Khan set for Garcia test

23 05 2012

Amir Khan is set to fight WBC light-welterweight champion Danny Garcia on July 14th. 

Khan set for title fight

Khan was set to rematch Lamont Peterson on May 19th but the clash was called off due to Peterson testing positive for synthetic testosterone.

Khan has now been given a shot at the undefeated Garcia, who beat living legend Erik Morales back in March to claim the WBC title.

Garcia, undefeated in 23, was due to fight mandatory challenge Ajose Olusegun and as a result the WBC have yet to confirm that they have sanctioned the fight.

Khan’s promoters, Golden Boy Promotions, are also hoping that the WBA and IBF titles will be on the line; with a hearing taking place in the next two weeks.

Considering this fight has had to be made on short notice, it isn’t a bad option. Garcia is a decent opponent but I expect Khan to dispose of him without any problems.

I was hoping that Khan would face Victor Ortiz instead, especially considering as the latter has had his own rematch cancelled, ironically, due to his opponent (Andre Berto) failing a drugs test.

The two fought in the amateurs (where Khan was victorious) and I think it has all the makings of a great fight. Both are exciting, young fighters and their styles could mesh really well and make it a great fight to watch.

However with Amir looking to move up to 147 very soon, I expect this is a fight we will get to see.

But back to the Khan-Garcia fight. I expect Khan to come through this fight with relative ease and stop Garcia somewhere between the mid to late rounds.

How you think the fight will pan out?


Khan – Peterson II is OFF!!!!

9 05 2012

Khan - Peterson II in doubtAmir Khan has confirmed that his rematch with Lamont Peterson is officially off via his Twitter account.

The fight was due to take place on May 19th but has been in doubt since it was discovered that Peterson tested positive for a banned substance (synthetic testosterone).

Khan will now look to secure an opponent to fight on June 30th.

Here is the tweet:

Amir Khan ‏ @AmirKingKhan

The fight is off! sorry everyone the only person to blame is@kingpete26 I’ll be looking for a opponent to fight June 30th

Amir Khan on the situation:

Richard Schaefer on the situation:

Adam Smith on the situation:

WBA grant Khan rematch

14 01 2012
Amir KHan

Khan granted rematch

Amir Khan has been granted a rematch with Lamont Peterson by the WBA, following an appeal by Golden Boy and Team Khan.

Khan lost his IBF and WBA light-welterweight titles to Peterson in December following a split decision victory for the American.

The fight had its fair share of controversy as Khan was deducted two points for pushing by referee Joe Cooper, while “mystery man” – IBF associate Mustafa Ameen – was judged to have interfered with the judges’ scorecards.

Since the fight the Team Khan and Golden Boy have been very vocal in their protest and have now finally got their wish. They also launched a complaint with the IBF and a hearing has been scheduled for January 18.

The WBA released the following statement:

“Peterson’s split-decision victory over Khan in Washington DC has been riddled with controversy as a result of a plethora of anomalies in connection with the bout,” a statement read.

“Acting under its authority pursuant to WBA Rule C.26, the WBA concluded that the bout’s outcome was impacted by referee Joseph Cooper’s questionable failure to credit Khan with a knockdown in round one and his questionable decisions to deduct points from Khan in rounds seven and 12.

“As further cause to order the rematch, the WBA also pointed to Mr Ameen’s apparent intrusion into the scoring process as well as possible discrepancies between the score sheets of the two sanctioning organizations and the local athletic commission.

“In its resolution mandating the rematch, the WBA went out of its way to note that, under normal circumstances, it would not disturb the discretionary function of a referee.

“However, in this case, because of the multiple irregularities, it was necessary for it to order the rematch.”

Well I suppose a rematch was always going to happen once Team Khan and Golden Boy lodged their protest but I think a rematch was warranted just because of the closeness of their first fight.

But the way in which Team Khan have acted in getting this rematch has left a bad taste in some fans mouth, who believe Khan has been “classless” and should be embarrassed by his behaviour. He’s never really given Peterson much credit or acknowledged his mistakes/flaws that contributed to the closeness of their first fight, instead choosing to label the fight a “fix” instead.

Now the rematch is going to happen Khan cannot make the same mistakes he did in the last fight. He seemed too preoccupied with moving up to welterweight and a potential fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

For me I can see this fight going exactly the same way as the first unless Khan has significantly improved since that meeting, which I can’t see. Khan has trouble with pressure fights and guys who fight on the inside, proven in the first fight with Peterson and with his fight against Marcos Maidana.

I really don’t think Khan has the boxing I.Q. to make adjustments in the fight when things are not working out for him. For instance, he complained about Peterson coming in low with his head. Instead of complaining to the referee and pushing Peterson off, why not take a step or two back and throw an uppercut?

He seems fine when sticking to a game plan that is working but once that goes he doesn’t seem able to make the adjustments during the fight. He resorts to getting into a war, which is great for the fans, and trying to prove his chin.

But I’m expecting Khan to win the rematch via points. I still think he won the first fight by one or two rounds but he made the fight a lot harder for himself.

If Khan can stick to a game plan and learn to make the right adjustments in a fight, he should win this fight. I can’t see Peterson winning a close fight again.

It’s a good fight for boxing fans to see because their first fight provided great entertainment so let’s hope the rematch lives up to the billing.

Khan has to stay focused on the task in hand here though. He’s already said (now the rematch has been given) he’ll knock Peterson out and will fight Mayweather in the next 18 months, which makes me think he hasn’t learned from the first fight.

He has to stay focused on Peterson and work on his weaknesses in order to get past Peterson.

If he manages that he has to fight Timothy Bradley, just so we can see who the best fighter at 140lbs really is.

After that Khan can move up to welterweight but he’s a long, long, long way off from fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr.

‘Magic’ fails to shine

6 03 2011

Hatton: Not big enough

Matthew Hatton lost a unanimous points decision to unbeaten Mexican Saul Alvarez for the vacant WBC light-middleweight title.

The younger Hatton failed to follow in brother Ricky’s footsteps and bring a world title back to Britain as he was easily out-classed by the highly rated youngster.

Hatton failed to win a single round on any of the judge’s score cards, as Alvarez became the youngest ever light-middleweight world champion.

The Golden Boy prospect certainly had an easier time of it in the ring than he did out, as he originally failed to make the required weight which certainly would have embarrassed promoter and former fighter Oscar De La Hoya.

But once the weight issue was settled and the fight got under-way there was only going to be one winner.

Alvarez was too big and too powerful for the Mancunian, who had stepped up in weight – and class – to take this fight, has now admitted he will look to drop back down to his natural weight.

The Mexican was in complete control from round one as he landed a series of flurries to the head of Hatton to set the tone for the rest of the fight.

He bloodied Hatton’s nose during the second, following another series of head shots which cause his face to mark up.

Alvarez – nicknamed ‘Canelo’ – continued to dominate Hatton throughout the rounds, opening up a gash above his left eye during round four with his precise punching.

The only real blemish for the young powerhouse – inside the ring – came in the seventh when he was docked a point for an illegal blow as he punched out of the clinch, which resulted in Hatton dropping the canvas.

Despite that setback the round was still scored a 9-9, showing how dominate Saul Alvarez was in picking up the WBC light-middleweight title vacated by Manny Pacquiao.

Matthew Hatton will now look to drop down a weight and hope to gain another world title shot.