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A look back at Amir Khan vs Marcos Maidana

The best fight of 2010 - by miles!

Posted Dec 29, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Amir Khan vs Marcos Maidana

So we’ve looked at the Manny Pacquioa vs Antonio Margarito fight, but now time to look back at the best fight of 2010 – Amir Khan’s stunning win against Marcos Maidana.
The boy from Bolton did good as they say! He was phenomenal and he proved all his doubters wrong. He proved he is a world class talent and that he has the ability to go toe-to-toe with the best in the business in his division.
So what happened? Well Khan went to Las Vegas saying he could take everything Maidana, the hardest puncher in the light-welterweight division, could throw. Everyone doubted that was true.
Khan’s chin had been so badly exposed by the big hitting Bredis Prescott in 2008 that pundits and fans alike thought his jaw was made of glass and that would be his downfall.
But come December 11th 2010 he proved us all wrong. Khan put in a world class display and took all Maidana could thrown at him. Admittedly, he was hurt and his legs disappeared for a few moments but Khan stayed on his feet and kept coming back at his Argentine opponent. His performance was full of attacking instinct, it was full of desire and heart and it showed that the 24-year-old means business on the world stage.
Let’s not forget Maidana though. No-one gave him a realistic chance of getting close to Khan but he had the Brit troubled in the opening before a solid shot to the ribs from Khan had Maidana on the deck in the first. It was at this point that everyone thought the fight was over and that Khan wouldn’t be tested again. But Maidana is hard. The bell saved him from the Khan onslaught but the Argentine weathered the storm and came out fighting taking the contest the distance, sensing a victory for himself in the closing rounds. It was Khan’s time to hang on now but like Maidana, he came back stronger and finished with a flourish.
This fight is what fans worldwide want to see. It was full of action and passion and some of the murderous punches both men took would have knocked the majority of fighters out stone cold.
There will be talk of a rematch, and financially, that will be the right option as fans will pay to see something like this again. But for me, Khan needs to fight someone else, someone more substantial, and I say that with all due respect.
The name of Floyd Mayweather has been thrown around and that is a fight that would get the juices flowing for fight fans but I believe that may be a step too far too soon for Khan. He needs a few more fights against guys of Maidana’s calibre and then he’ll be ready to take on the best in the business.
No matter what happens, we’ll always be able to look back on Amir Khan’s debut in Las Vegas with fond memories and he has done himself no harm whatsoever with this performance.

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