Khan says he was over-trained for the Maidana fight
By William Mackay: It took awhile to come up with a good excuse for why he took a lot of punishment and was almost knocked out in his last fight against Marcos Maidana (29-2, 27 KO’s) last December, but WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (24-1, 17 KO’s) has finally opened up his lips and revealed the secret that boxing fans have been waiting breathlessly to hear. According to Khan, he was over-trained for the Maidana fight, and it caused him to be weak.
Khan said this about the Maidana fight on his twitter page: “I don’t know if you know I over-trained for the Maidana fight. I did well but I know I could have done better. 13 weeks training was too long. Previous fights I felt sharp, but I remember I was on pads in changing room. I didn’t have the snap in shots but was hitting hard. I felt heavy. [Freddie] Roach agreed.”
I wonder if Khan has ever considered that his power wasn’t there for the Maidana fight was because Khan spent too much time running like a gazelle. That might be the biggest reason why Khan’s power wasn’t there. Khan was literally running for his life after knocking Maidana down early in the 1st round. Had Khan stood his ground and continued to fire power shots, who knows? He might have been able to stop Maidana if he went back to the body. Instead, Khan took off like a scalded dog after the knockdown and seemed as if he were afraid of Maidana looking to retaliate with his own power shots. In hindsight, it was the wrong thing for Khan do. He had Maidana where he wanted him and instead of putting the coupe de grace on him, Khan ran and ran and ran. That’s why his power wasn’t there. When Khan finally did try to trade with Maidana after getting hurt in the 10th, Khan’s legs weren’t there. They were like rubber from all the running he had done and because he was hurt.
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