Khan-Diaz: Amir can’t afford another loss
By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (27-3, 19 KO’s) has been put in the position where if he loses his next fight against Julio Diaz (40-7-1, 29 KO’s) on April 27th then it’ll be pretty much over for the 26-year-old Khan.
Diaz isn’t ranked in the top 15 in the welterweight division, and he’s not even close to being as good as many of the top 15 contenders in that division and also in the light welterweight division. If Khan can’t beat this guy when he faces him at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, then it’s really over for Khan.
Khan can resist the truth and talk about how his new trainer Virgil Hunter can teach enough to come back from a defeat against Diaz, but the writing will be on the wall. It’ll be over for Khan.
I don’t think Khan will quit as long as there’s money be scooped up from Showtime, HBO or Sky for facing weak opposition like his last opponent, but the wishing well will run dry for Khan when the executives realize that he can’t beat the upper guys, and can only defeat the Carlos Molina, Paulie Malignaggi and Paul McCloskey type fighters. You know the light hitters without the power to dent his fragile chin.
Khan has lost two out of his last three fights, and his Golden Boy wants to make sure that he doesn’t lose again anytime soon. That’s why Diaz was found for Khan because he’s considered a safe bet that Khan will be able to beat him. However, even a played out fighter like Diaz has a little bit of magic left in him, and he might have enough to dust Khan for his third knockdown loss.
I can’t imagine Showtime or HBO wanting to continue to televise Khan’s fights if he loses to Diaz. They’d likely want their losses in a big way by no longer offering contracts to him.
Khan could still find his way on television if he fights on an undercard or something, but I doubt it would be a contract thing with either of those networks because there are too many other fighters with a future that HBO or Showtime could be televising instead.