Khan cooking up a storm
Such is the opprobrium directed at Amir Khan by sections of the British public that you suspect he would have to defeat Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao on the same night - blindfolded and with one arm tied behind his back - for his doubters to acknowledge the extent of his talent.
But the nature of his victory over seasoned veteran Zab Judah, a five-time world champion who has been in with some of the biggest names of the modern era, will surely have won a few of those doubters over. It gets up some people's noses that the kid from Bolton thinks he is a little bit handy, but on the evidence of Saturday night in Vegas, he is exactly that. The best fighter in Britain? He may just be.
Just as Khan's humdinger of a fight against the big-hitting Marcos Maidana last year proved he can take one hell of a shot, his lopsided win over Judah proved he can out-slick a noted speedster. His American paymasters keep on teeing up the challenges, Khan keeps on smashing them out of the park, the worries over any perceived shortcomings receding further with every fight.
In truth, the 33-year-old Judah, with a 15-year career behind him, looked like a shop-worn fighter. But he was, after all, the IBF light-welterweight champion, with 17 world title fights and a ton of experience in the bank. You are only as good as the other man lets you, and through his constant pressure and speed of hands, Khan made Judah look like a man who had forgotten his pin number.
The art of good match-making is finding opponents who are on their way down and Khan's American promoters Golden Boy are masters in the field. The fifth-round knockout of Judah follows on from his defeats of Marco Antonio Barrera in 2009 and Paulie Malignaggi in 2010 - both former world champions, both past their best when Khan caught up with them.
In the same vein, Barrera's fellow Mexican legend Erik Morales, who has been mentioned by Golden Boy chief Richard Schaefer, could be next on Khan's hit-list. Morales has been on the slide for six years or more - but he is a nailed-on Hall of Famer and so will be an easy sell and a gold-leafed addition to the Khan resumé.
Khan celebrates the fifth successive defence of his title
Many will feel Khan's next opponent should be Tim Bradley, who owns the WBC and WBO light-welterweight belts. But Bradley has already turned down a fight with Khan once, despite the offer of a 50-50 split. Plus, despite his belts, the American is very far from being a marquee name.
Morales, now 34 and with 58 fights behind him, fights British lightweight champion Anthony Crolla in September, a bout 'El Terrible' should win at a canter. That would pave the way for a pre-Christmas clash with Khan, after which - should he win - Khan might look to move up to welterweight, where Sheffield prospect Kell Brook might slot right in.
The unbeaten Brook has been calling out his cross-Pennines rival in recent months and, as is the way in the social media age, engaged in a war of words with Khan on Twitter. Brook is homing in on a world title tilt and he could be the perfect homecoming fight for Khan next spring, at the perfect time.
Should Khan come through his next two fights, whoever they might be against, the clamour for a match-up with Mayweather will become deafening. As it stands, Khan is still some way short of Mayweather's class - but he is improving all the time and this time next year, he might just stand a chance.
There are those who will tell you the domestic heavyweight dust-up between Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora was an affront to the aesthetic senses. Well, of course it was, but it was tons of fun and what is called in the business a 'good bad fight'. If Khan-Judah was fine dining, Fury-Chisora was cod and chips in a bus shelter - and often cod and chips is all you want.
Anyone who has ever seen the fight between Danny McAlinden and Jack Bodell (Youtube it, it makes the wrestling scene between Alan Bates and Oliver Reed in Women in Love look like Hagler-Hearns) will know there has never been a golden age of British heavyweight boxing. For the most part the domestic scene has served up hearty, honest fare, and Saturday's smash-up at Wembley was no different.
Fury, a fellow who genuinely appears to enjoy having a 20 stone man trying to rip his head off for 12 rounds, entered the ring on Saturday wearing a T-shirt proclaiming 'I Found Jesus'. If he gets his wish and lands a shot against a Klitschko next, Fury's inspiration and all his saints and seraphim will not be able to help him.