Khan Defeats Judah; No Chicken Dance by Zab, Just a Chicken Performance

Steve WatersContributor IIJuly 24, 2011

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 23:  (L-R) Amir Khan holds Zab Judah during their super lightweight world championship unification bout at Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 23, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Amir Khan vs. Zab Judah promised so much, but like so many other big fights of recent years delivered very little.

Judah had only lost once before at this weight to the legendary Kostya Tszyu and although that was along time ago, the boxing world will always remember Judah's "chicken dance" that night as he got up and went down a second time from one big shot before attacking referee Jay Nady.

Last night's bout was terrible and Khan was clearly better than Judah expected.  Judah landed one semi-decent shot in the first which caused Khan to come into Judah forcing a (accidental) clash of heads and Judah was really effected by this.  He then used the rest of the fight looking at the ref for help and claiming foul.  

Southpaw Judah barely threw any left hands and after three rounds his mouth was wide open as he was clearly feeling the pace.  

Khan didn't even (need) to step into second gear and it was obvious when Amir landed the low blow that Zab saw an excuse to get out.  It was a low blow, there is little doubting that, however, it definitely seemed that it wasn't as low as his balls.

This was such a shame, I honestly thought it was going to be an exciting fight, but Judah showed a real lack of character, when the going got (slightly) tough he used an excuse to quit and get out of there.

After this performance, we must question if Zab was only in their for one last big pay-day.  He has taken a beat-down like a man before (vs. Cotto) but he clearly didn't want to be on the end of what was seemingly going to be a long and painful night.

Khan said afterwards that he didn't even feel like he had been in a fight, that was probably because he wasn't.  

So what's next for Khan?  I think he beats both Bradley and also Eric Morales at this stage in 'El Terribles" career.  

If Mayweather defeats Victor Ortiz as expected on Sept. 17, we could perhaps see a Freddie Roach fighter fight Money after all.