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Khan rejects low blow claims, targets Mayweather

ESPN staff
July 24, 2011

Amir Khan completely rejected Zab Judah's claims that the Brit's fight-ending punch was a low blow, and now Khan is targeting a potential clash with Kell Brook before hunting down Floyd Mayweather Jnr.

Khan utterly outclassed Judah in Las Vegas on Saturday, brutalising the veteran before taking the wind out of him with an uppercut to the body. The blow finished the fight, but there was debate as to whether Khan's strike had landed below the waistline.

Certainly Judah is convinced he was hit by an illegal blow, although he looked well on his way to defeat prior to the body shot. The American stated: "Everyone in world who saw the fight will see that's a low blow.

"I thought he (the referee) was giving me time to get up. He then said 'over'. I thought he was giving me a standing eight-count. I didn't understand that."

Khan, who unified the IBF and WBA light-welterweight titles, would not even entertain the idea that he had won in illegal fashion though, stating on Radio Five Live: "He went down. It was above the belt.

"Zab's a great fighter. I respect him a lot. But it was nowhere near below [the belt]. It was a great shot."

The question of Khan's future inevitably emerged and it appears Brook, the undefeated Sheffield fighter who recently beat Lovemore N'Dou, could be on the agenda. That fight is targeted for December or January, before Khan bids to secure a bout with Mayweather, who stated on Friday his dream of returning to the UK.

"Amir will move up to 147lbs after December, that's something he's looking to do. It'll be December or early next year," said Khan's business manager, Asif Vali, on Sky Sports News. "He'll have one more fight in the UK. Kell Brook is there at 147, that's a fight that interests British fans.

"And Mayweather's there. He came out yesterday and said he'd like to fight Amir in the UK, so I hope he sticks by it. At 147 that's going to be a huge fight."

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