Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Amir Khan Addresses Skeptics Questioning His Chin

By Ryan Maquiñana

It’s fitting that Amir Khan will fight in Las Vegas on Saturday, because his career and perception as a pro has endured all the unpredictable turns of a ball on the roulette wheel.

Dominant wins over Zab Judah and Paulie Malignaggi have been accompanied by shocking stoppage losses to Breidis Prescott and Danny Garcia. The British star has also split a pair of razor-sharp decisions, edging Marcos Maidana and dropping a close bout on points to Lamont Peterson.

Though favored to beat Luis Collazo this weekend, history has shown that the very element that makes Khan one of the most exciting fighters in boxing has arguably been his undoing in his three defeats.

A recurring topic with the public is Khan’s ability to receive punches as well as he gives them. In addition to the aforementioned losses within the distance, Khan is coming off a shaky win over Julio Diaz where he was knocked down in the fourth round before clawing his way to a points win.

With the viability of his chin in question -- especially in light of his desire to fight pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather down the line -- Khan addressed the issue with BoxingScene.com.

“People will always remember you from your last fight. In my last fight against Diaz, I didn’t have any balance,” Khan said. “I was off-balance and he caught me at the right time and he put me down. I wasn’t hurt from it. I came back strong after the knockdown.”

While the Diaz, Prescott and Garcia fights have offered fuel to the notion he has a proverbial glass jaw, fans often forget that Maidana -- the murderous puncher who slugged his way into Saturday’s main event against Mayweather -- failed to floor Khan once over 12 rounds. In addition, neither Peterson nor Judah were able to get the Brit to touch the canvas.

Khan offered his opinion on why the public continues to push the narrative that he’s lacking in punch resistance.

“Look, I’ve been hit by the likes of Maidana, who’s one of the biggest punchers in the division, and I was fine,” he said. “Zab Judah is a big puncher as well. But the thing is, people always remember your last fight, so they think of you being knocked down in my last fight, but I didn’t lose the fight. I mean, I won the fight.

“Same with Garcia. I was stopped on my feet. I was knocked down, but I’ll come back stronger, and I have the biggest heart in boxing, and I’ll never give up.”

With Collazo -- not normally a brawler -- unleashing his power when he knocked out Victor Ortiz, Khan has vowed to prove that his past three camps with trainer Virgil Hunter will keep him upright and ferocious for 12 rounds.

“I think it’s time now where we need to improve the defensive side of boxing,” Khan said. “That’s what we’ve been working on.  I know what mistakes I’ve made in the past.”

Khan, a former junior welterweight world titleholder, added that elevating from 140 to 147 pounds has improved his strength, too.

“Making weight was killing me, and I think that was mostly my downfall,” he said. “So I think I’m much more happier at 147, and before, I used to kill myself, and killing yourself makes you weak and you can get hurt quicker from big punches.”

On Saturday, Khan has just the opportunity to display a sturdy set of whiskers and validate his reasoning.

Ryan Maquiñana was the boxing producer for NBCOlympics.com during London 2012 and writes a boxing column for CSNBayArea.com.  He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and Ring Magazine's Ratings Panel. E-mail him at [email protected], check out his blog at Norcalboxing.com or follow him on Twitter @RMaq28.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Zen_Fighter on 05-02-2014

[QUOTE=Martian;14489651]you would be stupid to stand there and let someone throw a hook at you to prove your chin. There is such a thing as defence[/QUOTE] Oh now you are going to tell me that Mayorga is stupid? Please! :crazy:

Comment by kingstip9 on 05-01-2014

Always in such denial about the chin lol[B][/B]

Comment by cameltoe on 05-01-2014

[QUOTE=mcashflo;14489979]Is that Khan's best defense he already used the excuse of moving up in weight will help him that he was killing himself to make weight when he was at 135 and moved to 140 now it's the same excuse…

Comment by turnedup on 05-01-2014

He can get a pass on the garcia fight...that hook would've put just about anyone in boxing on their @ss the julio diaz issues you don't get a pass for

Comment by mcashflo on 05-01-2014

Is that Khan's best defense he already used the excuse of moving up in weight will help him that he was killing himself to make weight when he was at 135 and moved to 140 now it's the same excuse…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (50)
Top Headlines Wilder Cleared To Train; Says He'll Fight "In February Or March" Ceferino Rodriguez Beats Mousaoui For EBU Belt, Malignaggi Next? Commey: I Clearly Won, Look at How Banged Up Shafikov Is! HBO, Showtime To Televise Shows Simultaneously on January 28 Farmer vs. Zenunaj Early Results From Philadelphia Tevin Farmer Thrilled With Getting Fourth Fight In 2016 Marquez: Andre Ward Adjusted, Fought Well - Kovalev Also Faded Joseph Adorno Pumped After Signing Deal With Top Rank Photos: Jorge Paez, Johnny Navarrete Ready For Los Mochis Scrap Photos: Mario Barrios Putting in Work For Ring Return Charles Conwell, 2016 United States Olympian, Turns Pro Roach: Gassiev is Dangerous Early - We'll Take Him Deep, Stop Him David Rodriguez Autobiography Generating Positive Press Deontay Wilder: Joshua vs. Molina Winner Will Eventually See Me Denis Shafikov Edges Richard Commey In Title Eliminator Tevin Farmer: I Can Compete With Anyone at 130, Beat Them Too Amanda Serrano-Yazmin Rivas Top SHO Extreme Bill on Jan. 14 Oscar De La Hoya: Canelo Alvarez "Will Beat Conor McGregor's Ass" Photos: Saunders, With Tyson Fury By His Side, Ready For Akavov Photos: Denis Lebedev, Murat Gassiev Ready For Moscow War Allen: Luis Ortiz is an Old Man, I'm Smack Him Bang on The Chin Francisco Vargas vs. Miguel Berchelt Set For January 28, HBO Photos: Kubrat Pulev, Samuel Peter Ready For Battle Jose Ramirez: It's Time To Show I'm A Next-Level Type of Fighter Team Joe Smith: Many Doors Open With Win Over Bernard Hopkins BBBofC Hopes For Nick Blackwell Talks Second Day Weights: Farmer 137.7, Zenunaj 137.4 Jessie Vargas Tabs Danny Garcia To Beat Keith Thurman Jackson: If Kovalev Is In Better Shape, He'll KO Ward In Rematch Commey, Shafikov Set For Lightweight Crossroads Bout Lebedev, Gassiev Make Weight - But Title Stakes Lighter Frank Warren Angered Over Nick Blackwell Sparring Injuries Espinoza Looking to Map Out Francisco 'Chia' Santana's Future Ryan Martin Added To 12/16 Indio Bill, Golovkin Card Next? Josh Warrington, Matchroom Boxing Go Their Separate Ways Junior Castillo Crushes Washington With One-Punch KO Haye: Coldwell Better Have Towel Ready - or Bellew Goes To Sleep! Mikaela Lauren Working With Wallberg's Ex-Coach Munteanu Arum: McGregor Using Boxing License as Leverage Against UFC WBC Cares Donate $6,000 To Amateur Boxer For Cancer Bills
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement