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Is it a bad sign that Khan was running around the ring like a chicken with it’s head cut off against Maidana?

By Scott Gilfoid: Usually when you have a fighter that’s being hyped and groomed for so-called greatness they’re supposed to look good, look brave and look sensational. Somehow I don’t get that picture when I see WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan. In watching Khan’s fight against Marcos Maidana last month, my picture of Khan was that of a big chicken running around the ring like it’s head had been cut off.

All you had to do was put on some feathers on Khan and had him squawk a little and you’d have the perfect imitation of an oversized chicken running for its life. It was like Maidana had a big axe and was chasing Khan around the ring trying to cut his head off with it. It was beyond belief. Khan turning his back, Khan clinching, Khan all over Maidana holding him and being allowed to. I tried to be like the rest of the British loyalists and worship Khan like many of them do, but Khan’s running for his life just spoilt it for me.

Now I can’t help thinking of Khan as a big chicken every time I think of him. I know he’s not a chicken, but the image is still there for me. I don’t know what fans see in him, honestly. I’m trying to picture a future where Khan can succeed while running for his life constantly, and I just keep drawing a blank.

All I can see is Khan being exposed when he finally faces Timothy Bradley or Devon Alexander, and ends up being humiliated on national television with his running. You got to fight to become a star over here. Running around, clinching and being bailed out by the referee during crucial moments just won’t get the job done.


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