Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
I believe this quote relates a lot to the sport of boxing.
Imagination is a fighter’s greatest weapon and knowledge is their greatest defense. Like any other weapon, it could be dangerous when it’s pointed towards you.
A problem many fighters have in the squared circle is letting fear play with their imagination and let it threaten them when fear has full control of their greatest weapon. But it takes knowledge to defeat it.
Those who overcome fear in the ring and become world champions realize that letting fear play with their imagination is like a thief pointing a gun at you with no bullets. It may sound scary but it’s a risk world champions are willing to take.
On July 23rd, two great distinct fighters will be battling in the ring at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. WBA World Super Lightweight Champion Amir Khan (25-1, 17 KOs) will take his biggest test yet in the squared circle against the current IBF Light Welterweight Champion Zab Judah (41-6, 28 KOs).
Amir Khan is coming off a decent victory against the once-unbeaten British fighter Paul McCloskey, while Judah is coming off an exciting seventh-round TKO victory over Kaizer Mabuza.
These two warriors are highly motivated and ready to test their skills in the ring. Although boxing experts are favoring Khan, the majority are aware that Judah could be a major threat on July 23rd when he steps in the ring against the British champ.
This is the type of fight that will keep the fight fans quiet in the first two rounds like if they were in a Charlie Chaplin film.
The fighting styles of these two champions are quite different and complicated. They are quick, aggressive and explosive. By mixing all these elements in the sweet science, it will only generate fireworks and tremendous action. Just not enough fireworks to witness a knockout.
It's quite hard for people like me to predict an Amir Khan fight. He's an artist with many paintings. He could be creative like a Picasso in the ring, but there are times when he performs poorly and creates horrible things like caveman art.
I do believe Khan will defeat Zab "Super" Judah. But I am aware that it will be a close, exciting fight that may disappoint the fans.
There are three reasons why I believe Amir Khan could win either by unanimous or by robbery.
Reason No. 1
Judah has a powerful uppercut and can land explosive combinations that could get any fighter in trouble. Judah may score at least one knockdown against Khan in the later rounds.
Khan is a talented fighter that starts the fight like a cheetah, but later turns into a turtle as the rounds go by. He slows down and begins to drop his hands a little too often. He did it against Maidana and survived a storm of powerful punches from the Argentine warrior.
If Judah doesn’t start strong in the first few rounds. He will most likely lose the fight. Unless he pulls of a knockout victory against “King” Khan.
Reason No. 2
Khan will most likely win the majority of the first eight rounds before he starts dropping his hands too much. Khan’s footwork, hand speed and stamina may help him defeat Judah by unanimous. However, if he fades away in Rounds 8-12, he could get in trouble and there could be a decent chance of Judah scoring a knockout and a tremendous chance of Judah scoring an impressive knockdown.
Even if Judah scores two knockdowns in the later rounds, it’s sad to say that the judges will lose their glasses and cool contacts by then. So it won’t make a difference.
Reason No. 3
It may sound like I’m discrediting the British champ Amir Khan; however, I’m only stating what could happen based on several observations from these two fighters. Yes, I said Khan could get hurt in the later rounds—just like when he fought Marcos “El Chino” Maidana. But in order for that to happen, Judah will have to survive the first seven rounds.
There is a chance of Judah getting knocked out in the first five rounds; I don’t think it’ll happen. Judah doesn’t have as much head movement as he used to, therefore I believe Khan will feed him a lot of jabs and will help him go downstairs and land great body punches.
If Khan wants to end the fight early, his best bet is to go to the body and use the jab to create distance and set up enough space to land strong body punches.
These two fighters are strong and talented. One of them is a smart fighter and the other one knows how to hustle. I won’t bother saying who’s who; if you are a fan of either of these champions, you should know what I'm talking about.
July 23rd should be a great night for the fight fans. I respect both of these fighters, but can’t say a lot about the judges we have in today’s era.
If Judah doesn't knock out Khan, Khan will pull off the victory either way.
The British champ will either win by unanimous decision or win by robbery if he performs poorly on the day of the fight.
It's sad to say that I have to add robberies to my boxing predictions, but there’s nothing I can do to change the way judges score cards.