Julio Diaz: I’m worried about being robbed against Khan

By Boxing News - 04/26/2013 - Comments

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By Scott Gilfoid: Former two-time IBF lightweight champion Julio Diaz (40-7-1, 29 KO’s) figures he may likely need a knockout on Saturday night over Amir Khan (27-3, 19 KO’s) to keep from getting jobbed by the judges in their fight in Sheffield, UK.

Diaz is Mexican and he’s fighting Khan in his home country of Britain where he’s a huge star for the Brits. They love the guy.

Diaz said to Fightnews.com: “I am concerned about being robbed. I am going for the knockout.”

What a pity it would be if Khan got a gift decision. We already saw him win a fight over Marcos Maidana that arguably should have been or could have been stopped had the referee not gotten in the way of Maidana when he was trying to finish Khan off in the last three rounds. The way that that fight went, I still think Khan would have been knocked out had there been a more hands off referee working it.

What Diaz needs to do is make sure he takes the judges out of the equation completely by going after Khan and hitting him as hard as possible with every punch. What Danny Garcia and Breidis Prescott did to Khan wasn’t because they hit him with the hardest shots in the world. All they did was tap his chin with a good shot and Khan did the rest by hitting the deck.

Khan’s chin will likely betray him again if Diaz can find him enough times. Khan will certainly give him a lot of opportunities to land a big shot by fighting aggressively as he always does. Khan doesn’t know how to fight in a safety first manner and even if he did, he’d still be in great danger with every fight because of his inability to handle big shots without hitting the canvas.

Khan’s trainer Virgil Hunter supposedly has made changes to Khan’s fighting style to have him using his jab more frequently, but I didn’t see that in his last fight against Carlos Molina. Khan was the same exact fighter he’s always been and I suspect that’s what we’ll see on Saturday night when Khan faces Diaz in Sheffield.

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