Khan fails to shine

17 04 2011

Khan-McCloskey: Controversial ending

Amir Khan held onto his WBA light-welterweight title after a controversial ending to his fight with Paul McCloskey in Manchester.

The fight was called off in sixth round following a clash of heads which left McCloskey with a small cut just above his left eye.

The doctor strangely enough was immediately called into the ring to check out the cut, and despite the cut bleeding along the challengers nose instead of into his eye, referee Luis Pabon stopped the fight.

The result went to the score cards with all three judges giving Khan every round.

Khan was clearly in control throughout the six rounds and was never really tested in truth by the challenger. The awkward Irishman never really threw too many combinations, as he threw just one or two shots at a time and definitely didn’t deserve to win a single round.

Khan peppered McCloskey with shots throughout the six rounds without really hurting him but was firmly in control as he displayed his lighting fast hands and good discipline. However there were occasions when Khan seemed to be running in with his shots, and against a better opponent you can bet he would get punished for that.

The sad thing about this fight was I believe McCloskey would have at least gone the distance with Khan as he was rarely hurt, despite Khan’s dominance. The fans, those there in the arena and those who paid to watch it at home, were robbed of seeing a full fight.

The referee must surely be looked at following this fight and serious questions will have to be asked as to why McCloskey’s cut man wasn’t given the chance to look at the cut. I mean what’s the point of having a cut man if he isn’t allowed to chance to do his job?

Hopefully McCloskey will have a chance at world level because it is sad to have your dream taken away because of a bad refereeing decision.

One thing is for sure, Khan will have to significantly improve to have any chance against Timothy Bradley. One this form Bradley will have no problems dealing with Khan and will be the one to unify the division.

See below for the explosive post-fight press conference:

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One response

21 04 2011
Sweet Pea

Khan looking bad against a guy with a solid defence. No surprise there.

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