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Khan's chin stands up to toughest test
Bolton boxer silences critics in brutal contest
Posted Dec 15, 2010 by Jeff Dawson
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Well how wrong could a group of ‘experts’ be? And although I don’t necessarily put myself into that group, I have to hold my hands up and admit that Amir Khan’s chin isn’t as susceptible as we all thought it was. In fact, after the performance and the shots he took on Saturday, it’s safe to say that the fears he has a glass jaw are now well and truly laid to rest. He is the real deal. And he showed it on the biggest, brightest, most high profile stage possible after an unanimous points win over Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas.
It was a brutal affair. It was full of punching and attacking instincts from both fighters. And it showed people that Box Office viewing can be well worth the money after Audley Harrison had previously done his best to turn the paying public away from the sport with his lame, shocking display against David Haye.
But back to Khan. What a show the 24-year-old put on at the Mandalay Bay Casino and what a feather this victory is in his cap.
He has been in with the hardest hitter in his weight class, taken his best shots and stayed standing. He didn’t go down once and although his legs did wobble a few times he showed heart and character to come back from the brink and dish out some of his own savage punishment.
He showed he has undoubted class. He showed he has the desire to stay standing and fight back. He showed that he is one of the best fighters of his generation.
His devastating speed and combinations in the first half of the fight were what won Khan this contest and he certainly dished out enough punishment to Maidana, flooring him in the first with a savage left hook to the ribs. It was only the bell that saved Maidana from an early defeat. But that’s the thing about this warrior, he is tough. He is hard. He is an extremely accomplished boxer and he was made to look average in the first few rounds.
There is no doubt that after this superb fight, there will be calls for a rematch and financially that may be a brilliant idea for the pair but if Khan wants to go on and be remembered as one of the greatest ever, his destiny may lie somewhere else.
He is now Box Office in the states and will draw the crowds and this will be enticing for two guys – Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jnr. However, I can’t see the Pacquiao fight ever happening as the pair are friends and have sparred together frequently. They also use the same team so that fight would be a logistical nightmare for their promoters and trainers.
So that leaves Mayweather. Everyone wants to see the American take on Pacquaio and I’m no different but if that doesn’t happen then Khan vs Mayweather would be an appealing fight. Whether that is too big a step up for the boy from Bolton, only time will tell, but for now we can all rejoice in the fact that we have two world champions from Britain, and both of them are gunning for the best in their field. Well done guys.