LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 8: Amir Khan (L) and Zab Judah face off at a press conference to discuss their upcoming Super Lightweight World Championship Unification Fight at ESPN Zone At L.A. Live on June 8, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Amir Khan V. Zab Judah - Fight Week News And Updates

Amir Khan and Zab Judah are both expressing confidence heading into their HBO bout on Saturday. But the failures of past fights still dog both men. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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Amir Khan Vs. Zab Judah - Khan Receiving Double Judah's Fight Purse

Zab Judah may be more well known in America than Amir Khan, but he's not walking away from their HBO bout tonight with the bulk of the combined fight purse. Khan, the British slugger, will actually be taking more than 50% of the split. Dan Rafael tweeted about the situation yesterday:

Main event purses as per Nevada commission: Khan $1,072,500; Judah $500,000.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

There is another twist added to the money situation, as pointed out by Scott Christ of Bad Left Hook:

On top of Khan's $1 million-plus purse, he'll also have all of the UK TV money. The fight is being aired there on Primetime for £14.99.

Judah not getting a cut of the UK PPV money meant that he refused to answer questions on a recent media conference call asked by anyone with a British accent.

Be sure to follow us here at SB Nation MMA and our boxing blog Bad Left Hook for more news on this fight.


Amir Khan Vs. Zab Judah Weigh In Results - Both Men 140 Pounds

Amir Khan and Zab Judah hit the scales this evening in Las Vegas in preparation of their HBO clash tomorrow night. Both men weighed in at the targeted 140 pounds so their junior welterweight title bout is a go. There were no real fireworks or any other unexpected behavior at the weigh-in but both men looked ready for what should be a terrific bout.

Other weigh in results included Peter Qulinin and Jason LeHoullier both weighing in at 161, Gary Russell weighing 126 for his bout with Eric Estrada who checked in at 128. Finally James Kirkland and Alexis Hloros both tipped the scales at 157.5.

One other note of interest for boxing fans from the weigh-ins that speaks to future fights comes courtesy of Dan Rafael's twitter:

Had a chance to talk to Jorge Linares. Really wants fight DeMarco, which is possible for a vacant 135 belt.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

Make sure to follow us here at SB Nation MMA and our boxing blog Bad Left Hook for more updates on the fight.


Amir Khan Vs. Zab Judah - Live Weigh-In Video 5:30 P.M. ET

Amir Khan and Zab Judah meet in a 140 pound clash on HBO Saturday night. Before they can throw down in the ring, they have to step on the scales and make weight. Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports we have live video of the weigh-ins, expected to take place at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Neither man has a history of problems making weight but strange things are always possible when you get both fighters in the same room ahead of a world title bout. Do not miss this chance to get your first look at the fighters in "fighting shape."

We will have plenty more news and thoughts on the bout as it draws closer as well as live round by round coverage as the fight goes down.

Make sure to follow us here at SB Nation MMA and follow our boxing blog Bad Left Hook for more updates on this major fight.


Amir Khan Vs. Zab Judah - Roger Mayweather Lobs Steroid Accusation At Khan

Roger Mayweather is part of a defamation lawsuit by Manny Pacquiao for making accusations that the Filipino superstar was on steroids. Rather than decide that it just might be time to shut up about the whole thing, Roger is at it again. This time throwing Amir Khan's name in the mix when talking about Manny.

From an interview with The Examiner:

"The only reason Amir Khan has become the fighter he is, is because he's got those steroids in his ass too. The same thing Pacquiao's got in him. I know because those motherf***ers told me," Roger retorted.

Bold accusations but to know Roger you shouldn't be surprised. Pressing him for more details on who exactly was dishing out the info to him, he claims to have gotten close to a few members from Team Pacquiao.

"Motherf***ers from Pacquiao's camp, that's who. I talk to them dudes all the time."

Amir, to his credit, chose to address the accusation head-on in talking with The Daily Star:

"I have been drug tested every time - so many times I've lost count. And I have never failed one of them. Ihave been tested out of training camp and in training camp - even answering unexpected knocks at my door to comply. I have proved I am a clean fighter."

Amir goes on to tell a story of having been tested in his home in an unannounced fashion before his bout with Paul McCloskey.

Now, unless we're talking blood testing, none of these tests prove much of anything other than that fighters aren't on the basic drugs that are easy to pick up on a urine test.

Still, it's a bit past time for Roger Mayweather to keep his mouth shut when it comes to baseless steroid accusations.

Be sure to follow us at SB Nation MMA and our boxing blog Bad Left Hook for more updates on this major fight.


Amir Khan Vs. Zab Judah - Are Manny Pacquiao Or Floyd Mayweather Jr. In Winner's Future?

Amir Khan and Zab Judah are set to face off in a 140 pound contest this Saturday night on HBO. While Timothy Bradley remains a fair enough option for the winner should they choose to stay in the weight class, the true big fish are up one weight class at 147 pounds. Will Khan or Judah move up to welterweight to take on Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather, Jr. with a victory?

Golden Boy's Richard Schaefer says that Khan vs. Mayweather is a possibility:

"Floyd has told me he is very interested in meeting Amir in the ring next year. ... The plan would be for Amir to have another fight in December, in the US again, possibly against Erik Morales. He could then perhaps have a big UK battle, possibly against another Brit, Kell Brook, before moving on to face Mayweather."

Khan himself added to the idea of the fight happening by saying it has been agreed to:

"It's very realistic. Golden Boy's Richard Schaefer spoke with Mayweather and his manager, and they really want the fight against me. And he also spoke to me and Freddie and we both agreed to take the fight in 2012. I think it's going to be a huge fight."

Judah has spent time sparring with Pacquiao in the past and the idea of him meeting Manny is nothing new. Scott Christ of Bad Left Hook explains:

If Zab Judah wins this fight with Amir Khan, does he become a viable potential opponent for Manny Pacquiao? Judah is well-known, a win over Khan would be arguably the best of his career, and the fact is that Manny is running out of opponents unless Mayweather happens, or unless Victor Ortiz beats Mayweather.

I think the fight would at least get some consideration. Promoted by Main Events, Judah and his team have the ability to work with any promoter out there, and as the old saying goes, if it makes dollars, it makes sense.

Clearly, there is more riding on this fight than a simple win or loss. There could be a career defining, bank account swelling fight at the end of the rainbow.


Amir Khan V. Zab Judah - Fighters Confident Despite Demons Of Fights Past

Confidence is not a trait that will be missing from either Amir Khan or Zab Judah when they step into the ring for their HBO bout this Saturday night. Both men have been clear in expressing that they feel this is their fight to lose. Judah has even gone as far as to say that Khan is being sacrificed by his promoter in this bout:

"I'm definitely going to take him to school. After Saturday night he'll figure out that Golden Boy set him up by putting him in a position he shouldn't have been in. He's a great fighter but this fight is a little premature for him."

Khan has had plenty to say about how he will win the fight, but perhaps his most interesting quote regarding his self confidence was given to BBC Sport earlier this week:

"Pound-for pound, I'm way ahead of all the other British fighters, and I think people know that," Khan told BBC Sport. "[US broadcaster] HBO think I'm the best British fighter, the most skilful and the most exciting to watch."

There is nothing wrong with confidence heading into a fight, I'd expect nothing less. But for as successful as both men have been to this point in their respective careers they are both dogged by a single moment. For Khan it is the KO loss to Breidis Prescott:

That loss coupled with a few other dicey moments left Khan dogged by a label of "chinny." In going twelve rounds with the hard hitting Marcos Maidana in December he did his best to overcome that reputation but we know he can be knocked out.

For Judah it is the infamous KO at the hands of Kostya Tszyu:

It was the first time that Judah came up short when stepping up to an elite level, a recurring theme in his career. Not that Judah hasn't proven to be very good over his career, but he has come up short against names like Tszyu, Baldomir, Mayweather, Cotto and Clottey. More importantly, Judah's behavior after the fight showed the problems with immaturity that have been a huge part of his career.

There is a lot of talk about the new and improved Zab but it sounds like Scott Christ of Bad Left Hook isn't buying it:

who is this improved, awesome Zab Judah that everyone keeps telling me about? Was it the guy who was lucky to get the cards against Lucas Matthysse last year, or the guy who struggled with mediocre Kaizer Mabuza this year? It's not that I give Zab no shot against Khan (I give him a respectable shot that decreases steadily per round after round four), it's that there's no actual evidence of Judah being any better than he used to be. He just says he is, so other people say he is. But has he actually shown improvement? I don't think so. He's the same above average, highly flawed fighter he's been for years, one whose reputation for being a great talent is probably a little overstated given that he's never quite produced on the level of that reputation. But Zab's a star, I can give him that. And he's a good fighter. But Khan isn't Kaizer Mabuza. I still think this is an uphill climb for Zab.

And as for his maturity level, Judah gave out the dial in number to a recent media conference call for the fight to all his fans. While that may sound like a "neat" gesture, it's highly unprofessional and disrupts the ability to promote the fight properly to have a call swamped by fans. He also refused to answer questions from any media member with a British accent.

The story of the fight is one of two men displaying confidence on the outside while still trying to overcome the issues that have dogged their careers to this point. It has the ability to be a tremendous fight but the possibility of huge setbacks and revival of old demons for the loser might be just as big as the rewards for the winner.

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