Amir Khan vs. Zab Judah: 5 Fighters We Wish King Khan Would Fight Instead
After a long, drawn-out buildup, Amir Khan is set to fight Zab Judah on July 23 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
The unification fight will determine who reigns supreme in the light welterweight division, as Judah's IBF crown and Khan's WBA title are on the line.
Khan is a rising star and at the age of 22, the young man from Bolton is looking to solidify his name amongst the top ranks of the sport.
Judah, on the other hand, is an experienced veteran who has re-defined his career as of late. The Brooklyn born fighter also has much to fight for, as he is on the rise from a low-point in his career.
The pre-bout drama certainly has added to its luster, but this isn't the "signature fight" that will bring boxing back to its glory.
With Khan on his imminent rise to stardom, there are a handful of fighters that would bode a better matchup at this point in time.
5. Kell Brook
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To British boxing fans, what sounds better than an all-English bloodbath?
Kell Brook, Boxer Writing Club's 2009 young boxer of the year winner, holds the WBA international welterweight title and remains undefeated at 24-0 (16 KOs).
A potential fight is already in the making, as a recent war of words between the two erupted on Twitter in June.
Brook said in his comments that he would "have a belt waiting for [him]" should Khan jump to 147 pounds.
Whether that is the case or not, the intrigue of these two exchanging punches inside the ring is very exciting.
4. Robert Guerrero
Former three-time featherweight champion of the world Robert Guerrero has enjoyed success throughout his career, boasting a 29-1-1 record all-time.
As of recent he moved up in weight class to fight both Joel Casamayor and Vicente Escobedo in 2010, winning both bouts.
In 2011, Guerrero fought Michael Katsidis for the interim WBA and WBO lightweight titles, defeating him in 12 rounds on unanimous decision.
Although he is scheduled to fight Argentine Marcos Maidana on August 27th, a Guerrero vs. Kahn fight would be a great battle between the two young fighters.
3. Breidis Prescott
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On paper this is an intriguing matchup because both Kahn and Breidis Prescott are tall, long-armed fighters who like control the distance between their opponents.
In 2008, Prescott executed one of the biggest upsets in recent British boxing history when he defeated Kahn after 54 seconds in the first round.
This was, and is, Kahn's lone defeat in what is a stellar record at 25-1 (17 KO's).
At 24-2, Prescott is known for his powerful punches as 19 of his 24 victories have come via knockout.
If "King Kahn" wants to continue his ascent in the ranks, he will have to go through Breidis Prescott. What better way to do so then starting off by avenging the sole loss of your career.
2. Erik Morales
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Known as one of the best fighters of his generation, Erik Morales has been at the top of the boxing world before.
The Mexican-born fighter ranks 49th on ESPN's "50 greatest boxers of all time" and has fought some of the best boxers in the world.
Morales' 65-7 career record proves just that.
Although Morales reportedly declined the option of fighting Khan a few weeks ago, don't be surprised if a Khan vs. Morales is on the horizon should Khan win his next fight.
1. Timothy Bradley
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Tim Bradley is 27-0, ranked The Ring magazine's pound-for-pound sixth best boxer in the world, and current WBO and WBC World Light Welterweight Champion of the world.
The mere thought of Khan vs. Bradley will have any boxing fan salivating at the mouth.
Timothy Bradley recently opted to night fight the rising British star, as some speculate the monetary compensation was not up to his standards.
Pundits and fans alike wanted a Bradley versus Khan, but they may have to wait a few more years and Khan victories for a division unification bout between the two.