Amir Khan Needs To Fight Or Shut Up

Posted: April 6, 2015 in Personal Thoughts
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Amir Khan is no doubt a superstar and household name in England.  But is he a worldwide superstar, or is he just trying to make himself look like one?  He sure has done a lot of talking the last couple of months, but not a lot of fighting.  Ok, so he wiped out Devon Alexander, but then again, Alexander doesn’t look like the fighter he used to be anymore.  It all started when Arim Khan had the audacity to give the pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather a deadline to fight him.  Is that a joke?  Obviosly Floyd thought it was, as he didn’t even justify that treat with a response.  Then Khan proceeded to call out Manny Pacquiao.  That too was shrugged off by Pacman, because he had better things to worry about.

Khan then said he wants a fight with Kell Brook in a winner take all matchup, meaning the loser goes home with no belt, and no money.  A report surfaced a few days ago that Khan was offered an IBF eliminator against Tim Bradley, with the winner to face Kell Brook.  Now Khan says that the report was completely untrue.  So what is going on here?  Why is Khan demanding all these things?  Is he even a champion?  The answer is no.  Thus is all a ploy to get his name out there for a chance at a big fight.  The truth of the matter is, almost every time Khan has been in the ring with an elite level opponent, he has lost that fight.  His first career loss was to Breidis Prescott in September of 2008, and it was ugly.  Prescott knocked Khan out in the first round of that fight.  In 2009, Khan did defeat Marco Antonio Berrera, but he was way past his prime, and at the end of his career.

Khan had a few more nice wins against the likes of Zab Judah, Paulie Malignaggi, and Marcos Maidana, but then the elite fight came back.  Khan would lose a split decision  to Lamont Peterson in December of 2011, that would be followed by a TKO loss to Danny Garcia in 2012.  So again, I restate my question.  Where does Amir Khan get the audacity to make all of these demand?  In fact, it is my opinion that Khan is just making himself look worse then he already does, with all of this trash talking.  He is a good fighter, and I won’t take that away from him.  I was very impressed with him  in the Devon Alexander fight, a fight that I predicted Khan to lose.  He was a different Khan.  He was more aggressive, sharper, and more powerful.  But is he really an elite fighter?  He’s very good yes, but he hasn’t earned the title of great yet.  Maybe by beating opponents that have already fought “the greats”, will get Khan on their radar, and one of “the greats” will finally fight him.  Until then, my advice is this, Amir Khan needs to shut his mouth and stack up wins.  That is the only path to greatness.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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