After a lot of negotiations and arguments and Twitter wars and promoters bickering publicly about the value of the fight, the rumored bout between Amir Khan and Zab Judah has been agreed to for July 23. The two junior welterweight titlists will meet in Las Vegas, with Khan getting the bigger share of a 55-45 split.
Khan (25-1, 17 KO) last fought on April 16, dominating Paul McCloskey en route to a six-round technical decision in Manchester. That fight went through a lot of turmoil, including being kicked off of Sky Box Office and then off of Sky Sports altogether in the United Kingdom, while it aired on tape delay in the United States on HBO.
The 33-year-old Judah (41-6, 28 KO) was last seen on March 5 in New Jersey, where he beat Kaizer Mabuza to win the vacant IBF belt. The fight was televised by Integrated Sports PPV and wasn't widely-seen, but Judah's name value and fanbase is still there, even if his skills have diminished.
In a perfect world for Khan, he will beat Judah impressively and take the remaining rub left in Judah's name. In a perfect world for Judah, he beats Khan and becomes a serious player again, up to the point he could be a viable future opponent for a Manny Pacquiao fight, or perhaps even a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr if Floyd decides to ever fight again, and depending on whether or not those two are friends this week.
So, that's that, the fight is on. This leaves a few loose ends, including what Robert Guerrero will do now, as he was seriously in the running to face Khan if the Judah fight fell apart for good. The HBO co-feature will be Lamont Peterson vs Victor Cayo in an IBF eliminator, which could set up the two winners to meet later in the year.