Khan: “Maidana wants to stop me from having my legacy”
By Scott Gilfoid: I got a kick out of reading a recent quote by WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (23-1, 17 KO’s) upon the news that he had signed to fight World Boxing Association light welterweight interim champion Marcos Maidana (29-1, 27 KO’s) on December 11th at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Khan, 23, Had this to say in an article by Dan Rafael of ESPN: “I want this fight and the fans want to see this fight. It’s two explosive styles meeting up. It’s the explosive puncher [referring to Maidana] against the quick and explosive boxer. They say Maidana has a style to beat a boxer, so let’s see how good he is. Maidana wants to stop me from having my legacy, but that is not going to happen. But let him try.”
Oh brother. What is Khan doing talking about a legacy at this early stage in his career? The dude has fought the pillow puncher Paulie Malignaggi and beat a paper champion Andriy Kotelnik to win the WBA light welterweight title, and Khan wants to talk about legacies. Khan got knocked out in the 1st round by Breidis Prescott, a fighter that has been beaten twice since then by non champions. Prescott has been exposed since Khan was knocked out by two middle of the pack contenders. I like how Khan describes himself as an “explosive boxer.” Khan isn’t a puncher, but I really hope he tries to be one against Maidana. He’s going to get knocked out if he stands and trades with Maidana.
I’m not talking top contender. I’m talking middle of the pack. And Khan didn’t even try to fight a rematch with Prescott. Where does Khan’s legacy come into all this? The last thing that Khan needs to be worrying about right now is his precious legacy. Heck, he’ll be lucky if he can get by Maidana without getting stretched for the 10 count in this fight. I don’t think Khan can beat Maidana, so he doesn’t need to worry about his legacy.
Khan revel his memories of winning a Silver Medal in Olympic at the amateur level, but as far the professional ranks go, I see Maidana ending Khan’s so-called legacy on December 11th. And it’s get much worse for Khan after Maidana. You got Devon Alexander, Timothy Bradley, Victor Ortiz and Zab Judah. I don’t see Khan ever beating any of those guys. The weeding out process starts right here with Khan getting knocked cold by Maidana. Khan should have gone backwards with his career and proved that he could actually beat Prescott, instead of skipping ahead and facing the weakest of the light welterweight champions in Kotelnik.
Khan won’t have to worry about his previous legacy after Maidana knocks him out. He’ll be doing him a big favor because that will be one less thing that Khan has to worry his head over. Once he’s trounced by Maidana, Khan can worry about his legacy facing British fighters in the UK. I think he might even have problems beating those guys.
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