Junior welter Amir Khan looked to take another step to getting back on the biggest stages, facing off with Julio Diaz in England on Saturday night. Khan bashers believe the Pakistani-Brit is fatally chinny, that his whiskers are too weak to allow him be able to hang with anyone but light punchers, so not many out there dismissed the past his prime Diaz as a no hoper.
Khan exited with a UD12 win, but he went down in the fourth and was buzzed in the 11th against a man not known as a bomber. The judges saw it 114-113, 115-113, 115-112, for Khan.
Hard to see what Khan does next; on one hand, his weak-ish chin makes him must see TV, but you have to make him an underdog against anyone with more than decent pop.
The ex lightweight champ Diaz at age 33 was 40-7-1, while Khan, the ex junior welter champ, age 26, was 27-3 entering. After losing to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, he got back on the bronco with a win over Carlos Molina.
The Mexican Diaz, now living in LA, started slow. Now trained by Virgil Hunter, for his second fight, Khan started smart and slow and pumped the jab in the first. A one-two drew claps for Khan at the close of the round. Khan showed restraint by not looking to fire right back, and get into a tradefest, in round two. So far, his focus was superb.
Diaz landed a couple counter rights but it didn't look like he had full pop on this night, early on. Then, in the fourth, he landed left hooks to the head, and down went Khan, with a minute left. He got up with clear eyes and firm enough legs.
In the fifth, Amir moved more, slightly more frantically. But he did do enough work to take the round. In round six, Khan moved laterally, looked to avoid contact. The tone was to Diaz' favor in the seventh, because there was trading, but Khan's right hand landed a few times, hard and clean. A left hooked landed clean and scared the crowd, but Khan weathered it in the eighth. Diaz sensed a shift and pressed Amir in the last minute. Khan boxed super smart in the ninth; he kept Diaz guessing and a step behind all round. Hunter after said, "Good job." In the tenth, Amir got a tiny bit buzzed, off the left hook again, early. He held and then ran. Khan came back, though and was on firm ground for the last two thirds.
In the 11th, Khan was hurt badly. He held on for dear life. A left hook started it and two decent rights had Khan slightly goofy.Diaz pressed in ther 12th and won it, but Khan stayed on his feet, happily for him.
This is a washed up fighter Khan faced tonight! Amir looked like sh...! Each time he gets hit he falls to pieces! Hunters not gonna do anything with him! Hes finished! He tries outracing his opponent rather than go toe to toe! If he does confront his opposition, he gets hurt! This guy has to go to school to become an accountant!
Fact is, you can't train your jaw-bone to be too much stronger than it is normally. Kahn has always been chinny, and unfortunately he also makes a lot of fundamental mistakes; including little head movement and average defence.
Still, the guy does have fast hands and has made some good $$$$.
There are segments during a fight when Khan snaps... And he must go toe-to-toe. Hunter just needs to accept that and teach him when and how to slug.
Hunter needs to be more of a boxing instructor and less psycologist between rounds.
It is called the sweet science for a REASON! And the game is 75 percent plus MENTAL! And any "boxing instructor," who doesn't know that, should get da holiest double-fudge syet outta da legal mayhem hurt bitness and come to cyberspace sites and perpetrate a fraud of being an expert.
Boxing 101: know how to communicate to your boxer; know when to comfort him/her; know when to cuss him or her the hell out; know when to give him or her the truth; know when to snow job da fudge outta him or her; know when to provoke him/her and know when to stroke him/her.
Boxing 103: know when to mentally patch the boxer up; and if he make excuses, know when to shut him da double fudge up; know when to physically pug him from cuts and mentally pug him up from hearing dumb syet from haters and fake followers and supporters.
Boxing 201: never listen to make-believe syet from faders, basket cases, vaporers, dimwits and know nothings; while you in training camp, don't read cyberspace and real-space made-up bulljive; and know that the game consists of 22 known sciences, and that the most important one is psychology -- just above nutrition.
Boxing 203: if the trainer is not being a "boxing instructor" of psychology FIRST, you are wasting your time and money on his bytch @$$. If a trainer cannot get up in your brain, your @ss will forever be in losing pain. And you may as quit. Because total, full success, you will never gain. Just come to cyberspace, instigate, sneak attack da true-in-da-game dawgs and just let your "absurd" bullsyet rain! Holla!
If he's going to get KO'D.... Which he will..... because Khan can't fight a 12 perfectly defensive rounds.
He's better off going back to his all out attack mode.
Khans' main flaw is dropping his right while holding his head straight up in the middle when he slugs without variation.
Going the distance with a man who quit against Diaz at lightweight when he was in his prime doesn't bode well for Khans' chances against the winner of Garcia vs Peters or Mattysse.
Does Khan need a motivator...yes they all do.
Does he need a coddler... a counselor... a psyke
Does he need to bring the right hand back into position after launching it...
Very much so.
Schafer is already talking about putting Khan in a championship fight next (so they can get paid before Khan gets upset by a journeyman)
Khans' best chance in any fight is to shoot first.
Khan has a lot of bread he should really think about hanging it up boxing is a very dangerous sport. He's just so predictable if u have seen one of his fights u have seen them all. He can't fights on the inside to save his life and all he's going to try to do is jump in and throw combinations. I thought VirgilHunter was going to be able to make him a more complete fights but I think I was wrong on that assessment.