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Grant Watson

Great article. Khan has that xfactor that makes a PPV star, you either love him or loathe him but you always have to watch him.

Posted April 3, 2013 3:19 pm 


Traveller, you really are a tosspot Khan lover. Ali backed his trash talking up and was very tongue in cheek with it, Khan gets KO’d by almost anyone with a half decent dig, the only thing they have in common is the Muslim connection and the fact they both won medals at the Olympics. Khan needs to fight either a re-match with Danny Garcia or the winner of Alexander vs Brook at welter and be victorious to gain any kind of respect back from me and stop fannying about with light punching Lightweights!!

Posted April 1, 2013 4:41 pm 


@ Traveller, pity you can’t spell Warriors “warriours” you thick tw4t.

Posted April 1, 2013 9:17 am 


The article itself was very well written and gets close to the cruz of the matter re: Khan. He just cant quite cut it at the highest level. When he punches in bunches, his speed and accuracy are mind-blowing but an opponent of any class will always know to tuck up, defend, suck it up… his chance will come. Because for all the speed and accuracy, Khan does not really have a big punch. The best analogy would be someone like Calzaghe who LOST a huge knockout punch through injury and instead evolved and threw more and more punches but with less power. Frustrating as hell for an opponent, energy sapping and demoralising but Calzaghe had that extra string to his bow… a cast iron chin. You knew it was going to be a long night in there. With Khan, anyone with a decent punch knows he has always got a chance, its what makes Khans fights so exciting, but its what stops Khan from stepping up and sitting at that top table

Posted April 1, 2013 2:55 am 


No son, wrong again!

However, I do have a passport; Three, to be precise and a green card ;-)

Now go to bed and stop telling porkies to people!

Posted April 1, 2013 12:52 am 


Traveler, you’re a clown. You can generalize as much as you want, but in the UK boxers are tested with UA’s, same as everywhere else unless otherwise specified under contract by both parties.

Only time a fighter is required to give blood is for licensing.

Posted March 31, 2013 11:38 pm 

High Tower

Amir has taken a severe amount of flack from the UK public personally and professionally, and I can’t see what he has deserved for either. Personally: Loves the ladies? As a young man in his early 20s with fame and millions inthe bank, there’d be something wrong with him if he didn’t regardless if his community thought otherwise, Professionally: World champ, who has always been in an exciting fact.

I like Amir and think he has had a v rough time from the public Being in a trade as rough and pressured as boxing I doubt he’s assed how people think he should act, and he shouldn’t be. I hope he is in more top fights and look forward to cheering him on!

Posted March 31, 2013 9:41 pm 

horst fraze

shades of prince hamed!

Posted March 31, 2013 7:19 pm 

Da UnKnown Comic

Shouldn’t the title be A Mere Con- Divided Opinion?

Posted March 31, 2013 12:16 pm 


Anon: I hear you but considering Amir was built up by the media in the UK it was inevitable we’d pull him down too. We all loved Frank, for example, but didn’t like Lennox. And we hated Eubank, even though he did back it up, because his arrogance didn’t gel with us. To be fair to Eubank, the man was a warrior, but I like him more now than I did when he was fighting…he got on my nerves. My point is, we seem to hate loud-mouthed sportsmen. Even the good ones. We prefer our heroes with flaws that they will admit to. But in a tough game (which boxing undoubtedly is) sometimes blowing one’s own trumpet is not just good for the bank, it’s necessary in terms of the whole competition…admitting flaws is admitting weakness, which no fighter wants to admit to himself, let alone his nation. I think that’s where we don’t “get” Amir. Sure, he was never going to fight Mayweather despite his protestations, but we have to understand that he needed to BELIEVE he could to maintain his own confidence.

Posted March 31, 2013 9:47 am 


Jamski some good points well made,but I don’t think it’s the case that we British hate winners I think it’s a bit more(at least in my case) is listening to delusional sports men who do well until they step up to TRUE world class and repeatedly loose who then continue to say they are the best in the world it’s the arrogance not the confidence that doesn’t sit well

Posted March 31, 2013 9:35 am 


Fantastic role model? Didn’t he hit guy with his car while passing stopped cars in traffic?

Posted March 31, 2013 8:52 am 


Decent boxing article for a change!
Better than the deluded fanboy gibberish thats been making it through the filter here at ESB all too often recently

Posted March 31, 2013 6:55 am 


The Low Blow!, The battle of Culloden – need I say any more?

Posted March 31, 2013 6:03 am 


Traveller is the worst poster in ESB history.

Posted March 31, 2013 4:25 am 

Max Iao

Thanks to the author for an excellent article! Best I’ve seen on this site in some time, please contribute more!
Khan gets a raw deal from a lot of the UK fans and press, as a Brit abroad I don’t see so much of him as a celebrity (what I do see doesnt seem especially bad) but for boxing ability I don’t see where the hatred comes from. He is great to watch, tonnes of ability, massively flawed, exactly what you want in a fighter!I love the fact that he can mix it up with anyone in the division but is always a punch away from disater too :)

Posted March 31, 2013 2:39 am 


Traveller, Khan should restrict his fights to the lingerie boxing association. He might do well there. Notice that I said might.

Posted March 30, 2013 10:15 pm 

el chapo

Great article. Not so much patience, but TOUGHNESS is the attribute that Khan seems to lack but his conquerors have plenty of. Trash, Khan’s trash talk is pure class?? You placed the punch line before the joke. Khan has no ability to talk trash and to put him and Ali in the same sentence is pure stupidity.

Posted March 30, 2013 9:52 pm 

The Low Blow !

hope #

Posted March 30, 2013 9:28 pm 

The Low Blow !

opr you’re weekend is treating ya right gold !

Posted March 30, 2013 9:27 pm 


@The Low Blow…..THANX for that informative lesson!!! Good reading!

Posted March 30, 2013 9:21 pm 

The Low Blow !

@ Traveller Which European nation has the worst record for atrocities against innocent people?

While I’d give Spain a nod for it’s version of the Inquisition – it surpassed other contemporary inquisitions and is the most well known – and for the actions of its conquistadors in the Americas I don’t think it earns top spot.

England would be my runner up. To force the Union Act in at the tail end of the 1600’s England manipulated food costs and other trade issues to destroy the Scottish economy, then bribed the Scottish nobility into voting for an act that was vastly unpopular. Add this to the brutal invasions of Wales, Scotland, and Ireland and the suppression of those peoples natural rights through physical measures and England begins to look like a monster. Then in the 19th century England forced Ireland to export food during the Potato Famine – when millions were forced to flea Ireland or starve. During the Boar War England erected concentration camps which were as bad as the Nazi labor camps (nb I said labor not death camps). England actively suppressed the native peoples of North America, Australia, and various islands in the SE Pacific destroying culture as well as life. In the 20th century we see England executing 109 leaders of the 1916 Dublin Rising with only the most perfunctory of trials. During the 1919-22 Irish Rebellion English forces and mercenaries committed heinous atrocities against civilians while the IRA contained themselves to attacking political and military targets for the most part. After the partition of Ireland into the Free State and the northern Six Counties, England bowed to the Unionists and let the Orangemen terrorize northern Catholics which directly led to the “Troubles” circa 1970-99. England brutally put down independence movements in Egypt, India, and Palestine. In the post WWI nation building England was instrumental in creating the Frankenstein states of Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia which resulted in years of internal strife. The way England redrew the map of the Middle East with disregard for ethnic lines has also led to further violence and repression.

In spite of all that England has done which has resulted in destruction I would not give the top spot. For the most part England’s atrocities stemmed from a false belief that they were doing what was RIGHT and tried to make correct decisions.

Rather I would say Poland has the worst record for atrocities among European Countries in the past 500 years. While England’s atrocities were focused outward and were designed to make England stronger, Poland’s actions were focused inward and did nothing but weaken it as a political entity. Poland’s history of pogroms against its Jews stretches back almost beyond memory. Polish pogroms in the 1400s sparked pogroms all over Europe. While other countries were unifying in the 1700s, Polish nobility continued to destroy each other over minuscule issues. During WWII the Polish peasantry actively aided the SS in rounding up and executing Jews. The fact that most of the Polish atrocities were sparked out of spite makes them much worse in my opinion.

Posted March 30, 2013 9:12 pm 


Hey Traveller, you have been accusing ALL American fighters of being ‘doped-up’ and only a few of the American fighters you have mentioned are ‘doped-up’. You have no basis whatsoever for calling ALL American fighters ‘doped-up’ and you have lost all credibility with your baseless labels.

Posted March 30, 2013 7:05 pm 


Forget abut this guy. He’s been exposed already. No chin, nothing special.

Posted March 30, 2013 6:31 pm 



Posted March 30, 2013 6:28 pm 


His next fight is at 143? cant he just go to 147 its all this footering aboyt that makes folk wonder what the hell he’s doing, imo he should stay at 140 and fight the winner of the Rios vs Alverdo fight tonight.

Posted March 30, 2013 6:18 pm 


I would like to see him get in there with bigger names, he has the ability to straight away I just don’t like how he goes back to a few meaningless fights after a defeat he should be chasing the guy who just beat him, that would win him an army of fans but he takes the soft way out as usual.

Posted March 30, 2013 6:15 pm 


Traveller, Surely you are joking. It definitely made me laugh. You are a comedian, right? Actually, Amir’s been defeated three times. There. Is that funny? No, that’s reality.

Posted March 30, 2013 5:54 pm 


This was a very well written piece!!

Posted March 30, 2013 5:52 pm 


*if he had a granite chin and a better ability to use his gifts he would be untouchable but he still a world class fighter no doubt just not the best.

Posted March 30, 2013 5:44 pm 


Like a few more on here I just can’t stand Khan,he’s a hype job and I only watch him in the hope he gets KOd…

Posted March 30, 2013 4:51 pm 


I think part of the charm and fascination of watching an amir khan fight is watching him get blown out and utterly destroyed in some fights, and then waiting to see if his ego will still be standing in the end, and incredibly, after those fights he pretends like they didn’t even happen! Wow! So I keep watching to see if he will come back down to earth one day, waiting only a matter of time for the next spectacular highlight-reel KO loss and wondering what he’ll say in the interview; what kind of excuses, and demanding the rematches that he wouldn’t give anybody else. In a nutshell, I think I just spoke for 90% of the people who watch amir khan fights.

Posted March 30, 2013 4:47 pm 


Khan went from mouthing off about fighting Mayweather but here he is fighting a lightweight instead, reality is Khan is a nothing more than a hype that has been exposed several times now and if you don’t see that you don’t wannna

Posted March 30, 2013 4:31 pm 

Red Ryan


Posted March 30, 2013 4:31 pm 

Red Ryan

“IT’S THE MAN IN THE HAT’S FAULT” Just F@ck off chinless wonder.

Posted March 30, 2013 4:27 pm 


Good article and a good read. As for Khan, all I know is that I liked him when he was an amateur. I found his win over Mario Kindelan after his loss to him in the 2004 Olympic Lightweight final, and as a springboard to him joining the pro ranks, dubious to say the least. Then he had a bit of a career and now I can’t stand him. Do I analyse the reasons why I no longer like him? No.

Posted March 30, 2013 4:25 pm 


Exalent article,the reason for the polarised opinion on Khan seems to come from a mixture of his own arrogance in as much as he sees his self as the top man in the division which has been proven not to be the case and his inability to take a loss without all the excuses in the world.Golden boy have made him genuinely think he is top dog by making Matthyse,Peterson,Garcia have a sort of fight off,discrasfull really.Khan seems to be a big deal in the US but in the uk don’t think I personaly know a khan fan he comes across as a bragat who is exciting to watch but only to see him get KOd.

Posted March 30, 2013 4:05 pm 

Ben Hill

What can I say? alright, Broner don’t f% care about patience!

Posted March 30, 2013 4:04 pm 


great article, I have to say though although khan lacks ring intelligence and when he loses its dramatic. I love watching him!

he is very rarely in a boring fight and isn’t that what we want? I am tired of watching these over-matched, over-hyped fights.
that never deliver. Khans needs 3 or 4 good wins with credible opponents before he gets his rematches (garcia, peterson).
but I for one cant wait as it it will be entertaining (while it lasts).

Posted March 30, 2013 4:03 pm 


Neil. Agreed, Khan is also always prepared to take on all comers, regardless of their reputation/toughness.

Posted March 30, 2013 3:52 pm 


What a idiot, What about scummy thieving gipsies?

Posted March 30, 2013 3:49 pm 


A well written, insightful and balanced article on ESB? I can hardly believe it. Hope to see more of this author’s work here.

That said, Khan’s lack of patience is just one part of the larger problem, which is his lack of any ring IQ. I almost never see him place a shot deliberately, or use his speed to counter in anything other than an instinctive fashion, etc.

Posted March 30, 2013 3:13 pm 


Khan is a good world-level fighter who, win lose or draw, is exciting to watch. His weakness and strengths are easy to identify. I dont get why he polarises people so much …… he is always value for money and thats why we all watch boxing; to be entertained.

Posted March 30, 2013 3:12 pm 

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