Amir Khan: Does He Have A Weak Chin?

29.11.06 - By Colin Shields: I raise this question based on a trend I have noticed about Amir Khans opposition. We all expect a young, inexperienced fighter to be fed the traditional fare of tomato-cans on his way up the rankings but, in Khans case, the opposition appears to be even more selectively chosen. Khans professional opposition to date:

David Bailey 3-4-0 0 Kos 0% Ko

Baz Carey 9-13-3 3 Kos 33% Ko

Steve Gethin 9-18-2 5 Kos 56% Ko

Daniel Thorpe 19-44-2 7 Kos 37% Ko

Vitali Martynov 9-1-0 6 Kos 67% Ko

Jackson Williams 12-3-0 0 Kos 0% Ko

Laszlo Komjathi 24-10-1 11 Kos 46% Ko

Colin Bain 9-1-1 0 Kos 0% Ko

Ryan Barrett 12-2-1 3 Kos 25% ko

And on December 9th he will face:

Rachid Drilzane 10-3-0 0 Kos 0% Ko

This looks to be a very weak standard of opposition, in both senses of the word. The fighter with the highest Ko percentage, Vitali Martynov, was knocked down twice and TKOd in the second round in the fight preceding the Khan bout, and that was by a feather-fisted Willy Blain (9-0, 1Ko going in).

This makes me think that Frank Warren had confidence that his boy would knock him out before he could unleash. This turned out to be the case, as Khan stopped Martynov in 1:15 of the first.

The point that I am making is that Warren seems to be afraid to put Khan in with anyone who can hit.

I can see why, Khan is the new darling of the British Boxing scene and such an event would be financially disastrous for Warren. When Khan fights, he still has an amateurish approach- he doesnt bring his hands back to cover his face when he throws in combination and when he has to back off, he does so with his chin high in the air.

I understand that Khan is young but after 10 fights I really hope Warren ups the ante somewhat. I mean, here is a kid thats talking about fighting for a title in 2007.

I hope Warren isnt misleading Khan or getting his hopes up because, as he will find out, professional boxing is a long way away from 12oz gloves and headgear.

Article posted on 30.11.2006

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