LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 22: Amir Khan (L) and Zab Judah during the weigh in to preview their Super Lightweight World Campionship Unification match at the Mandalay Bay Events Centre on July 22, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

Khan Vs. Judah Results: Amir Stops Zab In Five

SB Nation brings you live results and play-by-play for the light welterweight championship bout between Amir Khan and Zab Judah. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

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Amir Khan's Next Fight: Erik Morales Leading Candidate, Floyd Mayweather Jr. To Follow?

Amir Khan demolished Zab Judah in their light welterweight clash on HBO. The blowout win by Khan moved him to 26-1 (18 KO) in his career, with the lone blemish being a surprising first round KO loss to Breidis Prescott in 2008. With the win over Judah, attention now turns toward Khan's next fight.

At 24 years old, the sky is the limit for the young Brit. While there has been plenty of speculation that a win would put him in line to move up to 147 pounds to fight a huge name like Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Khan's management has made it clear that he is one or two fights away from moving up to the biggest fish in the sport.

Before the fight, Golden Boy Promotions' Richard Schaefer told The Daily Star this was the case:

"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."

The bout with Morales has been one that Khan's people have talked about for some time. It was also a bout that was brought up again by Schaefer. From a tweet by Steve Kim of Max Boxing:

Schaefer says Khan might face winner of Guerrero-Maidana in December or Erik Morales #boxing #khanjudahless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

The winner of Guerrero/Maidana is likely a much tougher fight than a faded Morales and right now may be the time where management looks to protect Khan to get the massive pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Assuming Khan gets through his next fight unscathed and Mayweather Jr. defeats Victor Ortiz in their upcoming fight, we may very well be on our way to a bout between "Money" and "King" Khan.


Khan Vs. Judah Results: Amir Stops Zab In Five

Amir Khan met a big name opponent in Zab Judah in the Mandalay Bay, but many hardcore boxing fans knew coming in that Judah was a man who never beat elite opponents when given the chance. Through the first four rounds of the bout that narrative was proven correct. Khan was simply too big and too talented for Judah throughout the bout. The constant aggression of Amir left Judah playing defense and never looking for more than one big fight changing shot.

Rounds one through four saw Judah get bloodied by his younger foe as his trainer, Pernell Whitaker, desperately tried to get Zab to open up with combinations.

In the fifth round, Amir started to hurt Judah with his power punches. At one point a left hand buzzed Judah, forcing him back into the ropes. Powerful straight right hands followed from Khan. Eventually a right hand buzzed Zab again and a body shot from Khan followed and sent Judah to the mat.

The blow looked to be directly on the beltline of Judah, but his waistband was high and it was hard to tell if it was an illegal shot or not. Judah chose to remain face down on the mat while the referee stood over him, counting to ten and awarding Khan the KO win.

The moment the referee finished the count, Judah jumped up and began to complain that it was a low blow.

While there may be a case for the punch being illegal, the fact that Judah chose to stay down during a count from the ref, not turn and plead his case and then jump up the moment the count finished looked clearly as though Zab had had enough and chose his way out.

Amir Khan was simply too good for Zab Judah on this night. Even if Zab had gotten up or the referee had chosen to call it a low blow, the stoppage was clearly going to come sooner rather than later.

We will have more on this fight in the coming hours and days here on SB Nation MMA as well as our boxing blog Bad Left Hook.

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