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blog Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Wayne McCullough: Talk of Amir Khan fighting Floyd Mayweather is a joke

The Brit has done nothing to deserve a shot at boxing's best

I offered to show Khan how to take the impact off shots but he went in another direction

AMIR KHAN was touted to be a big star in professional boxing after he picked up a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games at only 17 years old. He made his debut almost a year later in July 2005 and his pro career was off and running. So far out of 31 fights he has had three losses, 1 of which was very close against Lamont Peterson in December 2011 but the other two were by stoppage. 

The problem with Khan is that he loves to fight hard and trade with his opponents but he is much better being a smart counter puncher instead. He should have known that his chin was suspect when he started moving into the world title picture. Michael Gomez, who was past his best when he fought Khan, put him down with a left to the head. Also non-puncher Willie Limond had him down in their fight. Yes Khan did get back up and win both fights but it showed his weakness early in his career. 

Fights like these are supposed to be learning fights, ones where you are meant to win every round and take very little damage but if you get put on the deck you might not get back up so that shouldn't even be an option. Great fighters have been put down in fights and got up to win but they were in big fights. Khan was only starting him career.

Khan's world came crumbling down around him in September 2009 when unknown Colombian Breidis Prescott knocked him out cold in less than one minute. Khan's defence was open, his chin was high and the KO happened. This was to be his door to the world championship but it seemed the earlier knockdowns in Khan's career had been ignored prior to the Prescott fight. He had switched trainers since the Gomez fight but his defence had not been tightened.  

Of course Khan came back three months later and in July 2009 he won his first world belt by beating Andriy Kotelnik for the WBA light-welterweight title. In my opinion Kotelnik was one of the weakest champions and along with Khan being a lightweight up to that fight he had good matchmaking and had been well promoted by Frank Warren. Khan did one thing right in that fight and that was box from the outside and win the rounds. 

Khan later left Warren and signed with Golden Boy Promotions in the States. He had switched trainers yet again and went to Freddie Roach who he later left  after his loss to Danny Garcia, and is currently being trained by Andre Ward's longtime trainer Virgil Hunter. This has been a normal pattern for Khan. But who is to blame for his weak chin? It's not his trainer although they could teach him how to take a punch the right way. I reached out to him to offer my services after he left Roach and told him I could show him how to take the impact off shots (just like Eddie Futch taught me) but he went in another direction. In only his second fight with Hunter, Khan fought Julio Diaz and once again found himself on canvas. He got up to win a narrow decision.

The talk of Khan fighting Floyd Mayweather Jnr is a joke. This comes down to Floyd wanting a fight in Britain but Khan doesn't deserve a shot at Mayweather. There are several fighters in front of him that deserve a shot first. Khan should fight Lucas Matthysse next. Matthysse comes to fight and this would be a test for Khan. If he won that fight then maybe he could be in line to fight Mayweather. 

Author : Wayne McCullough
 
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