Khan, Judah meet in crossroads bout

Rising star faces vet in 140-pound fight

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LAS VEGAS --- Amir Khan often spars in camp with Manny Pacquiao, so he's used to tough fights. Zab Judah plans to give him just that when they meet tonight in a 140-pound unification bout.

Khan and Judah both bring titles to the fight, which pits a veteran (Judah) who has been in the ring against some big names against a fighter who seems to just be reaching his prime. It figures to be a crossroads fight for both boxers, though Khan is the one with a potentially brighter future.

"I think everyone knows I've got a big task in front of me. I've got Zab Judah," Khan said. "My goals are to take the best out there and the likes of Floyd Mayweather one day. At the moment, I want to take things a step at a time."

Khan (25-1, 17 knockouts) has defended his WBA title three times since winning it in December 2009 by beating Dmitriy Salita.

The fight comes after a disappointing performance in Khan's last bout when his fight against Paul McCloskey ended when the doctor ended it with McCloskey cut after the sixth round.

"There are those who say Amir Khan can't take a punch," said Khan. "That I'm a bit chinny -- Zab has been accused of that, as well. That's why this is an exciting fight."

Judah (41-6, 28 knockouts) is the biggest name Khan has met and, at the age of 33, he comes into the scheduled 12-round bout with the IBF version of the title. Judah, who lost a decision to Mayweather five years ago, has won five consecutive fights and says he has recommitted himself to a career that has now stretched over 15 years.

"I've been where he's been, and he's going to have to do it in the lights," Judah said. "I've beaten a guy from Argentina, a guy from Africa, and now I'm going to beat a guy from the U.K."


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