Khan doesn’t feel he has a chin problem
By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (27-3, 19 KO’s) doesn’t see himself having problems taking hard shots from his opponents, and he points out that he’s never been knocked out in the clinical sense as proof of that.
Khan said on his social media site, “Getting knocked down is one thing. Getting knocked down + put to sleep is another. [It] never happened to me. I’ve been stopped two times on my feet. So does that mean [Manny] Pacquiao , [Juan Manuel] Marquez, [Mike] Tyson, [Lennox] Lewis, many more have glass chins cause thy got knocked out / down; Silly people out there. What’s this bull**** about glasschin. LOL [laugh out loud] makes me laugh 30 fights lost 3. Well, 2 really. So all those who Say that make me laugh.”
As you can see, Khan seems to be in denial about his two KO losses and his near knockout loss to Marcos Maidana, a fight which I feel should have been stopped in the 10th round when Khan was staggering around the ring after getting tagged by a hard right hand from Maidana.
What Khan doesn’t seem to understand is that he doesn’t necessarily need to be knocked unconscious for him to have a problem taking hard shots. It’s enough that he’s knocked down, and badly wobbled to show that he has problems taking hard shots.
Breidis Prescott and Danny Garcia both stopped Khan, and had the fights gone on a little while longer there’s no question that Khan would have been clinically knocked out. The point is he was so badly hurt in both fights that he could no longer defend himself was in great danger of getting badly hurt.
Khan did get beaten by Lamont Peterson, and that’s really sad that Khan still thinks he should have won that fight. He was fouling like mad by shoving Peterson around the ring all night, and until boxing adds shoving and pulling down on a fighters’ head to the rule book for allowable tactics, fighters like Khan are going to have problems when they bend the rules.
Khan will be fighting next month against 2nd tier fighter Julio Diaz (40-7-1, 29 KO’s) on April 27th at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. This no doubt is another soft touch that Khan’s promoters at Golden Boy have found for Khan after he beat 2nd tier lightweight Carlos Molina in his last fight last December. The win over Molina interrupted Khan’s two-fight losing streak, but it’s so, so sad that Golden Boy had to resort to matching Khan up against a fighter like that just to get him back on the winning track.