Is Khan becoming infamous rather than famous in America?
By William Mackay: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan has now had five bouts in the United States and three of them have involved Khan doing quite a bit shoving and pulling down on the head of his opponents. Sometimes it’s better for a fighter to keep quiet and take his loss like a man rather than crying day and night about in the media trying to get sympathy.
In his last fight against Lamont Peterson, Khan was beaten in what was supposed to be a showcase fight of his talents in Washington, DC. Unfortunately things didn’t go Khan’s way and he ended up looking really in losing a 12 round split decision to Peterson.
This wasn’t supposed to happen. Khan and his team selected Peterson because he couldn’t punch and had previously been easily handled by Timothy Bradley. The loss was a huge blow to Khan’s career, but how he’s acted since then with his complaining and pointing fingers at the judges, referee, Peterson himself and the mystery man has made it much, much worse. Sometimes a fighters’ reaction to his defeat can make his defeat much worse when the fighter starts crying in the media, and Khan has been crying 24/7 since his loss last month. Khan is now looking to have the defeat overturned and ruled a ‘no contest’ so that he can have his titles back without a fight.
The complaining is making Khan more infamous than famous now because he’s starting to be intensely disliked by boxing fans. This whole thing is sticking around Khan’s neck like a bunch of garlic and it’s going to be hard for fans to see Khan in the future without associating him with the constant complaining about his loss. Khan would have been so much better to have taken the loss and moved on like most fighters do instead of the constant crying.
If Khan and Golden Boy are able to get Peterson’s win turned into a no contest, it’s going to be a real negative for Khan because a lot of boxing fans are going to completely hate him. I’m sure there will be a number of Khan’s fans in the UK that will stay loyal to him no matter what but for non-UK fans, who don’t have a built in reason for them to ignore Khan’s behavior, they’re going to hate him.