Would Ortiz be too powerful for Khan?
By William Mackay: Based on what I saw of WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan in his win over Paul McCloskey last Saturday night and Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KO’s) with his 12 round unanimous decision victory over WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (27-1, 21 KO’s) on the same night, I think Ortiz is the better fighter compared to Khan and I think he would knock Khan out if they were to fight right now.
Ortiz looks a lot stronger than Khan, and I have hard time seeing Khan making it out of the 1st round if he were blitzed as hard as Berto was by Ortiz. Khan supposedly beat a much younger Ortiz while in the amateur ranks. I don’t see Khan being able to repeat that kind of success at the professional level.
The reason being Ortiz brings a lot of the same things to the table that Marcos Maidana but is much faster, accurate and dangerous than him. Being a southpaw makes Ortiz even more of a problem for Khan. I think Khan is good against certain fighters like McCloskey and Paulie Malignaggi-types. But if you put Khan in with Ortiz right now and I don’t see Khan being able to stay in there for very long. I don’t care how fast Khan’s hands are or how well he can run around the ring.
Ortiz will catch up to him to him and light him up over and over again. Ortiz would be able to take Khan’s weak flurries, but I can’t see Khan being able to take Ortiz’s huge left hands for very long.
Like I said, I see this as a likely 1st round knockout win for Ortiz right now. Khan plans on moving up in weight if he can beat Timothy Bradley this summer. That’s a big ‘if’ because Khan may very well lose to Bradley and be stuck at light welterweight for some time. But if Khan does get by Bradley, I can’t see Khan being put anywhere near Ortiz.
Believe me, Golden Boy Promotions will keep Khan a million miles away from Ortiz and will likely set him against one of the two paper champions at welterweight in Jan Zaveck or Vyacheslav Senchenko. Khan will probably get matched weak so that they can put a paper title around his waist. Meanwhile, Ortiz will be lining them up and knocking down his contenders one after another until he gets a fight against Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayeather Jr.
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