S J Baker
on Sun 14-Feb-2010:
So Amir Khan is chasing a New York dance with Paulie Malignaggi, what a surprise.
Khan has all the offensive tools in the world going forward and his speed and power are something to behold but his own talk of being a genuine world champion is still a little unrealistic.
Since the Prescott set back, he is yet to have a fight – the Fagin scuffle was an understandable return and putting the ghost of Barrera to bed doesn’t look bad on the CV but beating the mechanical, punchless Kotelnik and the comedic mandatory challenge of Dmitry Salita does not a world force make.
A little humility goes a long way as Audley Harrison also still hasn’t realised.
Now Khan has the chance to prove he is progressing by accepting a clash with the far less comedic mandatory Marcos Maidana instead of pursuing the smaller, shot J M Marquez, the once great Ricky Hatton or the ticket shifting Magic Man, who even a shot Hatton manhandled to defeat.
If Khan entertained and beat Maidana, followed that with Tim Bradley then looked at acid testing Edwin Valero and won…..wow, what a fighter the UK could proudly boast and if he lost against any of them, then wow, fairplay to the young warrior.
After that of course, Mayweather and Pacman may just fancy their own tussle with a young Englishman who’s stock would have risen sky high.
As it is, expect an early rounds KO against Malignaggi, then maybe the same against Ricky Hatton on Manchester City’s pitch in the Autumn.