Although Zab Judah has not lost in five successive outings after losing to Joshua Clottey via a technical decision in 2008, the "Super" fighter from Brooklyn is viewed as an underdog in his upcoming fight with the young British ring star Amir Khan.
According to Khan his fight with Judah was the toughest option presented by his team after Tim Bradley flip flops on a fight that was almost a done deal.
For some unknown reasons, Bradley backed out from a match that was earlier agreed in principle. It was later clarified he had a fallout with his current promoter who has a reported live contract with him until July.
Khan has not lost a single fight since losing to compatriot Breidis Prescott in 2008, his lone loss in 26 professional fights.
In his seven-fight winning streak, Khan fought tough boxers in his class that include Oisin Fagan, Marco Antonio Barrera, Andreas Kotelnik, Paulie Malignaggi, Marcos Maidana, Dimitry Salita and Paul McCloskey.
Khan, who is only 24 years old and a former Olympic silver medalist, is expected to capitalize on his power and speed.
Although the 33-year-old Judah has a one-inch advantage in reach, Khan has the upper hand in height by 2.5".
Khan will most probably keep his distance in the early rounds to evade Judah's assault. He will try to frustrate Judah by not engaging at close range as he continues to pile points with jabs and snap shots at a distance.
As Judah gets frustrated by Khan's refusal to engage in the early rounds, the Bolton star is expected to get inside Judah's range in the later rounds and launch his assault at the aging Brooklyn slugger.
“Zab’s a tricky southpaw who’s won many world titles but I don’t think this is his time,” said the Bolton star. “He doesn’t have the hunger that I do. “I don’t think he can take the belt I have off of me.”
Freddie Roach, Khan's trainer knows exactly Judah's fighting style. "Zab has been around for a while. He’s a very slick southpaw," Roach insisted. "But we’re working on it every day and Amir is way ahead of schedule."
“We have a game plan for the fight,” he said. “So I know how to beat Judah and I’m already way ahead of schedule.
But Judah is all fired up and said he will deliver Khan's second defeat in Las Vegas next month.
“I’m ready and focused. It was a long road back to the top, but this is what a champion is made of. When they’re knocked down, they rise back up to the top.
“Amir’s an assassin with speed and power, but I’ve been where he’s been and he’s going to have to do it in the lights.
Despite the posturing by both fighters to gain psychological advantage, online polls show Khan will emerge as winner in what appears to be next month's biggest boxing event.