By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
AMIR KHAN claims Marcos Maidana has shamed boxing after sinking his teeth into Floyd Mayweather.
Maidana bit Mayweather in the eighth round of their world title fight in Las Vegas in the early hours of yesterday morning.
The American still cruised to a unanimous points win to extend his 47-fight unbeaten record.
But he was left livid with the challenger in the WBC and WBA welterweight and WBC light-middleweight clash.
And Khan, was ringside despite a visa problem last week, reckons Maidana should be thrown out of boxing.
"It's wrong," said Khan. "It's not sportsmanship and I think it's wrong.
"I thought Mayweather was making it up but when I saw the slow motion it was really bad.
"It shames the sport for sure but maybe that was a sign of frustration by Maidana.
"You take the ultimate punishment, 100 per cent. When you do silly things like that you shouldn't be allowed in the boxing ring because you're risking somebody's life."
Khan was sitting near Mike Tyson, who famously bit a chunk of Evander Holyfield's ear off during their world heavyweight title clash in 1997.
The Bolton boxer said: "Mike's eyes lit up when it happened."
Argentina's Maidana denied sinking his teeth into Mayweather's left hand through his glove in the eighth and claimed the champion was making it up before admitting his hand was in his mouth.
But although referee Kenny Bayless did nothing at the time, the official admitted afterwards he got it wrong.
Bayless said: "Floyd showed me his fingers after the fight and it looked like there was something there."
Maidana's bite brought a touch of Luis Suarez to the Las Vegas lights, but he could do little to cast a shadow over the magic of Mayweather.
The five-weight world champion comfortably took the decision on all three judges' scorecards - 116-111, 116-111 and 115-112 - in a master-class of counter-punching and defensive boxing.
But Khan, who wants to face Mayweather in May, reckons there were enough signs to back up his belief that he can end his reign as the king of boxing.
The former world champion said: "He is showing signs that he is sliding.
"Speed is a problem for him and I believe I can bring that and beat him. I don't want to just fight him, I want to beat him."