing a controversial body blow that ended the scheduled 12-round event at the 2:47 mark of the fifth round.
“If it had gone another few rounds, I would have knocked him out with a clean shot,” said Khan, of his uppercut to the Brooklyn native’s midsection that landed just above the belt line.
A confused Judah disagreed.
“It was a low blow,” said Judah, who also said he thought referee Vic Drakulich was giving him a standing 8 count.
“I was trying to get myself together (when I was down) and that was self defense there (going down). He jabbed my cup. It was an uppercut and it lifted the belt and that really hurt.”
Perhaps so did watching the fight as the 33-year-old Judah — who seemed to be bothered by an accidental head butt in the first round — showed few signs of a fighter who had lost just once in his career at 140-pounds and had won five straight fights leading up to Khan.
Judah landed only 20 punches and was not only losing all four rounds on all three judges’ score sheets, but was bleeding out of both his nose and mouth.
Perhaps Timothy Bradley summed up the evening best with his quote to The Desert Sun.
“Judah didn’t come to fight, he showed up for a payday. It’s terrible to see a champion go out like that,” Bradley said. “Whether it was a body shot or a low blow, Judah should have got up. He didn’t feel he could hang with Khan. He didn’t want to take that punishment and he folded. Terrible, man.”
Then again, it was Bradley who passed on a $1.8 million payday to fight Khan.
Ah the art of boxing.
Butch Lewis dies at 65
Butch Lewis who worked with Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and Michael and Leon Spinks died last week at the age of 65.
The colorful Lewis — who began his career in boxing in the 1970s and was best known for wearing tuxedos in the ring with no shirt — promoted the 1988 Michael Spinks-Mike Tyson fight that earned more than $13 million and featured Tyson knocking out Spinks in the first round.
Lewis was honored by ring announcer Michael Buffer and given a 10-bell count before the Judah-Khan fight.
Roach training Olympians
The most respected trainer in the sport is trying to help gain back the United State’s amateur credibility.
When not training pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao or working with two-time champ Khan, Freddie Roach is willing to donate his time to help the U.S. Olympic squad — working with the likes of Rau’shee Warren, Raynell Williams and several other top American amateurs.
“If there’s anything I can do to help these guys out, I want to do it,” Roach told The Associated Press after a training session with Warren, who’s hoping to become the first three-time Olympian in U.S. boxing history. “I want the American team back where it belongs. It doesn’t sit right with me that we’re not up there with the best.”