Brit boxer Amir Khan retains WBA light-welterweight title

Sunday, December 12, 2010

LAS VEGAS - British boxer Amir Khan has retained his WBA light-welterweight title with a superb points victory over Argentina’s Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas.

Khan floored his opponent with a body shot in the first round, but a willingness to stand and trade with the explosive Maidana left him in severe trouble on a number of occasions.

Maidana landed a huge right hand that hurt Khan badly in the 10th round, and a series of punches had Khan in trouble, but he stayed on his feet and survived the round.

The champion then regained his composure in the final two rounds to win a unanimous decision with two of the three judges scoring the fight 114-111 while the third scored it 113-112.

After the win, Khan now believes that he has ended any lingering doubts about his punch resistance.

“What a great fight it was, man. This is boxing, and you have to fight the best. You can’t take any shortcuts. Most people said to me, ‘You’ve got no chin’. Well I’ve proved them wrong,” the Guardian quoted Khan, as saying.

“He was strong. I hit him with some big shots. And there were times in the fight when I got caught, but took it. I made a few mistakes that I won’t make again. Sometimes I fight with my heart too much. But I’m young. I’m still learning,” he added. (ANI)

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