Most of the boxing world was hoping to see WBA 140-pound champion Amir Khan step into the ring with WBC and WBO champ Tim Bradley on July 23.
It looks like that fight won't happen. Khan reportedly offered Bradley a 50-50 split of everything. Everything includes British TV rights, despite the fact that Khan would be the reason why British fans would watch the fight.
Bradley was offered $1.4 million guarantee from his promoter Gary Shaw. It would have been the biggest payday of Bradley's career. Bradley turned it down and it's not clear why. Industry insiders are pointing to his shaky relationship with Shaw as the reason. Bradley's contract with Shaw runs out toward the end of the summer.
Bradley's reluctance to take the fight hasn't stopped Khan. He's reportedly in talks with IBF 140-pound champion Jab Judah to fight on July 23. ESPN.com's Dan Rafael reported this last week.
Truth be told, Khan-Judah is probably the better matchup. Judah's flashy style would be a perfect compliment to Khan's aggressive nature. It also would go a long way in unifying the belts. The winner would have both the IBF and WBA belts, setting up what could be a mega-bout with Bradley in early December or late January.
So where would a Khan-Judah bout be held? Las Vegas is always the first place that enters the mind of fighters and promoters, because the Vegas hotels can afford the site fees.
But this bout is a bit different from the other major prize fights. Judah still has a solid following and has done well at the Prudential Center recently. Most of Khan's followers are British and flights from England to New Jersey are certainly cheaper than flights to Las Vegas.
But we all know the promoters -Golden Boy and Main Events- will go where the biggest payday is.
There's nothing wrong with that as long as we get a unification bout at some point in the near future.