In the past decade, the general consensus opinion of the masses has been that the sport of boxing has begun a swift decline into irrelevance. Many have blamed this decline on a shift from a sport of brawlers and haymakers to slick boxers and technicians.
The validity of those opinions can be debated, but what's clear is that those in favor of action, risk taking and heavy punches will be reward on Saturday as WBA Junior Welterweight Champion Amir Khan (25-1, 17 KO's) will battle veteran IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Zab Judah (41-6, 28 KO's).
Amir Khan and Zab Judah don't carry the marquee names that some of the summer's past matchups have included (Klitschko vs. Haye, Hopkins vs Pascal etc.) but what Judah and Khan lack in Q-rating, they are assured to make up in pedigree, skill and action.
One of the fastest rising stars in the sport, 24-year-old Amir Khan, is knocking at the door of a mega-fight. A win over a well respected veteran such as Judah would almost assure it.
But unlike many of the aging stars we've seen recently Judah, 33, has shown little signs of aging and represented himself well in a recent fight against strong opponent, just ask Devon Alexander, Lucas Matthysee.
In a fight that could be one of the best of 2011 here are three reasons to watch Khan vs. Judah.