Amir Khan vs. Zab Judah

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Super Lightweight World Championship Unification
Khan vs judah poster.jpg
Date July 23, 2011
Venue United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, United States
Title(s) on the line IBF/WBA Light Welterweight Titles on the line.
Tale of the tape
Boxer England Amir Khan United States Zab Judah
Nickname King Khan Super
Hometown Bolton, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom Brooklyn, New York United States
Pre-fight record 25–1-0 (17 KO) 41–6–0 (28 KO)
Height 5 feet, 10 inches 5 feet, 7.5 inches
Recognition WBA World Light Welterweight Champion. IBF World Light Welterweight Champion.
Khan defeats Judah by Knockout

WBA titlist Amir Khan and IBF titlist Zab Judah reached an agreement to meet for a unification bout for the IBF and WBA Light Welterweight Titles, on July 23, 2011 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.[1][2]


Amir Khan and Zab Judah started the build-up via a war of words on Twitter. The two fought in Las Vegas on 23 July, when the both put their titles on the line, Khan his WBA belt, Judah his IBF.[3]

At the weigh-in Khan and Judah both made weight weighing in on the 140 lbs limit.[4]

The fight[edit]

The fight was televised on the pay-per-view channel Primetime (UK) with commentary on BBC 5 Live and BBC Sport website and HBO. Amir Khan started the fight with a left jab. Round 1 saw a busy Amir Khan as he fought from the outside and kept Judah away with jabs and straights. All four rounds were taken by Khan. Ultimately on the 5th round Zab was taken down with a right uppercut to the body, in which at first commentators believed it was a low blow, since Judah was showing signs of agonizing pain, but when it was seen from a different camera angle, it was right on the belt, leading to a Knockout for Amir Khan. He held the IBF and WBA Light Welterweight titles until a controversial defeat at the hands of Lamont Peterson.[5]

Main card[edit]


  • Featherweight bout United States Gary Russell Jr. vs. United States Eric Estrada
    • Russell Jr. defeats Estrada via unanimous decision. (80-71, 80-71, 80-71)
  • Middleweight bout United States James Kirkland vs. United States Alexis Hloros
    • Kirkland defeats Hloros via technical knockout at 0:25 of second round
  • Featherweight bout United States Ronny Rios vs. Mexico Noe Lopez Jr.
    • Rios defeated Lopez Jr. via technical knockout at 1:12 of first round
  • Super Middleweight bout United States Josiah Judah vs. United States Rafael Jastrzebski
    • Judah defeats Jastrzebski via majority decision. (59-55, 58-56, 57-57)
  • Heavyweight bout United States Bryant Jennings vs. United States Theron Johnson
    • Jennings defeats Johnson via unanimous decision. (60-53, 59-54, 60-53)
  • Lightweight bout Republic of Ireland Jamie Kavanagh vs. United States Marcos Herrera
    • Kavanagh defeats Herrera via unanimous decision. (59-54, 60-54, 60-53)

Reported fight earnings[edit]

  • US earnings: Amir Khan ($1,072,500) vs. Zab Judah ($500,000)[6]
  • UK earnings: Amir Khan (share of UK pay-per-view earnings)[7]
  • US viewership: 1.417 million[8]

International broadcasting[edit]

Country Broadcaster
 Australia Main Event
 Czech Republic Sport 1
 Hungary Sport 2
 Indonesia tvOne
 Italy Sportitalia
 Malaysia Astro
 New Zealand Sky
 Pakistan Geo TV
 Philippines AKTV
 Poland Polsat Sport
 Portugal Sport TV
 Qatar Al Jazeera Sports
 Russia NTV Plus
 South Africa SuperSport
 United Kingdom Primetime
 United States HBO


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