Amir Khan: Credit where credit is due
By Byron Wallin: WBA and IBF unified light welterweight champion Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KO’s) put on a masterful display last Saturday night in defeating the over matched former multiple champion Zab Judah (41-7, 28 KO’s). Whilst that may sound like a contradiction it itself, please allow me to explain further.
I was never drawn in by the hype that Judah was going to be the one to expose Khan’s weak chin with his devastating power, and I couldn’t help but smile when I read some of the ‘brutal knockout ‘ predictions posted on this very site by writers merely hoping to provoke a response.
However, I did not predict that Khan would have such an easy nights work. He simply outclassed Judah making it almost impossible for him to lay a glove on Khan at any point in the fight. This being the same Judah who gave Floyd Mayweather Jr a stern test in the past by being able to dominate Floyd for the first few rounds. Judah simply was not at the races and decided to take the easy option out of the fight rather than continue his futile attempt to actually hit Khan with anything meaningful.
I must admit I have never been a very keen supporter of Kahn despite being a Brit myself. Particularly during the phase after he lost to Breidis Prescott where Khan seemed content to pick off feather fisted fighters or those who were well passed their sell by date. However my opinion of Amir did change drastically when he finally signed to fight and subsequently defeated his mandatory challenger, the ultra dangerous knockout artist Marcos Maidana. Khan showed real heart and courage in that fight, taking some monstrous punches that have resulted in some visible permanent alterations in the shape of khan’s nose which was badly damaged in the bout. This fight went some of the way to proving to me and others around the world that there is more substance to Khan than the protected hype job I initially thought him to be.
I am still by no means an Amir Khan fan. There is an air of arrogance surrounding Khan that I feel is most unnecessary at this point in his career, as he still has plenty left to prove. I also fear he may now decide to take some easy fights in order to ensure nothing derails his future dream bout with Mayweather. However, he has done it before, so hopefully he can prove me wrong once again.
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