Amir Khan next mainstream boxing superstar!!!
On average, a million hits a month are registered on Amir’s official website www.amirkhan-boxing.co.uk.
Bailey – the ITV audience peaked at 4.4 million, the network’s best Saturday night viewing figures of the month. The Kindelan rematch, which was broadcast live on ITV, was seen by 6.3 million – giving the network its largest Saturday night figures of 2005. A staggering 7.9 million viewers tuned into Amir’s Olympic lightweight final showdown with Mario Kindelan in 2004.
WBA Light-Welterweight Title Match
(c) Amir Khan (140) vs. Marcos Maidana (139)
Is it really just a year ago when Khan fought a nobody mandatory challenger in front of a barely interested Manchester crowd? Well he’s a superstar now, coming out in the fight capital of the world to a huge reaction. If he can win this fight he’ll move into P4P contention.
Maidana lunges forward and Khan moved out of the way. Khan works the jab at the start. Khan circling Maidana but Maidana catches him with a big punch. Khan rides through the storm and goes back to working him over with the jab, bringing in the odd right hand. Khan puts together some fast combinations, showing tremendous handspeed. Khan looking good, making Maidana look slow. Maidana throwing but missing. Khan putting more tremendously fast combinations to the head of Maidana. Khan connects with several quick hooks to the body and Maidana crumples to the ground. WHAT A ROUND OF ACTION! Khan goes in for the kill but the bell saves Maidana. Wow. What a terrific start to the fight. 10-8 to Khan.
Khan putting together several fast combinations, Maidana counters with a left hand. Khan slips in a couple of short uppercuts and follows up with more shots to the body. Khan again hurts Maidana with a lighting combination that pushes Maidana up against the ropes and almost has the challenger down. Maidana lunges forward with a hail mary punch that misses. Khan goes back to the left hooks, that Maidana does his all to block. Another round for Khan, 20-17.
Maidana tries to walk down Khan but the champion is too fast to be trapped. Khan nails Maidana with a right hand and the challenger’s leg wobbles. Khan follows up with an uppercut but misses with a wild overhand right. Maidana siezes on the opening to connect with a right hand that rocks the champion. Khan goes into defense mode with his guard up and his chin down, as Maidana desperately stalks him looking to put him away. Khan comes back with accurate combinations and good jabs. Khan needs to calm down and play it a bit more carefully. Khan pyts together a final flurry at the end of the round but Maidana lands a straight that secures the round. Great round. 29-27.
Khan jumps in on Maidana as he was readjusting his shorts, using the opening to begin working over the challenger with fast combinations. Khan is showing tremendous poise in the ring being able to the work the angles and land telling punches almost at will. However a lapse in concentration is punished by Maidana who lands several hard uppercuts. Very close rounds but probably Khan’s 39-36
Khan is outboxing Maidana, with his movement and shot-selection just showing everyone that Khan is a cut above the power-puncher in terms of technical skill. Khan puts together several fast combinations that push Maidana back. Khan lands some particularly sweet straight rights to the head of Maidana. Maidana is penalised a point by the referee after throwing an errant elbow. This seems to demoralise Maidana, with Khan siezing the initative and doubling down on the superior offense, connecting with not just the jab but also excellent uppercuts and hooks. 49-44.