Khan comes through torrid spell to retain WBA
WBA light welterweight Amir Khan improved to 24-1 (17ko) with a close, hard fought win over mandatory challenger Marcos 'El Chino' Maidana on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino in Las Vegas.
The Golden Boy Promotions event saw 31-0 Joan Guzman knock out jouneyman Jason Davis in a couple of rounds, before Victor Ortiz and Lamont Peterson battle to a majority draw.
The main event saw Khan start brightly, dropping Maidana with a sickening body shot in the opener.
Using all his advantages of fast hands and feet, he kept the big punching brawler at bay until the mid point, before Maidana crashed foward landing heavy blows to Khan around the chest and arms and began clawing back some points.
Round ten saw Khan in deep trouble as he got tagged hard and often by Maidana, who pinned him to the ropes as Khan fired nothing in return. Calls for a stoppage were ignored by referee Joe Cortez and Khan recovered and returned fire before the bell.
The final two rounds saw the speed, output and energy sapped from Khan, who fought in bursts but kept out of trouble where possible, or tucked up tightly to absorb the equally tired Maidana's bombs.
Maidana, who has 27ko from 29 wins, just couldn't find the energy to put the full force into his shots. Closer inspection of his record shows that 25 of his knock outs are from the first half of his contests.
Khan finished tired but victorious, taking the win on points with scores of 111-114, 111-114 and 112-113.
I had the fight 114-111 with the first round knock down equalled out by Khan's torrid tenth round.
"To those people who say Amir Khan can't take a shot, I've proved to them that I can. I'm sure I've shut a lot of people up." said a jubilant Khan.
WBO champion Timothy Bradley was ringside to observe the action and declared that he thought the fight was very close, but "Khan proved that he is a warrior." tonight.
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