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13 NOVEMBER 2018


Prospect of the Year: Amir Khan

Khan has been called the new Mayweather (pic Mr Will)
Khan has been called the new Mayweather (pic Mr Will)

By Clive Bernath: It is very rare indeed for any young boxer to receive an award after just eight months as a professional and just four professional fights but young Englishman Amir Khan achieved just that when thousands of SecondsOut readers voted him their Prospect of the Year for 2005.

Does he deserve to be voted the world's best young prospect after just four very one sided and predictable fights? Obviously he does because you the readers voted him so, ahead of some of the most talented opposition including Irishman John Duddy, Canadian super-middleweight Lucian Bute, American Chad Dawson and British hope Anthony Small.

The 19 year-old from Bolton in Northern England first came to the notice of the world's press when as an 18 year-old he grabbed the lightweight silver medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004. No sooner had the silverware been packed away than Khan wasted no time in signing pro with Frank Warren's Sports Network.

On his debut in July this year Khan wasted no time in showcasing his skills when he bombed out unfortunate Londoner David Bailey (no not the photographer) after just 1.49 of the opening round. Then came a shutout four round points win over the more resilient Baz Carey and stoppages against Steve Gethin (rsf 3) and Daniel Thorpe (rsf 2).

Khan is currently visiting his ancestral home of Pakistan, bringing relief to those who have suffered in the recent Earthquake, and could not be reached in time for this article but his management team passed on their thanks and best wishes to SecondsOut's readers on behalf of Boxing's Boy Wonder.

It really is much too early to tell just how successful Khan will become in the future as he still has a very long way to go before knocking on the door of championship class. His critics say that he gets caught far too often and that he is not a big puncher. That's as maybe but he is getting fitter, stronger and more experienced as time goes on. Also on the plus side he is benefiting from terrestrial tv exposure and building up a huge fan base which will help him tremendously as he moves up in class and fights for titles.

Becoming's Prospect of the Year really is a massive achievement for one so young. Take a look below at the other young talent from around the world that our loyal band of readers voted for:

RUNNER UP John Duddy, 13-0 (12),The ultra-popular New York based Irishman has impressed local crowds over the last year and looks to definitely be one to watch for the future. A huge appearance at Madison Square Garden is already pencilled in for the New York.

The big punching Canadian Lucian Bute has stopped all 15 of his
opponents so far including an eighth round stoppage over Kabary Salem, who took WBO super-middleweight king Joe Calzaghe the distance. It appears inevitable that he will win a version of the world title in the not too distant future.

Another undefeated super-middleweight that is impressing at the moment is New Haven's Chad Dawson. The 23 year-old is currently 20-0 with 14 stoppages. It looks as though he will box on the undercard of the unification match between WBO king Joe Calzaghe and IBF titleholder Jeff Lacy early in 2006. Read into that what you will.

British middleweight Anthony Small is currently 9-0 and a flashy unorthodox switch hitter who has really impressed in 2005. 2006 will almost certainly see him prove his worth one way or the other.

WINNER: Amir Khan

Previous Prospects of the Year
2004: Daniel Ponce De Leon
2003: Roman Greenberg
2002: Miguel Cotto
2001: Francisco Bojado
2000: Julio Diaz

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