Khan unhappy with his long layoff – News
By William Mackay: World Boxing Association light welterweight champion Amir Khan (23-1, 17 KO’s) is upset that he won’t be fighting soon, and he’s vowed not to take another long break in the future. Khan, 23, last fought on May 15th, beating the pillow-punching Paulie Malignaggi by a 11th round TKO. Instead of fighting in September, Khan will be taking the time off for Ramadan. However, Khan had no shortage of opponents to fight him, such as John Murray and Michael Katsidis. Unfortunately, Khan says they priced themselves out of a fight with him by asking for too much money.
In an article at the Dailystar.co.uk, Khan says “It is a long break and my team thought it best for me not to fight, but I am a born fighter and, for someone like me, I don’t want to take time off, especially not at this moment because I am in my prime. I don’t really want to miss a fight and it is a lesson to be learnt. I don’t think it will ever happen again and, hopefully, we will learn and not stay out of the game so long. I could have got an opponent but we would have been rushing it with Ramadan coming up.”
Well, I imagine Khan could have given his opponents what they wanted and fought one of them if he wanted. Also, this isn’t going to be the last time that Khan has the Ramadan holiday effecting his fight schedule. Khan is either going to have to get used it or decided to fight anyway in the future when things like this get in the way of him fighting as much as he’d like. For me, I wouldn’t care if Khan fought only twice a year, as long as he was fighting good opponents and not a bunch of light hitters that are no threat to his chin. For instance, if Khan were to fight Marcos Maidana next, and then Timothy Bradley after that, I would be more than happy.
However, Khan wants to fight the winner of the July 31st bout between Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Juan Diaz. Those guys aren’t even light welterweights and neither of them are big punchers. That’s weak. I don’t want to see that, and if those are the kinds of fights that Khan is going to be fighting, then why is he unhappy about not being active? Khan needs to take on fighters from his own weight class. Putting it off won’t help matters. Khan will eventually have to fight Maidana, Bradley and Devon Alexander unless he plans on moving up in weight to the welterweight division without facing these guys or retiring.
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