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Khan over his illness

By William Mackay: World Boxing Association (WBA) light welterweight champion Amir Khan (23-1, 17 KO’s) is feeling better after suffering a brief illness while visiting Pakistan. Yesterday, the 23-year-old Khan suddenly became ill with stomach ache and suffered a fever along with it. However, after having a doctor treat him for his stomach ailment, Khan has made a miraculous recovery.

On Khan’s Twitter page, he had this to say about his recent illness: “Starting to feel better. Had the worse headache and stomach cramps. Mum was putting cold wet towels on my forehead and body, was very hot. My mum sat next to me and prayed something from the Quran. When she was finished, I was perfect. I’m sat here now like I was never ill.”

Khan still plans on traveling to Las Vegas, Nevada this week to watch the lightweight bout between Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz. Khan is hoping to fight the winner of that bout next on December 11th on HBO. This would be Khan’s second fight against an opponent that Americans are familiar with. In Khan’s last fight in May, he stopped American Paulie Malignaggi in the 11th round.

By going from Malignaggi to someone like Marquez, Khan will be making a name for himself without the big risk involved with taking on the dangerous fighters from his own weight class like Marcos Maidana, Timothy Bradley, Devon Alexander and Victor Ortiz. Think of it as a shortcut way to mega stardom for Khan. However, for Khan to become a truly great star in the U.S., he’s going to have to start fighting and beating the top light welterweights in his division.

He’s probably going to have to beat most, if not all, of them because Bradley, Alexander, Ortiz and Maidana aren’t huge stars in American. It might take wins over the entire bunch of them for Khan to become the star that’s he’s hoping to be. The worse thing Khan can do, though, is to continue to fight lightweights once he takes on Marquez or Diaz on December 11th. Khan has to start fighting the top guys from his own division, because picking lightweights and having them move up to fight him won’t do the trick in making Khan a big star.

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