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Sky Sports’ rejection of Amir Khan fight with Zab Judah baffles British world champion

Amir Khan has been left baffled by Sky Sports’ decision to reject his fight with Zab Judah at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Center on July 23.
Instead, the contest will be broadcast on Primetime, the one-off pay per view station, which housed his last defence against Irishman Paul McCloskey in April.

“We talked to Sky and they didn’t want the [Tim] Bradley or Judah fights. We were willing to bring Bradley to the UK too,” said Khan.

“We don’t have answers as to why they’re not interested. I’ll just have to win fights and prove them wrong. Hopefully they’ll come knocking on my door. I’ve got some big fights coming up – I want to be, pound for pound, the best in the world.

“I don’t know if it’s me or if they don’t enjoy my boxing. I think I have the most exciting skills in the country. They showed my fight with Dmitri Salita. I would have thought this was a better contest than that.”

Khan’s fight with McCloskey is said by Primetime to have registered 70,000 ppv buys.

Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy, Khan’s US promoters, said that if Sky rejected Khan, they would be cutting ties with all Golden Boy fighters.

“We are a family. Cut ties with Khan and you cut ties with the entire group of fighters.

“Mark my words. In 18 months Britain will have the best pound for pound fighter in the world. And his name will be Amir Khan.”

Khan also believes rival Timothy Bradley’s concern for his career compelled him to spurn a unification fight. Khan then switched to defending his WBA light-welterweight title against Judah, the IBF champion.

The 24 year-old had hoped to fight WBC and WBO champion Bradley, only for the American to reject the opportunity, despite being presented with a favourable offer.

“Bradley was given the best deal any opponent of mine could be getting,” said Khan. “I even offered him 50 per cent of the UK revenue, which is unheard of, but that’s how much I wanted the unification fight.

“He turned that down so we turned the page over and took on Zab Judah for a 45-55 split, even though I think Zab was worth 60-40.

“I would have preferred Bradley to take the number one spot and to win his two titles. Maybe that fight could happen in the future, but the same deal will not be on the table.

“He chickened out because he knew he was going to get beaten. And if he got beaten by me, his career would be finished. He doesn’t draw big crowds, so his two titles are his saviour.

“If I win them off him, he’ll be back on the small shows. Even his world title fights are small shows. He’s scared of getting beaten.”

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