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Left-Hook Lounge: Garcia/Judah, Martinez, & Amir Khan

03(Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda) By Vivek Wallace:

Jaron H. (Queens, NYC): Would you say that Garcia’s performance cleared him as the best 140lb’er in the world? I thought he weathered the storm nicely and proved so. Would you agree?

Vivek W. (ESB): I think Garcia did a very good job and earned the victory, but I would also say lets keep things in perspective. Judah is a solid veteran and one who knows the boxing game as well as most. Sadly for him, execution is another story. The biggest subplot coming into the night for Judah was whether or not he would stay on course after getting touched up a little. What we learned is he would try a bit harder, but in the end it wouldn’t be enough, as again, his effort fell short on the big stage. Continue reading

Khan: I want the Danny Garcia fight

khan111It’s no secret that Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) looked pretty bad last Saturday night in beating Julio Diaz (40-8-1, 29 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision. Khan was knocked down in that fight in the 4th and hurt to the point where he needed to hold onto Diaz in the 11th.

Khan was also hurt in the 9th and 10th rounds from shots from Diaz. The judges gave him a close decision by the scores of 114-113, 115-113 and 115-113. Khan now will be off until December at which point he’ll be likely facing Lucas Matthysse, Danny Garcia or Lamont Peterson. Continue reading

Danny Garcia & Peter Quilln Retain Titles In Thrilling Night of Brooklyn Boxing; Khan Wins Unanimous Decision From Sheffield, England

15(Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda) NEW YORK (April 28, 2013) – In a thrilling night of boxing before an excitable crowd of more than 13,000 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Danny “Swift” Garcia won a hard-fought unanimous decision over veteran Brooklynite Zab Judah to retain his WBA Super, WBC and Ring Magazine 140-pound titles. In the co-feature, Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin outworked Fernando Guerrero to retain his WBO Middleweight World Championship via a the seventh round technical knockout.

Garcia and Judah entered the arena with a trail of bad blood stemming from animosity throughout the event promotion. While both fighters started slow in a feeling-out process, Garcia began to gain momentum, visibly hurting Judah for the first time in the fifth. In the eighth round Garcia landed a crisp straight right hand that sent Judah to the canvas. The punch seemed to awaken something within the crafty Judah who turned the fight around in the tenth round. Continue reading

Khan defeats Diaz; Wilder KOs Harrison in 1!

Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) had to get up off the deck to defeat former IBF lightweight champion Julio Diaz (40-8-1, 29 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, UK. Khan was hurt five times in the fight, and knocked down in the 4th by a left hook. In rounds 8 though 11, Khan was badly staggered by heard shots from Diaz. It was only through the use of Khan’s holding and pulling down on the back of Diaz’s head that he was able to survive those rounds. The final judges’ scores were 114-113, 115-113, 115-112. I had Diaz winning rounds 3, 4, 8, 9, 10 and 11. In other words, I had Diaz winning the fight.>

Khan controlled the action in rounds one and two. Diaz fought well in rounds three and four in landing heavy shots. After Khan was knocked down in the 4th, he came back to fight well in the 5th through 7th rounds, albeit using a lot of questionable tactics like pulling down on Diaz’s head and holding his left arm out far in front of him so that Diaz couldn’t get close. From the 8th round to 11th, Diaz had Khan hurt in each of these rounds, but Khan did a good job of holding on and running. Continue reading

Video: Amir Khan vs. Julio Diaz / Audley Harrison vs. Deontay Wilder Weigh-In

Weights from Sheffield, England:

Amir Khan 142.25 – Julio Diaz 142.25
Deontay Wilder 224.8 – Audley Harrison 236

“The Return of the King: Khan vs. Diaz” is a 12 round 143 pound catch-weight bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Khan Promotions and sponsored by JD Sport, Maxi Muscle, Pasha and Hollywood Milkshakes.

Fans in the United Kingdom can watch “The Return of the King: Khan vs. Diaz” live on BoxNation (Sky Channel 437 or Virgin Channel 546) at 7:00 p.m. BST. To subscribe, visit www.boxnation.com.

Fans in the United States can watch “The Return of the King: Khan vs. Diaz” on tape delay on SHOWTIME BOXING: Special Edition immediately following the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING broadcast of Danny Garcia vs. Zab Judah. Continue reading

Video: Amir Khan vs Julio Diaz, Wilder vs Harrison Press Conference Interviews

Khan, a former Unified Light-Welterweight World Champion, makes his long awaited return to a British ring against Former World Champion Diaz in a 12-round 143lbs catch-weight fight, with 2000 Olympic Champion Audley Harrison facing unbeaten heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder; the professional debuts of 2012 Olympic Bronze Medallist Anthony Ogogo and Khan’s younger brother Haroon; plus former Unified World Lightweight Champion Nate Campbell, all live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). To subscribe visit www.boxnation.com

British boxing superstar Amir Khan, his opponent Julio Diaz plus the undercard fighters featuring on their show this Saturday will come together for a head-to-head press conference live on www.boxnation.com from 12.30pm today. All fighters will come face-to-face and meet with the media to discuss their fights this Saturday night at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield. Continue reading

Video: Amir Khan arrives in the UK ahead of Julio Diaz fight on BoxNation

BoxNation caught Amir Khan as he arrived in the UK ahead of his fight LIVE on BoxNation against Julio Diaz on April 27th..

Khan v Diaz is just one a number of fantastic fights coming up on BoxNation in April and May. Later that same night we’ve got Martin Murray’s WBC World Middleweight title challenge against Sergio Martinez in Buenos Aires, while on May 4th, it’s pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Robert Guerrero. Continue reading

Khan vs. Diaz to be televised on Showtime immediately following Garcia vs. Judah on April 27

1319NEW YORK (April 4, 2013) – British superstar and former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Amir “King” Khan’s first fight in England in nearly two years against former World Champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz will be televised on SHOWTIME® on Saturday, April 27, immediately following the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING event featuring Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia against former Four-Time and Two-Division World Champion Zab “Super” Judah.

Khan vs. Diaz, a 12-round 143-pound catch-weight bout, will emanate from Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England, and air on tape delay on SHOWTIME BOXING: Special Edition. Highlights of 2012 British Olympic Bronze Medalist Anthony Ogogo’s professional debut will also be shown during the telecast. Continue reading