Khan To Face Gomez On June 21st

khan446444.jpgBy Scott Gilfoid: Former lightweight Silver medalist from the 2004 Olympic Games Amir Khan will be taking on Michael Gomez (35-8m 24 KOs) on June 21, at the NIA, in Birmingham, England. Though some people are calling this the stiffest test of the 21 year-old Khan’s three year professional career, many see it as otherwise, feeling that Gomez, 30, a former BBBofC British super featherweight champion, is well past his prime now and can offer up little resistance to the talented Khan. To be sure, Gomez has lost three out of his last six fights, with all three losses coming by knockout.

It would perhaps be excusable if they were all against top flight opposition, but the names Peter McDonagh (7-11) and Javier Osvaldo Alvarez would seem to suggest that Gomez has slipped a lot from his perch near the top of the British boxing scene that he held in 2003. Funny how much things change in five years. It was that long ago, in 2003, when Gomez pulled off the best victory of his career, a 5th round TKO of Alex Arthur. It was Gomez at his best, and he followed it up in the next year with a 6th round stoppage of the hard-punching Leva Kirakosyan. Unfortunately for Gomez, that was pretty much was the end of his good fortunes, for he would lose to the relatively known Osvaldo by a sixth round TKO in early 2005.

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Amir Khan vs. Rees In June?

khan353353.jpgBy Nate Anderson: In the latest boxing news, former WBA light welterweight champion Gavin Rees (27-1, 13 KOs) is reportedly high on the list for future opponents for the undefeated Amir Khan’s (17-0, 13 KOs) next bout on June 21st. Previous to Rees recent 12th round TKO title loss to Andreas Kotelnik on March 22nd, there had been talk of a potential bout between Khan and Rees, but it had come to nothing, with Rees opting for a bout with the Ukrainian Kotelnik. Whatever the case, if Khan decides upon Rees as his next opponent, he’ll be taking tremendous leap up in competition for Rees is light years better than the easy C-level fodder that Khan has fought up to this point his career.

Rees, 27, is like a carbon copy replicate of Ricky Hatton, only without all the hype that Hatton has behind him. It would be a very tough matchup for Khan, who has shown to be a little chinny since turning professional in 2005. This would be a stern test for Khan’s tender chin and one guaranteed to see him take a lot of big shots from Rees.

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Khan Stops Kristjansen

khan57554757.jpgBy Tony Krebs: Undefeated lightweight contender Amir Khan (17-0, 13 KOs) sliced through Denmark’s Martin Kristjansen beating him by an effortless 7th round TKO on Saturday night in the WBO lightweight title eliminator at the Bolton Arena in Lancashire. For those who were under the mistaken impression that Kristjansen, 30 would present any kind of challenge to Khan, they were dead wrong in their beliefs for Khan made it look effortless in stopping the outmatched Kristjansen.

Before it was over, Khan had dominated every round of the fight while knocking Kristjansen down three times in the 7th round before the referee could call a stop to the bout. The win puts the 21 year-old Khan as the mandatory for the WBO title which is held by Joel Casamayor and Nate Campbell. Judging from the post fight comments, it looks as if Khan may be heading for a possible fight against Casamayor, although before that potential bout comes off Khan will likely fight once more before them.

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Khan Decisions St. Clair

khan43353533.jpgBy Chris Thomas: In an outcome that surprised few people, undefeated lightweight Amir Khan (16-0, 12 KOs) successfully defended his little known Commonwealth (British Empire) lightweight title last night, defeating an over-matched Gairy St. Clair (39-6-2, 17 KOs) by a lopsided 12-round unanimous decision at the ExCel Arena, Dockland, in London, England. With a six inch height advantage the 5’10” Khan had little trouble blasting out a commanding decision over the slower, limited St. Clair who could do little to match Khan’s vast speed and power advantage. The final judges’ scores were 120-108, 120-108 and 120-108, all for the 21 year-old Khan.

For those fans that like to see one-sided beat downs, this was the perfect fight to watch, for St. Clair, 33, didn’t belong in the same ring with Khan, as he was hit with a rain of punches from start to finish in the fight. Though, to his credit, St. Clair never quite on himself, continually plodding forward and trying to land big, winging shots, most of which either missed or were picked off by the gloves of Khan. If anything good could be said about St. Clair, it would probably be that his chin is truly first class, as he took an awful amount of punishment from Khan during the bout. Yet, St. Clair showed now signs of ever being stunned. By round nine, it was a hopeless situation for St. Clair, for he was badly behind in the fight and only had once chance to win, that by a knockout.

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Amir Khan vs Gairy St Clair This Saturday

Legendary Aussie trainer Johnny Lewis says that Gairy St Clair is as good as anyone he has ever worked with before. Veteran Lewis helped guide greats like Kostya Tszyu and Jeff Fenech to world titles, and has worked with a host of other leading Australia-based fighters. Along with experienced Angelo Hyder, he will be in St Clair’s corner on Saturday night when he challenges Amir Khan for the Commonwealth lightweight title at London’s ExCel Arena.

” Gairy is right up there with the best,” said Lewis of the 32-year-old former world champion. “I have got a great rapport with him, and I love training him.

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