View Full Version : Arthur cautious over Khan

06-11-2009, 03:44 PM
Former WBO super-featherweight champion Alex Arthur has warned Amir Khan not to underestimate Andreas Kotelnik.

Khan, who overcame Marco Antonio Barrera at lightweight in his last bout, will take on the WBA light-welterweight champion Kotelnik in London on June 27.

But Arthur knows just how good the Ukrainian is, after losing to him on points as an amateur back in 1998, and has predicted a tough fight for his fellow Briton.

"Kotelnik was really good back then, and it was obvious that if he did turn professional then he was going to go all the way," said Arthur.

"He had that real Eastern European amateur style and was a very difficult man to beat, but he's proved how good he is by going on to win a world title.

"The moment our fight started I realised that he was something special, and he's still very slick, very slippery and I'm sure he'll be a real handful at the O2.

"Not everyone had heard of Kotelnik before he was announced as Khan's opponent, but he shouldn't be overlooked. Believe me, he's a very dangerous fighter."

But Arthur believes that Khan can still succeed as he continues his rise.

"Amir is going to have to be at his best," said Arthur, who is now aiming to win a second world title at lightweight.

"He's got to use his angles, keep out of trouble and utilise his speed to dictate the fight on his own terms.

"I believe that he can do it and I'll be rooting for him because Britain needs more world champions.

"I've been a big admirer of Amir ever since he won his silver medal at the Olympic Games, and he's great for the sport.

"I also know that Amir is in great hands because I've worked with Freddie Roach before and he is one of the best, if not the best, trainers in the world."


06-18-2009, 09:48 AM
is khan fighting for a world title or what?

06-18-2009, 10:05 AM
is khan fighting for a world title or what?

Rescheduled to July cause Kotelnik's injured ,teeth or something.That's the Haye Mayweather and Khan fights alrescheduled

mickey malone
06-18-2009, 11:39 AM
As a fighter, I think Alex Arthur is a wee bit overated, but if that's what he said, he's bang on... I think Khan will need all of his skills to win a close one...

06-23-2009, 01:01 AM
It's a dark day for boxing when the WBA joins the WBO in being a duff world title provider up for bidding to the likes of Sports Network et al. Arthur, Nelson and Cook are all upset this hadn't happened earlier!!!!!